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.
The mayor of Tucson is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses – but only those that Gov. Doug Ducey said local governments can shutter.
Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday ordered Arizona hospitals to come up with plans to increase bed capacity by 50% within the next month and actually have half of those ready to go by April 10.
The number of Arizonans diagnosed with - and dying - from COVID-19 will continue to increase for at least the next month, the state's chief health officer said Wednesday.
Arizonans renters affected by COVID-19 will not be in danger of being put out on the street, at least through July 23.
A new executive order by Gov. Doug Ducey on "essential services'' appears less designed to empower him to force people to stay home than to preclude Arizona cities from once again getting out in front of him on actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The number of Arizonans applying for jobless benefits jumped by a factor of seven this past week, providing the first clear indicators of the effect COVID-19 is having on the state economy.
Gov. Doug Ducey is preparing a list of what are "essential services'' should he decide to order everyone who doesn't fit into that category to stay home due to COVID-19.
In an executive order Friday, Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to waive certain existing requirements for those who want unemployment insurance.