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State burned through stimulus money (access required)

The feds gave Arizona a $2.8 billion crutch to help the state limp through three difficult budget years. But after two years, nearly all of the stimulus money has been spent and the state remains crippled by the recession.

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Goddard unsure how he’ll vote on tax hike (access required)

After 10 months of debate on the issue, Attorney General Terry Goddard, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the governor's race, said he doesn't know whether he'll vote for the temporary one-cent sales tax increase that will go before voters on May 18.

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Passing the buck: Local governments’ worst budget fears  (access required)

Local government is usually the last place the Legislature looks to find extra money, but the state budget deficit has forced lawmakers to take desperate steps. This year and last, cities and counties have been forced to pay bills that historically have been the state's responsibility. During the past year, lawmakers have taken money that was intended to pay for local services, limited cities' ability to collect fees, and hoisted new burdens onto the shoulders of city officials who are trying to overcome the same economic conditions that ravaged two consecutive state budgets.

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The quiet candidate: No budget solutions from Goddard so far   (access required)

In a gubernatorial campaign season that has been almost exclusively defined by Arizona's crippling budget crisis, Attorney General Terry Goddard has been the silent candidate. Goddard has had the Democratic nomination locked up for nearly a year. But because he waited until Jan. 22 to become an official candidate, he has been able to avoid issues that don't directly affect his office. As attorney general, it wasn't his duty to provide budget solutions - and he hasn't been eager to offer any.

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