Odd and interesting news stories from the Midwest.
Praise for Martha McSally, scientist stories, criticism for TUSD board, county bonds.
Opinions on JTED funding, Folk Shop, capitalism and socialism, county bond failure.
Letters on homeowner's property taxes, congestion on River Rd., negativity about police.
Gov. Doug Ducey signs new regulations of Uber- and Lyft-type rideshare taxis and extends environmental gas tax.
It looks like Arizonans are not going to get a penny-a-gallon break in gas prices, at least not this year.
In other developments, proposal to create state inspector general appears to be failing.
Not raising Arizona's gas tax put a squeeze on county road repairs.
PHOENIX — State lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday with more cash available than they need to cover the basic operation of state government.
County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry calls it a “Band-Aid,” but it is unclear what the Pima County Board of Supervisors will eventually call it.
Says housing market is still sensitive to rising prices.
Says industry has benefited from delays in fee increases.
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry plans to increase roadway development impact fees by $279 for typical single-family homes starting next week.
FLINT, Mich. - The idea of a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax is being discussed - and tested in states like Oregon and Iowa.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Increases in miles per gallon mean less gasoline is consumed. That means less fuel tax revenue for highways. Unless new revenue is found, the result is more potholes and more traffic jams.
County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry and the Pima Association of Governments want the state to raise gas taxes, with the extra money dedicated to patching the holes in local streets, not the ones in the state budget.
Ba-blump. Ba-blump. That's the sound you often hear while driving on a Pima County street.
Local governments are looking for ways to skim gas-tax money from street-construction projects to pay for much needed maintenance.