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Going all-in: Brewer’s big gamble (access required)

During her first 13 months on the Ninth Floor, Gov. Jan Brewer said repeatedly that it would be devastating to balance the budget by shortchanging the public school system, and she has opposed - and even vetoed - legislation that would have led to massive reductions in education funding.

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UpClose with Phil Gordon (access required)

Not long after announcing that he would seek a new food tax to help the city cope with its budget crisis, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon stood on the balcony near his downtown office and gazed at the cranes at a construction site across the street.

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Payday lenders ready for showdown in Senate Approps (access required)

The payday loan industry is getting another chance to keep its doors open in Arizona. The Senate Appropriations Committee today will hear a proposed striker amendment on H2370 that would essentially revive a bill that Rep. Andy Tobin withdrew in January due to a lack of support. The bill would implement new regulations on payday lenders and allow the businesses to continue operating past a July 1 sunset date.

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Power line cost pits lawmakers vs. ACC   (access required)

The Arizona Corporation Commission decided three years ago that homebuilders should pay the cost of extending power lines to new houses, but some lawmakers now want to go back to the way things used to be and force utility companies to foot the bill.

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