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GITA director uses hands-on approach to streamline state’s infrastructure

Chad Kirkpatrick's office, located on the top floor of the Arizona Department of Administration's building, has a near-perfect view of the Copper Dome. He also has a clear view of his goal: to make government more cost- effective, efficient and more responsive to its citizens by using technology to streamline basic operations.

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Lawsuit settlement tosses rule on removing wolves for livestock kills

Mexican gray wolves no longer will be subject to the "three strikes and you're out" rule, thanks to a settlement reached between environmental groups and the federal government. The informal rule went by the bureaucratic sounding name of standard operating procedure 13 (SOP 13), which allowed wolves to be removed from the wild for attacking and killing livestock three times within a year.

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Martin says Goddard is throwing ‘legal temper tantrum’ (access required)

The Attorney General's Office may not be providing many legal services to the Treasurer's Office anymore, and state Treasurer Dean Martin had some sharp words for Attorney General Terry Goddard over the dispute. "He said he's not our attorney anymore," Martin said. "It's like a legal temper tantrum."

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Budget bill fails in Senate; Verschoor AWOL (access required)

The Senate has hit a major snag and has failed to pass the main budget measure that is part of a package that partially fixes a $2-billion deficit, and it has adjourned until Nov. 23. The bill went down by a vote of 14-13. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray voted "no" so he could bring the vote up for reconsideration later. All the Democrats voted "no" on the bill. So did Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu Republican.

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State borrows $700M; first external loan since Great Depression (access required)

The State Loan Commission has approved a $700 million line of credit from Bank of America, marking the first external borrowing the state has done since the Great Depression. State Treasurer Dean Martin said his office will finalize the agreement with Bank of America next week and will begin issuing treasurer's warrants by the end of November.

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House panel approves budget-fix bills (access required)

A House panel followed the Senate's lead, quickly approving a series of budget bills aimed at chipping away at the state's massive deficit. The bills include $300 million in cuts to social programs and state aid for education.

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