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
4:19 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Arizona Jobless Rate Drops But Growth Still Anemic

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The state’s jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent last month. But, Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that's only part of the picture.

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State Capitol News
8:32 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Former California Congressman Announces Bid for Arizona Governor

Former California Republican Congressman Frank Riggs filed paperwork Wednesday to launch his bid to become the Republican nominee for governor.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The field of Republicans who want to be governor became more crowded Wednesday, with the latest entry being a former California congressman. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:25 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Measure Aims to Shore Up Urban Chicken Keeping

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State lawmakers are moving to help homeowners who want really fresh eggs and chicken. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
11:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Arizona Public Schools Want $330 Million in State Aid Restored

The Arizona State Capitol.
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Public schools want a judge to force the state to restore at least $330 million state aid — what it should have been had the governor and lawmakers not ignored the law in the first place. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:32 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Planned Parenthood Seeks to Halt State Denial of Medicaid Funds

Planned Parenthood is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a last-ditch effort by the state to cut off its Medicaid funds. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:10 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Attorney Argues Anonymous Hit Pieces OK During Campaigns

Attorney General Tom Horne
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A lawyer for Democratic attorneys general argued in court today there’s a constitutional right for anonymous hit pieces on candidates, even right before an election. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
9:28 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Lawmaker Proposes Tax Credit for Hiring Unemployed Veterans

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A state lawmaker who spent 20 years in the Marines wants to give a tax credit to firms that hire unemployed veterans. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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State Capitol News
8:56 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Kavanagh: Are Too Many Arizonans Going to College?

Rep. John Kavanagh
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The head of the House Appropriations Committee said if the state’s three universities are complaining they don’t have enough money, there’s probably a good reason for that. And, he said it's not because the state is shorting them. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:16 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Gov. Brewer Releases a Slimmed-Down Budget

Gov. Jan Brewer
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Gov. Jan Brewer unveiled her spending plan this afternoon that has more money for what will replace Child Protective Services, but scant new funds for education. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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State Capitol News
2:51 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Lawmaker Putting Up a Fight to the State’s Medicaid Expansion

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A state lawmaker is proposing legislation he concedes has no chance of approval, but he believes is necessary to keep up the fight. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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