State Capitol News

State Capitol News
10:15 am
Fri September 11, 2009

State parks propose fee hikes

Fees at Slide Rock State Park in Sedona could double during the peak season if a State Parks Board proposal to balance its budget is approved.

Phoenix, AZ – Budget problems mean some state parks in rural areas could end up
being open fewer hours.

The Parks Board is facing a $1.5 million gap between its
operating budget and the money it has to spend. The result is
that up to 30 workers -- close to one out of every 10 -- are
going to have to be let go.

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1:21 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Democrats make last push for Governor to veto budget

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1:22 pm
Fri August 21, 2009

Governor delaying budget decision

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1:22 pm
Thu August 20, 2009

Lawmakers send Governor same bill

Pheonix, AZ –

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8:57 am
Thu August 20, 2009

Jobless rate take big jump

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8:54 am
Thu August 20, 2009

Agency puts state on credit watch

Phoenix, AZ – Standard and Poor's currently gives Arizona a double-A rating on its debt. That isn't changing. But the firm is changing the outlook from stable to negative, citing the state's weak revenues
and the failure of lawmakers and the governor to adopt a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. State Treasurer Dean Martin said there's a reason for that.

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8:51 am
Thu August 20, 2009

High school test scores under dispute

Phoenix, AZ – On a raw level, the average test score for an Arizona senior on the ACT college-entrace exam is 21.9 versus 21.1 nationwide. And a higher percentage of those Arizona seniors are ready for college-level work than the national average. State School Superintendent Tom Horne said that's good news.

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11:02 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Time running out for lawmakers

Phoenix, AZ – The state's books already are in the red. The only thing keeping Arizona afloat is that various accounts that belong to state agencies are lending money to the general fund. But Martin said the state is spending more than it's collecting. So that line of credit will be "maxed out'' in October. Banks are willing to help-- but only if there's a balance budget.

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8:48 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Legislators give final approval repealing state property tax

Phoenix, AZ – The vote by the House ratifies the action taken last week by the Senate in declaring that the tax, which hasn't been levied in three years, should go away permanently. Only Republicans supported the measure on the grounds that allowing the tax to return as it is set to this year would take $250 million out of the economy. But Democrat David Schapira saw the issue in a different light.

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3:23 pm
Sat August 15, 2009

Lawmakers ask for delay in tax bills

Phoenix, AZ – Top legislative leaders want county officials to delay sending
out the tax bills.

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