Howard Fischer

State Capitol Reporter

Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government news since 1982, the last 19 years for Capitol Media Services.  Prior to that, he had been Associate Editor for Phoenix Business Journal, New Times, and the (Tucson) Arizona Daily Sun and Managing Editor of the Bisbee Daily Review.  In addition to reporting for KNAU, Howard also reports for daily and weekly news institutions around the state.  Fischer and his wife, Gabe, live in Laveen, an as yet unincorporated community on the southwest edge of Phoenix.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Horne Cleared of Campaign Finance Violation

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A state administrative law judge ruled Monday that Attorney General Tom Horne did not violate campaign finance laws in his successful 2010 election. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:14 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

State Budget Finalized, but with a Few Conditions

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit azcentral.com

Gov. Jan Brewer inked her approval this afternoon to a new $9.2 billion spending plan — but not before using her constitutional power to excise it of some items she doesn’t like. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:21 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Governor Signs Tax Break Bill Limited to Just Two Industries

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit politico.com

Gov. Jan Brewer is defending a $17 million tax break she signed today for two kind of businesses and only two kinds. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:42 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Lawmakers May OK a New Kind of Vehicle

Flagstaff's own quadricycle, the Alpine Pedaler.
Credit Dawn Kish, arizonahighways.com

State lawmakers are on the verge of licensing a whole new kind of vehicle. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Gov. Jan Brewer
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Wednesday’s party-line Senate vote to allow unannounced warrantless inspections of abortion clinics leaves only one hurdle before the measure becomes law — Governor Jan Brewer. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:25 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

State Senate Approves Surprise Abortion Clinic Inspections

Sen. Nancy Barto
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State senators gave final approval this afternoon to allowing unannounced warrantless health inspections of abortion clinics. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:35 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Arizona Abortion Law Kept on Hold by Federal Court

The Center for Arizona Policy's Cathi Herrod has pushed Arizona's abortion-restriction laws.
Credit huffingtonpost.com

The state’s new law restricting medication abortions will remain unenforceable, at least until the middle of next month. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:21 am
Wed April 9, 2014

State Legislature Exempts Two Industries from Paying Utilities Sales Tax

Credit boliden.com

The state’s manufacturers and smelters are in line for a big tax break not being offered to other companies and individuals. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Budget Encourages Legislature to Revisit Child Welfare Funds

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit huffingtonpost.com

The budget plan adopted Monday night contains less money than Gov. Jan Brewer wanted for child welfare. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, this won’t be the last word on the subject.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Tue April 8, 2014

State Legislature Gives Final Approval of Budget

State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford
Credit phoenixnewtimes.com

State lawmakers gave final approval Monday night to a $9.23 billion budget — more than Senate Republicans originally wanted to spend, but less than sought by Gov. Jan Brewer and House members. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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