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Brewer drops AHCCCS bombshell in state of the state (access required)

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In a surprising announcement that may mark the beginning of her fiercest battle with the Legislature in years, Gov. Jan Brewer opened the 2013 legislative with a bang when she announced she will seek a full expansion of Arizona’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

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A taste of what’s to come

Brewer didn’t offer a lot of specifics, but she was clear-eyed about two policy items she will pursue this session: money for K-12 education and simplifying the state’s sales tax system. Brewer was the main speaker at today’s annual legislative forecast luncheon organized by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

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Fiscal crisis past, Legislature still to be frugal in 2013

With a fiscal crisis that forced billions of dollars in state government cuts mainly over, the Arizona Legislature enters its 2013 session Monday with a budget surplus but little appetite among majority Republicans to loosen the purse strings. The state has socked away about $450 million in a rainy day fund and has more than $1 billion in total surplus going into the budget year that begins July 1.

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