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
8:58 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Should Cable Companies Force Customers to Rent Box

Credit Me

A former state Supreme Court judge is suing his cable company on behalf of all of the customers forced to rent one of those set-top boxes to get premium service.

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Elections 2012
4:06 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Auto Dealers Association Funding Anti Penny Tax Initiative

Did you buy a car or truck last year? If so you may have helped fund the campaign to kill Proposition 204.

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State Capitol News
9:15 am
Tue October 23, 2012

State Supreme Court Justice Challenged

Supreme Court Justice John Pelander, appointed to the high court three years ago by Gov. Jan Brewer, is the target of a movement to oust him from the bench.
Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services

A state supreme court justice is fighting for his political career today amid an unprecedented effort to oust him.

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State Capitol News
9:13 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Federal Judge Rules State Can't Cut Planned Parenthood Funds

A federal judge on Friday blocked lawmakers from cutting off family planning funds for Planned Parenthood solely because the organization also performs abortions.

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State Capitol News
9:09 am
Mon October 22, 2012

State Prosecutors Take Med Pot Law to Court

Prosecutors urged a judge on Friday to declare medical marijuana dispensaries and growing facilities preempted by federal law.

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State Capitol News
4:43 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

State Minimum Wage to Rise

Folks at the bottom of the pay scale are soon going to get a bit of relief. 

The reason is a 2006 voter-approved law which established a state minimum wage separate from the federal figure. More to the point, that law requires the Industrial Commission to adjust the figure every year. Karen Axsom, director of the commission's labor department, explains.

"It's based on the consumer price index from August to August of each year. And there was a 1.7 percent increase. We round up to 15 cents," Axsom said.

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State Capitol News
4:23 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Law Denying Bail to Undocumented Immigrants Goes to Fed Court

A federal appeals court will hear arguments Friday on whether state voters stepped over the line by denying bail to illegal immigrants charged with certain crimes.

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State Capitol News
4:19 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Arizona's Jobless Rate Drops

Overall the state added 30,000 jobs between August and September. Aruna Murthy of the Department of Administration said most of those were in public education, reflecting clerical workers and others going back to work after the summer break. But the private sector did add 5,200 jobs.

"Education and health services added 3,600 jobs. Leisure and hospitality gained 1,700 jobs. Professional and business services gained 1,400 jobs," Murthy said.

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State Capitol News
10:07 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Mining Company Takes Local Law to Court

The operators of a proposed copper mine in Florence want a federal judge to void a new town law that would effectively thwart the project. 

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State Capitol News
3:33 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Food Prices Drop in Arizona

Tijmen Stam

Got a freezer? It might be a good time to stock up on meat.

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