State Capitol News

State Capitol News
3:42 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Republicans poised to put tax question on ballot

Flagstaff, AZ – Some Senate Republicans appear ready to give Governor Jan Brewer
what she wants: Ask voters if they want to hike the state sales
tax. But there's more to it than that.

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3:47 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Bashas files for bankruptcy

Phoenix, AZ – A major statewide grocery chain is seeking protection from
creditors today in bankruptcy court.

In filings early this morning, Bashas' listed about $200 million
in assets -- and about $245 million in debt. Company president
Mike Proulx said the state's soft economy is taking its toll.

(Arizona goes from back in the day from a couple of years, three,
four years ago, from one of the fastest growing states in the
nation to stagnant growth.)

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3:52 pm
Sat July 11, 2009

Lawmakers ban religious discrimination in schools

Phoenix, AZ – State law will soon spell out that schools cannot discriminate
against students based on their religious views.

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3:54 pm
Thu July 9, 2009

Budget battle causes Republican fallout

Phoenix, AZ – The fight within the Republican party over how to craft a new
state budget has had some political fallout.

Senate President Bob Burns said he has been trying craft a budget
plan acceptable to his caucus as well as Gov. Jan Brewer. But
Burns said some members of his leadership team have not been
pushing in the same direction. So on Wednesday he ousted Sen.
Thayer Verschoor from his position as president pro-tem.

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3:56 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Governor signs budget fixes

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer signed the bills this afternoon to fix
education and health care funding issues. But there's still a long way to go to
balancing the budget.

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3:35 pm
Tue July 7, 2009

Lawmakers approve education spending

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers approved increased spending on education on
Monday. But that's only part of adopting a balanced budget.

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3:33 pm
Mon July 6, 2009

Lawmakers return for budget special session

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers are back in special session this afternoon to
deal with last week's vetoes by Governor Jan Brewer of key parts
of the budget.

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5:12 pm
Fri July 3, 2009

Govenor calls for special budget session

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer said this afternoon she's hoping a special
session finally produces a balanced budget she can sign. But the
same sticking point remains.

That sticking point remains her insistence that voters be given a
chance to hike the state sales tax by a penny. When she didn't
get that earlier this week, she vetoed key parts of the budget --
and ordered lawmakers back to the Capitol.

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3:23 pm
Fri July 3, 2009

Republicans lash out at Governor's veto

Phoenix, AZ – The top two Republican legislators are lashing out at Governor
Jan Brewer for her veto of key elements of the state budget.

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5:10 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

Legislature approves budget without sales tax

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers gave final approval early this morning to a new
budget. But it isn't the one the governor wants.

The spending plan is similar to one the Republican-controlled
Legislature enacted early last month, one that Gov. Jan Brewer
said cut spending too much. This one restores some funding for
health and social service programs like Kids Care which provides
subsidized health coverage for the children of working poor.

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