The Arizona Legislature passed, and Governor Ducey signed, the Fiscal Year 2022 budget earlier this week. Under Arizona’s budget, nearly $1 billion in debt is paid off and another $1 billion is appropriated to help reduce the state’s pension liabilities.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture received increased funding for Plant Services Division salary increases, State Agriculture Laboratory Scientist position and equipment, salary increases for 12 Agriculture Lab Positions, funding for cloud services migration, and more.

Robert Medler

On June 25, 2021, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law SB21-087, a bill that includes a host of sweeping agriculture labor law reforms. 

Styled by sponsors Senators Jessie Danielson and Dominick Moreno as establishing an “Agricultural Workers’ Bill of Rights,” the new law provides overtime and meal and rest periods for agricultural employees. It also prohibits the use of the short-handled hoe – an implement that has been banned in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  

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