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
9:10 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Sales Tax Revamp

Governor Jan Brewer proposed a major revamp today of how sales taxes are collected. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports there is pushback from cities that fear losing money.

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State Capitol News
9:07 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Legislation Approved To Block Unwanted Text Messages

State lawmakers are moving to remove at least one small annoyance from the lives of their constituents. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:59 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Changes for Recall Elections

Republican legislators voted this week to change the rules on recall elections in a bid to prevent, again, what happened to one of their own. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

New Bill May Lead To Arrest For Some of Arizona's Mentally Ill Population

State lawmakers want to make it easier for police to lock up someone who may be dangerously mentally ill. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports at least one legislator has some reservations.

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State Capitol News
8:21 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Skepticism Over Bipartisan Immigration Reform Proposal

Elected officials in the state are skeptical at best of a bipartisan proposal by U.S. senators for comprehensive immigration reform. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:08 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Problems For "Dropout Age" Proposal

A proposal to force high school students to stay in school until they're 18 or until they graduate is running into problems. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
12:56 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

State Legislature Continues To Debate Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana patients and dispensary owners blasted a state legislative proposal this week to force yet another reconsideration of whether voters really want to keep the drug legal for patients. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:58 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Study Shows AZ Women More Likely To Make Comparable Wages To Men

A new report shows that women in Arizona are much more likely to be paid on par with men than elsewhere. But, Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports there's more to the study than that.

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State Capitol News
8:49 am
Thu January 24, 2013

State Universities Want Lawmakers to Salvage Funding

The presidents of the state's three universities came to the Capitol Tuesday hoping to salvage at least some of the funds they told the governor and lawmakers they need. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer spoke with them after their meetings.

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State Capitol News
8:39 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Privacy Issues Arise For Lottery Winners

The next big winner of the state lottery could be - drum roll please - none of your business. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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