State Capitol News

Phoenix, AZ – The top Republican legislators met this morning with Governor Janet Napolitano in efforts to finally enact a new state budget. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


There are now less than five weeks until the new budget year
begins with no agreement between the Republican-controlled
Legislature and the Democrat governor. Senate President Tim Bee
said after the meeting he recognizes the time constraints.

Phoenix, AZ – If you think your house is worth less now than it was last year, you're right. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano is balking at putting state National Guard units along the international border to replace troops from across the nation who are being withdrawn. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

Phoenix, AZ – The state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a law which gives tax dollars to parents to send their children to private and parochial schools is illegal. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

Phoenix, AZ – Thursday's California Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage is having political fallout here. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday she is creating a special task force to find wanted felons. But as Arizona Public
Radio's Howard Fischer reports, that isn't the whole story.

Phoenix, AZ – The House voted this afternoon to ask state residents whether they want to constitutionally ban gays from marrying. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


State law already limits marriage to one man and one woman. That
statute has been upheld by the state Court of Appeals, a ruling
the Supreme Court refused to disturb. But Rep. Steve Yarbrough
said there's a good reason to put the language in the
constitution.

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano is defending plans to hike the state sales tax rate to among the highest in the nation to fund transit improvements. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

Phoenix, AZ – State senators agreed this morning to let Williams continue pumping water from an illegally drilled well. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, they want to be sure this kind of thing does not happen again.

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers are debating whether to allow companies to import foreign workers to fill some jobs. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that one state senator has a different idea.


Jack Harper said he hears the complaints of businesses that they
can not fill certain jobs.

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