Flagstaff, AZ – This past weekend the state legislature hammered out a budget balancing bill that plugged a 1.6 billion dollar funding gap. To do so the Republican majority cut more than one hundred million dollars from both universities and K through 12 education. Now the legislature has begun work on next year's budget, which already has an estimated 3 billion dollar shortfall.
Flagstaff, AZ – These are tough times for Democrats at the Arizona state legislature. Republicans have strong majorities in the House and Senate, and now Jan Brewer in the Governor's office. Democratic representative Tom Chabin of Flagstaff spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker about the challenges of having his voice heard at the capitol.
Flagstaff, AZ – During these hard times more and more people are visiting their local library. In northern Arizona the number of books and DVDs checked out is way up. And many unemployed are job hunting, working on resumes and filling out applications on library computers. But libraries aren't immune to budget problems. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales examines how northern Arizona libraries are handling the stress.
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Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers are poised to cut $1.1 billion from the state budget today. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
The plan adopted late Thursday by House and Senate Appropriations committees reduces state aid to public schools by about $130 million, take $142 million from universities and $9 million from community colleges.
Flagstaff, AZ – After a few weeks' hiatus, winter returned to northern Arizona this week. The snowfall wasn't huge, but it was enough to cause icy road conditions and some school delays. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl spoke with Flagstaff meteorologist, Lee Born, about this week's blast of winter weather.
Tuba City, AZ – When President Barack Obama was elected, a group of middle school students on the Navajo Nation wrote him letters telling him about life on the reservation. Many write honestly about the poverty they live in, but also dispense advice, and offer lots of invitations to their homes.
The project was the idea of Margaret Erhart, who teaches creative writing at Eagle's Nest Intermediate School in Tuba City, on the western edge of the Navajo reservation.