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How to beat the squeeze of mandated spending (access required)

During the last four years, some otherwise conservative Arizona legislators have voted for huge spending increases. Arizona’s general fund budgets have increased by an average of 11 percent per year since 2003. That’s more than double the average increase in Arizona’s population plus inflation, and significantly higher than increases in personal income. If you ask would-be ...

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The Blizzard of 1916 (access required)

This is Main Street in Bisbee on January 21, 1916, the day after the biggest snowfall in city history. The storm began on January 19 with heavy winds that tore off roofs in the Warren District. The wind abated, the sky cleared briefly—then it began to rain. The streets soon ran like rivers. The sky cleared again in the afternoon, but by 5 p.m. snow began to fall, increasing throughout the night until by morning all of southern Arizona from Benson to the Mexican border was blanketed.