Budgets, Spending & Taxes

Tucson Gun Destruction Oridnance Under Fire

At stake are tens of millions of dollars, and the extent to which charter cities in the state can create their own rules. Via azcentral.com The Arizona Supreme Court could decide whether the state can punish cities by withholding millions of dollars in aid if local officials enact policies that contradict state law. Or, the high court may tackle a narrower question of whether Tucson’s city charter gives it the right

  Arizona State Retirement System raised its stake in BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) by 1.0% during the third quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 10,346 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 100 shares during the period. Arizona State Retirement System’s holdings in BJ’s Restaurants were worth $368,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC. Read more at

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The Tucson City Council has been asked to approve nearly $150 million in new vehicles, equipment and facilities for the police and fire departments. Via washingtontimes.com The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/2i5TFjB ) the improvements would be paid for by a proposed half-cent sales tax that’s up for voter approval in May. The council last month approved the city manager’s plan to split the sales tax

AZ Pays Tempe Company $2.1 million to Make a Video Game for Police Officers

The local company has been awarded a $2.1 million state contract to provide virtual-reality simulators for use-of-force training to police officers throughout Arizona. Source: Tempe company VirTra awarded $2.1 million Arizona contract for police simulators In the coming months, officers will have the chance to virtually immerse themselves in harrowing and potentially deadly scenarios. Encircled by 300 degrees of simulation, trainees will be armed with fake guns and other weapons, and