Flagstaff, AZ – Last month the Arizona legislature passed a budget that would have cut hundreds of millions of dollars from health care for the poor. But now it looks like those programs are no longer on the state's chopping block. And many families are relieved to hear that AHCCCS (pronounced "access") and Kids Care are still intact at least for now. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Intro) The state's financial crisis has affected all levels of government and public education. At Northern Arizona University, the budget deficits have led to changes in the way things are done. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer has more.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona Highways Magazine is partnering with the state to help generate funding for state parks in jeopardy of closing due to Arizona's budget crisis. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Attorney General Terry Goddard is in northern Arizona today as part of his statewide tour to kick off his gubernatorial campaign. The Democrat ran unsuccessfully for Governor twice in the 1990s. He told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker why he thinks the third time's the charm.
Phoenix, AZ – The legislation cuts corporate income taxes by 28 percent. It also contains a provision that would virtually eliminate income taxes for firms who sell most of their goods outside of the state. And the state property tax would be phased out. Only thing is, the move comes just ahead of a May 18 election where the governor wants voters to hike their own taxes on everything they buy to help balance the budget.
Phoenix, AZ – At a press conference today Goddard said he was not preparing a plan of his own to bring revenues into line with expenses. But he said that cutting spending even further cannot be the whole answer.
(We have a whole set of revenue options that have not been considered. I would submit some of the loopholes that are still in our tax system need to be closed. Some of the special exceptions that have grown up over the years we can certainly not afford any more.)