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
4:30 am
Thu May 29, 2014

State Senate Gives Nod to New Department of Child Safety

Department of Child Safety head Charles Flanagan.
Credit Charlie Leight/The Republic

State senators voted Wednesday to create and fund a new Department of Child Safety. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports there was some debate about the details.

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State Capitol News
4:07 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Lawmakers Continue to Debate CPS Overhaul

State Sen. Chester Crandell
Credit Cheryl Evans/The Republic

State lawmakers spent the day today picking apart the plan to create and fund a new Department of Child Safety. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Court Upholds State Ban on Spa Fish

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Yes, it’s true. Certain kind of fish can do a pedicure — just not in this state, at least not legally. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:13 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Legislature Debates CPS Funding in Special Session

Rep. Kate Brophy McGee (left) with Gov. Jan Brewer.
Credit eastvalleytribune.com

Lawmakers began a special session this afternoon focused on child welfare. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, those who want to do more now to prevent abuse and neglect in the first place are going to have to wait.

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State Capitol News
6:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

State Lawmakers To Consider Child Welfare Overhaul

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Ross D. Franklin/AP

State lawmakers return to the Capitol today to consider the plan by Gov. Jan Brewer for a new child welfare agency. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
9:08 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Green Party Fighting for Inclusion on Arizona Ballot

A federal judge has rebuffed a last-minute bid by the Green Party to get itself and its candidates on this year’s ballot. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
9:12 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Lawsuit Could Change How Candidates Collect Voter Signatures

Credit moveon.org

A new federal court lawsuit could alter how some candidates get the signatures they need - and do it in a way that could leave voters in all but the state's largest county out of the process. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
9:14 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Governor Brewer Vetoes Auto Insurance Cancellation Bill

Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill sought by auto insurers that would have allowed them to cancel some policies. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
12:14 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

State To Allocate More Money For Kids To Attend Private And Parochial Schools

The state treasury plans to allocate extra money to help families send their children to private and parochial schools. As Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, the "voucher" funding is greater than what the state uses to keep kids in traditional public schools.

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State Capitol News
4:39 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Job Growth Likely to Remain Stagnant for the Rest of 2014

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A top state economist predicted today that job growth here will be stagnant for the rest of the year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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