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Jeremy Duda
14 hours ago - Business

Arizona's tax break on business equipment aims to spur economic development

Illustration of a conveyor belt in the shape of a dollar sign.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Companies will get a break on the personal property taxes they pay on equipment, which members of the business community hope will help spur economic development and attract major manufacturers to Arizona.

  • Personal property is defined as non-real estate property, including machinery, computers, farm equipment and restaurant ovens.
Jessica Boehm
14 hours ago - News

Phoenix's Trulieve dispensary signifies greater marijuana acceptance

Data: Headset; Chart: Nicki Camberg/Axios

The first Trulieve dispensary opened last week on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix with buy-one-get-one deals, a proclamation from Mayor Kate Gallego and ribbon cutting by state Rep. Jen Longdon (D).

  • The dispensary's premier location, political embrace and out-the-door line illustrated marijuana's appeal and its evolving public perception in Arizona.
Jessica Boehm
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Phoenix school lunch prices on the rise as free-lunch program ends

Data: Arizona Department of Education and district websites; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

A pandemic-era program that covered the cost of school lunch for most students has ended, and some parents may feel sticker shock when they see the new rates.

What's happening: Axios Phoenix reviewed school lunch prices for several districts across the metro area and found some have raised theirs.

Jessica Boehm
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Arizona students fell behind in math and English during pandemic

Data: Helios Education Foundation; Note: 9th graders do not take the AzM2 exam; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

Student proficiency in math and English language arts decreased across grade levels during the pandemic. That's based on a new report from the Helios Education Foundation, the Arizona State Board of Education and the Arizona Department of Education.

Jeremy Duda
Aug 8, 2022 - Politics

Possible budget fight looms over Arizona school year

Illustration of a dollar made out of chalk on a chalkboard being erased
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Arizona schools got a big budget increase this year, but that doesn't mean they'll actually get to spend all their new money.

Catch up fast: Voters in 1980 enacted an aggregate expenditure limit (AEL) that created a formulaic cap on the total amount of money that K-12 schools can spend each year, regardless of how much funding has actually been budgeted.

Jeremy Duda
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Arizona nonprofits help students in need with back-to-school supplies

Illustration of a pattern for backpacks.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Sending a student back to school is expensive, and those costs often force students from low-income families to begin the year without the supplies and clothing they need.

The big picture: The BHHS Legacy Foundation, Back-to-School Clothing Drive, Assistance League of Phoenix and other nonprofit organizations help low-income families with their back-to-school needs.

Human remains found at drought-hit Lake Mead for 4th time since May

The first ever "straw" is put into Lake Mead to bring water to Las Vegas, is shown on July 28, 2022 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada.
A depleted Lake Mead in July, at the old Basic Management Inc. intake pipe on Saddle Island, the first "straw" put into the reservoir to take water to Las Vegas. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

National Park Service rangers found more human remains at the drought-hit Lake Mead National Recreation Area to the east of Las Vegas over the weekend.

Why it matters: It's fourth such discovery in the nation's largest reservoir by volume since May as a megadrought sinks Lake Mead's water levels to the lowest since 1937, per AP.

Trump-backed Kari Lake wins GOP nomination for Arizona governor

Kari Lake holds her arms out to her sides
Kari Lake reacts to the crowd as she comes out to speak prior to former President Donald Trump's speech at a Save America Rally on Friday, July 22, 2022, in Prescott Valley, Ariz. Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP

Kari Lake defeated Karrin Taylor Robson in Arizona's Republican gubernatorial primary, AP reports, propelling the Trump-endorsed candidate into a general election where she's favored to become the state's 24th governor.

Driving the news: The former Fox 10 anchor took the race by storm last year, becoming the immediate frontrunner with a style and message that closely emulated former President Trump.