The three-hour open house on the proposed county budget to let residents learn more about how tax dollars will be spent seemed to focus more on the "whys" behind the spending than the "wheres."
Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller will host her own budget town hall on Friday, grilling the county staff about the proposed fiscal 2014 budget.
PHOENIX - Senate Republicans are proposing a nearly $8.8 billion spending plan for the coming year, a 1.6 percent hike over current levels.
For weeks the Tucson City Council has squabbled over the budget.
PHOENIX - Saying she's run out of patience, Gov. Jan Brewer will veto any bills sent to her until she sees movement on a new state budget and her pet Medicaid expansion project.
County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is proposing a 5 percent property tax rate increase for next year, or about $35 for the average single-family homeowner.
The Tucson City human resources director is proposing a 55-cent-an-hour across-the-board pay raise for city employees as part of next year's $1.269 billion budget.
Charter-school plans have been scaled back for two TUSD elementary schools.
Barring any last minute "miracles" to call off this Congress-inflicted fiasco, automatic federal budget cuts will kick in. The reductions total $1.2 trillion spread over nine years. The first cuts will be $85 billion by the end of September.
The Food Bank's consignment table at the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market contains fresh food grown by local gardeners throughout the city. People shopping for produce can get healthy foods on a budget.
Customer Lee Fitzhugh searches the produce at the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market. The farmers markets, put on by the Food Bank, take SNAP benefits, and the organic produce is cheaper than that sold in stores.
Junk food can make mealtime easy. And I admit it's often tasty.
February's goals are to make and stick to a budget, pay myself first, via direct deposit into a savings account and get the diet on track so I can earn the insurance incentive in October.
The following editorial appeared Sunday in The Washington Post:
PHOENIX - Republican budget planners called the governor's revenue projections too rosy Tuesday, announcing they want a much smaller spending plan than she proposed last week.
Pima Community College is months away from striking a budget for next school year, but tax and tuition hikes and another round of pay raises already are on the horizon.
Pima County's budget picture is looking rosy, but employee pay raises are still a maybe.
While the TUSD Governing Board gave the green light to close 11 schools, the district still needs approval from federal court to finalize the deal.
WASHINGTON - It's the scenario that's been spooking employers and investors and slowing the U.S. economy: