Phoenix, AZ – The governor said the latest official prediction of $1.5 billion in red ink is no surprise. She said that's why she directed state agencies last month to detail what they would eliminate if their budgets got slashed by 15 percent. But Brewer said that, unlike prior spending reductions, the next cuts are unlikey to be across the board.
(It will be horizontal cuts. It will not be vertical cuts any longer. There will be probably a lot of programs that will have to be done away with.)
Phoenix, AZ – David Jones of the Arizona Contractors Association said the problem with the current system is that when a governor quits, dies or is forced out of office, the job goes to the secretary of state. But that person is elected independent of the governor and may not share the same philosophy.
Phoenix, AZ – John Munger said he believes he can do a better job in managing the state than the incumbent, who also happens to be a Republican.
(Jan Brewer's done the very best she can. I think it's now time for someone who wants to run for governor, who brings real leadership to this state. This campaign is not about Jan Brewer. It's about the opportunity to bring real leadership and a real specific plan to bring Arizona out of this recession.)
Phoenix, AZ – The president issued an executive order this week following a conference in Washington on the issue of distracted driving. The president said he wants to -- quote -- demonstrate federal leadership in improving safety on our roads and highways. Gubernatorial press aide Paul Senseman said Brewer and Alberto Gutier, head of her office of highway safety, are looking at the issue.
For decades trading posts were the centers of Navajo communities. They served as grocery stores, banks, and bustling social hubs. Now many of their historic functions have been replaced by modern supermarkets and Wal Mart. But places like Hubbell Trading Post the longest continuously operating post on the reservation are still vital to the preservation of Navajo culture. Rose Houk has the latest story in our week-long series "America's Best Idea."
Flagstaff, AZ – Today marks the official end of the monsoon season. And this summer's was one of the driest on record. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl sat down with Flagstaff-based meteorologist, Lee Born, for a monsoon season wrap-up.
Flagstaff, AZ – Perhaps the most famous cliff dwellings in Arizona Keet Seel, Betatakin, and Inscription House are protected in Navajo National Monument. During the Great Depression, a government program put a crew to work excavating Keet Seel. Little was known about that expedition until recently, when a diary was discovered detailing the story of three generations of archaeologists and local Navajos who worked at the monument. Rose Houk has the fourth installment in KNAU's series "America's Best Idea."