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When government officials use their power to damage lawful businesses, that's corruption! The mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco are abusing their power when it comes to Chick-fil-A. And so is Pima County government when it comes to Rosemont Copper.
People are free to choose; Not Governments!
Road runner: Effort to halt 'sweeps' of pothole-fix funds sidelined
The state is getting ready to once again "sweep" pothole-repair dollars out of that fund before they ever get to our streets. Rep. Vic Williams, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, has a bill that would put an end to those sweeps, but it can't even get a hearing. Williams' bill now has bipartisan support from 21 members of the House rural caucus, transportation and appropriations committees.
Arizona's 'Caylee's Law' would make it a felony to fail to report a missing child
The legislation is a direct outgrowth of the 2008 disappearance of Caylee Anthony in Florida. Her mother, Casey, who did not report her missing for 31 days, was tried and acquitted of her murder. The National Conference of State Legislatures said more than a dozen states, including Arizona, are considering similar versions of what has been called "Caylee's Law."
Contractors say fund sweeps cost 42,000 highway jobs, want HURF reimbursed
David Martin, president of the Arizona chapter of the Associated General Contractors, is pushing for a bill next session that would halt any further sweeps of the Highway User Revenue Fund. Those sweeps, he said, have cost an estimated 42,000 jobs due to the lack of highway construction. "Those are our members building Arizona's highways, roads and streets. It's our folks who build roads," he said. "When you take away money that's supposed to go to construction, that's affecting their livelihood."
HURF is funded through fuel taxes and other highway-user fees and taxes. The money is shared by the state, counties and municipalities to be used for road maintenance, improvements and construction.
But with the state facing staggering budget deficits over the past few fiscal years, the money has been diverted for other highway-related functions, such as the Department of Public Safety for highway patrol and the Arizona Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicles Division.
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