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
4:23 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Fmr Mexican President Vicente Fox Urges Closer Ties with US

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox makes his case Thursday for greater economic cooperation -- and use of Mexican migrant labor -- to bolster the economies of both his country and the United States.
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Vicente Fox warned today that unless this country works closer with Mexico -- and recognizes the benefits of immigrant labor -- it will end up playing second fiddle to China.

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State Capitol News
10:23 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New Water Ruling Settles One Question and Raises Others

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There's an old saying in Arizona: Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. And Arizonans have been doing that in the courts now for decades, trying to figure out who is entitled to the water that runs through the rivers and streams.

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State Capitol News
3:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

State Can't Claim Water Rights

The state Supreme Court today rebuffed efforts by the state to lay claim to water rights tied to its 9 million acres of trust land. 

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State Capitol News
5:10 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

State Dems Charge GOP Violate Laws

The state Democratic Party is charging the three Republican candidates for Corporation Commission with violating campaign finance laws.

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State Capitol News
4:32 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Tribe Sees Progress on Plans for Casino in Glendale

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A Native American tribe won a key legal fight today in its bid to locate a casino near Glendale. 

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State Capitol News
11:39 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Voters Get to Vote on Lowering Property Taxes....for Business

Voters will decide in November whether to reduce property taxes -- but not for themselves.

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State Capitol News
4:30 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Open Primary Question Goes to Voters

The state's high court decided today that voters will get a chance in November to decide if they want to jettison the current system of nominating candidates for office.

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State Capitol News
4:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

State Can Enforce Status Check Part of SB 1070

Gov. Jan Brewer reacts Wednesday to the refusal of U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton to issue a new injunction against a key provision of SB 1070.
Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services

A federal judge gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the state to enforce a key provision of SB 1070. But that is not the last word on whether it is legal.

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State Capitol News
5:28 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Judge Rules SB 1070 Can Move Forward

A federal judge cleared the way today for the state to start enforcing the most sweeping provision of its 2010 immigration law.

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State Capitol News
9:08 am
Wed September 5, 2012

10% of Education Sales Tax to Go For Roads

The organizer of a proposed permanent one-cent hike in state sales taxes on Tuesday defended earmarking 10 percent of the proceeds for road construction.

Ann-Eve Pedersen said Arizona has cut state aid to education in the last five years more than any other state. She said Proposition 204 would provide needed tax dollars the Legislature cannot take. If approved, the measure would initially raise $1 billion a year. But 10 percent automatically goes for roads. Pedersen said that is justified.

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