Phoenix, AZ – The percentage of state residents in poverty rose last year. But not everywhere.
New figures today from the Census Bureau show 14.2 percent of Arizonans were living below the federal poverty level in 2007. By 2008 that figure had risen to 14.7 percent. That half point jump compares with an increase of just two tenths of a percent nationally.
Phoe – A new statewide poll suggests that Governor Jan Brewer would be vulnerable in a Republican primary.
The survey done by the Behavior Research Center shows 30 percent of Republicans think the governor is doing a good or excellent job while 27 percent rate her performance as poor or very poor. Pollster Earl de Berge said part of the problem within her own party may be her support of a temporary sales tax hike.