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Farmers, ranchers fear budget cuts to Agriculture Dept. (access required)

As Arizona continues to grapple with declining government revenue, the state's farming and ranching communities are warning that the Arizona Department of Agriculture has stretched its dollars to the limit. And the situation could grow worse, as Gov. Jan Brewer in September ordered state agencies to draft plans that predict the immediate effects on departments if their budgets are cut another 15 percent.

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Arizona raided water funds that held money deposited by Nevada (access required)

The Legislature is getting sued, again, over fund sweeps initiated earlier this year to close the state budget gap. A commission charged with delivering water from the Colorado River to several Arizona counties and Native American tribes has filed a lawsuit with the Arizona Supreme Court to challenge the Legislature's decision to sweep millions of dollars held by the Arizona Water Banking Authority.

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After two judges backed out, Daughton got abortion case (access required)

Critics of an injunction to stop a series of abortion restrictions from taking effect are questioning how and why the case was assigned to three Maricopa County Superior Court judges. The first two judges removed themselves from hearing the case – one was vacationing out of the country and the other gave no reason. The third judge, who came out of retirement to take the case, issued an injunction on Sept. 29 that put the laws on hold.

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Attorney to ask AG to challenge Land Department funding (access required)

Attorney Tim Hogan will be delivering a message to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard that boils down to this: If you don’t, then I will. Hogan, who leads the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, will be asking Goddard to file a lawsuit to stop the Arizona State Land Department from independently paying for the management of more than 9 million acres of state trust lands.

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Maricopa County rejects most tax appeals (access required)

Within minutes of hearing discussions of residential private golf course memberships, hilltop views and the actual market value of luxury homes in north Scottsdale, a hearing officer with the Arizona State Board of Equalization reached a conclusion - the value of Dennis Grose's home had been overestimated by the office of Maricopa County Assessor Keith Russell by almost $250,000 dollars.

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