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
1:47 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Senate Votes to Protect Religious Beliefs

The Senate voted Tuesday to provide new religious freedom protections for those licensed by the state.  

The proposal says the state cannot revoke licenses of those who refuse to act based on a -- quote -- sincerely held religious belief. Senator Steve Yarbrough said anyone who doubts that freedom of religion is under attack need only look at the headlines.

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State Capitol News
8:16 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Pearce Offers to Defend AZ Immigration Laws

It looks as though members of a U-S Senate committee WILL get to hear from someone from Arizona about SB 1070. But it won't be the person they wanted.

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State Capitol News
9:24 am
Tue February 28, 2012

State Senators Undercut Sales Tax Initiative

 State senators voted Monday for legislation Monday that could effectively undermine any effort by voters to hike their own sales taxes for education. 

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State Capitol News
12:41 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Romney May Already Be Leading the AZ Results

The presidential primary is not until Tuesday. But a new survey suggests the results may already be in.

A survey of 515 likely Republican voters on Sunday by Public Policy Polling found Mitt Romney with a 43-26 percent lead over Rick Santorum, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul even farther behind. Potentially more significant, almost half of those questioned had already cast early ballots, with Romney having a nearly 2-1 advantage over Santorum among that group. And Romney leads even among those who are waiting until the last minute.

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State Capitol News
8:48 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Brewer Endorses Romney

Governor Jan Brewer made the announcement Sunday on Meet the Press. The governor said she has been watching all the campaigns but was waiting until seeing the candidates personally at last week's debate in Mesa.

Brewer said Romney handles himself very well.  "But more than that," she said, "he has that pro-business background. And he has that political history that I think he would serve America the best of all the candidates. And so, it was a difficult decision. But I think R..., er, Mitt is by far the person that can go in and win."

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State Capitol News
9:53 am
Fri February 24, 2012

AZ House Wants More Reporting on Lobbying

The state House voted Thursday to require more reporting by local governments of what they spend lobbying lawmakers.  But House Lawmakers refused to force disclosure of who pays for trips they get from certain special interest groups.

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State Capitol News
9:49 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Gov Brewer Not Interested in Speaking to Senate Committee

A US Senator invited Governor Jan Brewer on Thursday to testify at his committee about the state's immigration law. 

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State Capitol News
10:39 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Governor Won't Negotiate on Budget, Unless.....

Governor Jan Brewer is going to give state lawmakers the silent treatment until she gets her way on the budget -- or at least some of what she wants. 

Brewer's staffers and those of the Republican legislative leadership had met off and on since the governor unveiled her spending plan in January. But on Monday, before there was any meeting of the minds, the GOP leaders not only trotted out their own proposal but shoved it through committees the following day. Gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said that's not acceptable.

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State Capitol News
12:00 am
Wed February 22, 2012

AZ House Lawmakers Want Students to "Have Skin in the Game"

A House panel voted this afternoon to require students at state universities to pay -- or at least borrow -- $2,000 a year toward the cost of their education. 

Rep. John Kavanagh said students should have some skin in the game, saying they will take their schooling more seriously if they have made an investment. Kavanagh acknowledged that books might add another $1,500 a year.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

AZ GOP Lawmakers Ditch Governor's Budget

Republican lawmakers are unveiling their spending plan this morning. 

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