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
3:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Officials Grapple With State and Federal Divide Over Medical Marijuana

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This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court said marijuana must be returned to those who have a medical card to possess it. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

State Budget Still Causing Rifts in House

Rep. John Kavanagh (left) discusses the state budget with fellow representatives.
Credit Nick Oza, The Republic

A promise in writing by the state House to consider more funding for child-welfare could complicate efforts today to approve a new budget. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
2:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

State Senate Examines House Budget Changes

State Senate President Andy Biggs
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State senators are starting to examine changes that the House made Thursday night in the budget plan they had approved last week. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Fri March 28, 2014

State House Approves Budget After Spending Compromises

Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, (left) and Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, read proposed budget amendments Thursday.
Credit Photo by Evan Wyloge, Arizona Capitol Times

The state House approved a spending plan late Thursday after the Republican majority agreed to add funding sought by holdouts. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:13 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Progress Made with Budget Negotiations in State House

Rep. John Kavanagh
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House Republicans may have finally lined up the votes this afternoon for a new state budget. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
12:56 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

State Unemployment Drops Amid Mixed Economic Outlook

Arizona's leisure and hospitality sector added 9,000 jobs in February, a particular bright spot in Arizona's economy.
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The state’s jobless rate dropped by two-tenths of a point last month. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports the economic outlook is far more mixed.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Thu March 27, 2014

State Budget Still in Limbo After Talks Break Down

Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, details Wednesday why she thinks the budget plan being pushed by House Republican leadership provides insufficient funds to deal with child-welfare needs.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

A proposed $9.2 billion state budget is in limbo this morning as six dissident House Republicans said talks with party leaders have broken down. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
1:54 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Budget Talks Continue in the State House

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin
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Talks continue this afternoon in a bid to finally come up with a new state budget. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed March 26, 2014

State House Makes Another Attempt at Securing a Budget Deal

Rep. Kate Brophy McGee is holding out support for the state budget.
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House Republicans will try again today to hammer out a deal on a new state budget. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has been following the story.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

State Senate Panel Votes for $30 Million Virtual Border Fence

The Arizona border fence
Credit Michael Chow, AP

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to take the first steps to having taxpayers spend $30 million to build a virtual border fence. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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