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State Capitol News
8:41 am
Wed February 10, 2010

State representative hopes to ban food stamp users from buying cigarettes and alcohol

State representative hopes to ban food stamp users from buying cigarettes and alcohol

Phoenix, AZ – The way freshman state representatives Frank Antenori sees it, if
you're buying your groceries with food stamps, you shouldn't be
pulling cash out of your pocket for beer or cigarettes. Arizona
Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

Earth Notes
6:22 am
Wed February 10, 2010

Earth Notes - Fierce Ground Squirrels

Earth Notes - Fierce Ground Squirrels

Flagstaff, AZ – Ground Squirrels may seem like innocent woodland creatures. But, when it comes to protecting the nest, they can be more fierce than a rattlesnake.

State Capitol News
3:46 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

House gives final approval to borrow $750 million to balance budget

House gives final approval to borrow $750 million to balance budget

Phoenix, AZ – Without a vote to spare, the state House gave final approval this afternoon to a plan to borrow $750 million to balance the current budget. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

State Capitol News
9:42 am
Tue February 9, 2010

House panel limits who can recieve private and parochial school scholarships

House panel limits who can recieve private and parochial school scholarships

Phoenix, AZ – A House panel refused Monday to limit who can get scholarships for private and parochial schools -- scholarships paid for with money that would otherwise go to the state. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

KNAU and Arizona News
4:31 pm
Mon February 8, 2010

Communities struggle to keep parks open

Communities struggle to keep parks open

Flagstaff, AZ – Many Arizona communities are struggling to save their natural and historic treasures as state parks face severe budget cuts. Flagstaff's Riordan Mansion is set to close later this month along with Winslow's Homolovi Ruins and Lyman Lake in Saint Johns. As Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports some of the parks may not have enough financial support to survive this economic crisis.

State Capitol News
9:47 am
Mon February 8, 2010

Budget efforts hit roadblock

Budget efforts hit roadblock

Phoenix, AZ – Efforts to plug a big hole in the state budget hit a snag this
afternoon. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports

State Capitol News
9:53 am
Fri February 5, 2010

Opposition in sales tax hike

Opposition in sales tax hike

Phoenix, AZ – The decision by lawmakers to ask voters to hike state sales taxes
by a penny sets the stage for a May 18 election. But Arizona
Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that Thursday's House
debate on the issue shows there will be opposition.

State Capitol News
9:50 am
Fri February 5, 2010

May sales tax vote could indicate August primary

May sales tax vote could indicate August primary

Phoenix, AZ – The May 18th vote on higher sales tax could shape up as an early
indicator of the August primary -- and whether Governor Jan
Brewer has a political future. Arizona Public Radio's Howard
Fischer explains.

State Capitol News
11:59 am
Thu February 4, 2010

Brewer defends legislative budget plan

Brewer defends legislative budget plan

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer is defending the legislative plan to help
balance this year's budget -- even though it is filled with the
same kind of accounting maneuvers that she said got the state
into its current financial mess. Arizona Public Radio's Howard
Fischer reports.

State Capitol News
10:01 am
Thu February 4, 2010

House vots for asking voters for one cent tax hike

House vots for asking voters for one cent tax hike

Phoenix, AZ – The state House voted this afternoon to ask voters for a one- cent hike in state sales taxes for the next three years. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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