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Arizona needs KidsCare – not just half of it

KidsCare offers affordable health insurance for children in working families. It has been an Arizona success story for more than 10 years, helping thousands of children grow up healthy and strong. But a year ago, Gov. Jan Brewer and our legislative leaders began cutting KidsCare.

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The time is now for job recovery

Arizona is in desperate need of a job-creation package that will accelerate economic recovery. Our budget challenges will remain until 2014, 2015 and possibly 2016. Arizonans cannot afford to wait five years for a jobs-package.

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Arizona State Parks should negotiate with Lake Havasu City

Late last June, the lack of a state budget produced the very real possibility that on July 1, the Windsor Beach unit of Lake Havasu State Park would not open. This situation worried citizens and business owners in Lake Havasu City, because July 4 is one of the busiest times of the summer boating season and Windsor Beach provides primary boating access to Lake Havasu and the Colorado River.

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Special interests seek end run to gut Clean Elections

It’s been a dozen years since Arizona voters passed the landmark Citizens Clean Elections Act, allowing candidates to seek office without depending on corporate brass, labor unions and deep-pocketed special interests. Clean Elections has given community leaders, teachers and small business folk the chance to run for office and govern answerable not to Big Money, but to Arizona’s voters.

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Don’t rush a bad immigration bill

Every now and then a crisis emerges in which our response clearly displays what kind of people we are. Whether it is natural disaster or a man-made political crisis, our reaction sends an important message to others about our values, our sense of responsibility and how we solve problems.

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When the slop is in the trough

When the slop is the trough all the pigs will be there. And many were there recently at Tom's Restaurant & Tavern for a panel discussion on renewable energy standards, specifically the 15 percent mandate passed by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Actually, the discussion was more about government subsidies than renewable energy standards; especially with respect to the notion that "everyone knows" these subsidies are needed to promote Arizona's nascent solar industry.

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Lottery money needed for local transit

As of March 18, the state's primary source of transit operating money and federal matching dollars for expensive and specialized capital equipment was permanently repealed as part of the state's budget solution. Oddly, not a penny of that money came from tax dollars or the state general fund, yet it was redirected so that the state could capture the already-designated revenue.

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