Here they are: The Farley Reports!

These are the archived issues of the Farley Report, an inside view on what's really going on at the Arizona Legislature, written by Steve Farley each Tuesday during session, and each month during off session. You can subscribe directly by signing up and entering your email address on this website.

The latest Report is at the top, and following are the editions back in time to the report for January 2011.

The Farley Report form Phoenix #277: 5-9-17

The 53rd Legislature, 1st Regular Session is limping toward adjournment for good — hopefully later today, or tomorrow at the latest. 

While it will over soon, we didn’t escape without a bunch more damage — the budget as laid out in last week’s Farley Report passed mostly intact with a few more pieces of conservative pork thrown in to attract votes from the hard right. Like much of what Governor Ducey did this session, it hurts our ability to move forward as a state and increases the mess we have to clean up once this Governor and his fellow travelers are finally voted out of office. 

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #276: 5-2-17

Budget Week officially started today, and I’ve got a whole lot of details to share with you, most of which clearly demonstrate Governor Ducey’s wrong priorities.  Bottom line: He’s willing to shortchange universities, teachers, and families in crisis because he’s afraid to negotiate with Democrats. And he’s giving away another $107.2 million in corporate tax cuts. 

And you’re not going to believe his new source of funding for private prison beds. 

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #275: 4-25-18

This is the slowest week yet in this year’s Legislature as we wait for the emergence of majority lawmakers and the Governor from their proverbial smoke-filled rooms where they have been clashing over their own budget priorities behind closed doors.

As is traditional in recent years, their budget will be slammed through in three days with little public input, possibly next week, but those of us in the current minority are ready with amendments that will lay out a better way to govern our state, starting with actual significant teacher raises for public schools. 

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #274: 4-18-17

Sadly the Legislature is still in session, so it’s still not safe for Arizona’s citizens. While there are plenty of rumors afoot about budget deals being struck among the various Republican factions, there’s no agreement yet. So for now we’re going to have to continue to watch carefully for bad bills to appear on the Senate floor with little notice and try to swat them down.  

One of those awful bills was the statewide private school voucher scheme that was signed by Governor Ducey the week before last to great accolades from out-of-state conservative celebrities and great outcry from Arizona students, teachers, and parents; another horrible bill was signed by Ducey last week to gut our citizen initiative process. More on that after the Farley Report Pledge Break: 

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #273: 4-12-17

Last Thursday sent a shockwave through students, teachers, and parents — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike — all over the state. After politically threatening holdout Republicans, Governor Ducey rammed SB1431 —  the statewide private school voucher bill  — through the legislature and signed it into law that night. 

The first people to tweet congratulations to the Governor were Jeb Bush and President Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. It’s clear that, in privatizing our public school system, Doug Ducey is serving his DC friends, not AZ kids.

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #272: 4-4-17

The pace of legislation is slowing down now as we await word of a budget deal from the majority caucuses and the Governor’s Office. Word is, that deal may be a few weeks away at the earliest, so we will be spending a lot of waiting-around time until we get out of here for good. 

Despite a lot of talk about including Democrats in the budget process, that new climate has not materialized just yet. Even Governor Brewer recognized that Democrats can bring a lot to the table to broker a final deal — perhaps once the majority realizes they can’t come to agreement on their own, we may get some of our priorities included. How about 4% teacher raises instead of Governor Ducey’s 0.4% ?

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #271: 3-28-17

The zombie bills were out in force in the last committee still meeting in the Senate this week — Appropriations. We heard 14 bills, and 7 were strikers. I’ll talk in detail about the worst of them, HB2244.   

But first, the Farley Report Pledge Break…

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #270: 3-21-17

It’s the last week for committees to hear bills (with the exception of Appropriations Committees), so one would think that we are nearing the end and the risk of wayward bills would be receding. However, that’s not quite the way it works around here. 

In fact, this is the week when dead bills come back to life in record numbers. The form that a zombie bill takes is a “striker” or “strike-everything” amendment. Like a parasitic wasp feeding on a sickly host caterpillar, a dying but moving bill is taken over by an entirely unrelated bill in committee. This week, I will tell you the story of one of these walking dead bills that is aiming to legalize yet another type of predatory lending in Arizona.  

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #269: 3-14-17

I really, really, really wanted to write a Farley Report full of good news this week, but the Legislative Majority and Governor had other plans. But if you make it through the bad news stories, I did find a ray of hope to report at the end.

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #268: 3-7-17

Things are calming down considerably around here after the frenetic action of last week, but there’s still plenty going on.

But first, the Farley Report Pledge Break…

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