By: Joe Ducey
Posted at 10:56 AM, Mar 21, 2022
PHOENIX — If you're a renter, you know it's been a tough couple of years.
Valley rents increased by 30% in 2021 and are still on pace for similar increases this year. Is it time to consider limiting what landlords can charge?
Rent control is a divisive topic with very strong opinions on both sides.
State Senator Martin Quezada hopes this year things change. "We proposed a bill that would limit the amount of rent increases," he stated.
Quezada represents the Arizona's Legislative District 29.
While he says his previous rent control bills have gone nowhere, he hopes this year the timing is right.
"I'm having person after person telling me they can't afford their rent and they have no other place to go," Quezada said.
(The Center Square) – The Arizona Legislature has averted potential school closings by approving a one-time increase to a constitutional cap on school district spending.
The Arizona Senate approved Concurrent Resolution 2039, which allows for a one-time increase in the state’s aggregate expenditure limit (AEL) by $1.2 billion.
Voters approved a change to the state’s constitution in 1980 that capped education spending and adjusted it annually for inflation. The provision allows lawmakers to increase the limit by passing a resolution in both chambers. The Senate approved the resolution Monday after the House approved the measure last week. It does not need the governor’s signature to take effect.
In raising the limit, schools are able to spend an additional $1.2 billion in the remaining school year. Lawmakers initially appropriated the funds but COVID-19 aid sent to districts increased overall school spending.
Democrats were unanimous in supporting the measure.