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GAO stimulus report shows no major issues for Arizona

Questions over whether Arizona was jeopardizing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money were alleviated when the Legislature approved several new budget measures, and a federal report issued days later showed the state has had no major problems complying with the stimulus act.

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Brewer, Cardon proclaim a new day at Commerce Department (access required)

For much of its existence, the Arizona Department of Commerce has served as a political punching bag for those who believe the agency's work is inefficient, its mission vague and its credibility questionable. Don Cardon doesn't deny that some of those things have been true in the past, but a transformation is underway.

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Brewer signs first batch of non-budget bills (access required)

Members of the military were largely the beneficiaries of the first batch of non-budget bills signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer. Brewer on July 9 signed 19 of the nearly 200 bills that were transmitted to her when the Legislature adjourned sine die on July 1.

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Delay in tax referral may cause election complications (access required)

If lawmakers are going to put Gov. Jan Brewer's temporary tax hike proposal on the November ballot, they may want to do it soon. Maricopa County must order the paper for its ballots by July 16 in order to comply with the 26-day early-voting period mandated by Arizona law, according to Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne. The orders can be placed past the deadline, she said, but each additional day likely will mean one fewer day of early voting.

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Former Senate president Greene to chair equalization board

Gov. Jan Brewer named former Senate President John Greene as chairman of the State Board of Equalization. Greene served in the Senate with Brewer while she was majority whip, and later served as director of the Arizona Department of Insurance under former Gov. Fife Symington. He replaces retiring Chairman Harold Scott.

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