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Validity of AZ budget shortfall figure questioned (access required)

The latest calculations by the Legislature's own budget staff point to a significantly larger revenue shortfall than the $1.9 billion figure being used by legislative leaders in their closed-door negotiations. That has some rank-and-file lawmakers grumbling that their leaders are lowballing a problem that already will force choices between politically troubling spending cuts and borrowing. ...

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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.