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Issues that shaped 2009 (access required)

Beset by fiscal crisis, legislative gridlock and political infighting, 2009 wasn't the best of years for Arizona. The year opened with the state facing a massive budget crisis, and it ended with state leaders still searching for a solution. Jan Brewer was sworn in as governor to great Republican fanfare, only to have much of the party turn against her as she touted a tax hike as the only way to balance the budget. As Arizonans warily await the new year, here's a look back at the top 10 issues that shaped 2009.

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