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
4:59 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Budget Encourages Legislature to Revisit Child Welfare Funds

Gov. Jan Brewer
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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
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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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State Capitol News
4:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

State Lawmakers on the Verge of Budget Completion

Senate President Andy Biggs
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State lawmakers are putting the finishing touches this afternoon on a new budget. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:29 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Horne Battles Court’s Abortion-Restriction Stay

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit Michael Schennum, Arizona Republic

Attorney General Tom Horne asked federal appellate judges today to immediately dissolve the emergency stay that is now keeping the state from enforcing its new abortion restrictions. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Arizona Food Prices Increase in First Quarter of the Year

Credit kansasbeefchat.com

Arizonans may soon have to start paying more for red meat. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Resolution to State Budget Battle May Be in Sight

State Senate President Andy Biggs
Credit azcapitoltimes.com

A deal to finally resolve the fight over the budget may be hung up on who is supposed to make the next move. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Thu April 3, 2014

State Forestry Division Vague About Post-Yarnell Hill Firefighting Changes

The scene from Yarnell on June 30, 2013 as the fire burns houses in the town. Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting the blaze.
Credit AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski

The state is entering the wildfire season with the Forestry Division still facing charges of violating worker safety rules last year resulting in the deaths at Yarnell Hill. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Court Puts Arizona Abortion Restrictions on Hold, for Now

Attorney General Tom Horne
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A federal appeals Wednesday court put Arizona’s new abortion law on hold, at least for the time being. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State Forest Official Predicts Dangerous Fire Season

Members of the Blue Ridge Hotshots and other firefighters watch as the Yarnell Hill Fire advances, June 30, 2013.
Credit Tom Story/The Arizona Republic/AP

The state’s top forester said today that heavy monsoon rains last year coupled with light snowpack this winter will combine to make for a more dangerous fire season this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Examines Arizona’s Abortion Restrictions

The so-called abortion pill, RU-486
Credit womenonwaves.org

Unable to stop new abortion restrictions from taking effect, this week opponents of the laws asked a federal appeals court to now block those rules from being enforced. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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