Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 25 for Capitol Media Services which he founded in 1991. Fischer's news reports appear in daily and weekly newspapers around the state, and are heard on Arizona Public Radio.
New figures Thursday from the state Office of Economic Opportunity put the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 5.7%. That’s down a half a point from August.
Gov. Doug Ducey has no immediate plans for how – or even if – he will try to sanction the three state universities who are requiring faculty and staff to be vaccinated despite his orders to the contrary.
It’s still a work in progress.
A new statewide poll suggests there may be little, if anything that Gov. Doug Ducey and his new $400-an-hour health adviser can do to convince many more Arizonans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 than already have made that decision.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is offering up $60 million to hospitals to help with staffing, but only if they start promoting and treating COVID patients with monoclonal antibodies.
Two Democratic members of the state's congressional delegation are asking federal officials to review the legality of Gov. Doug Ducey using COVID relief dollars to benefit only schools that do not require masks.