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Bare-bones Revenue Department would eliminate audits (access required)

An unintended consequence of a veto last month means the state agency tasked with collecting taxes is on the verge of laying off more than half of its staff, barring a budget fix to allow access to all of the money lawmakers gave it earlier this year. Anthony Forschino, the agency's assistant director, said the layoffs would still allow the Department of Revenue to function, but in a bare-bones manner.

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Employer sanctions coming up short (access required)

Arizona's employer sanctions law has been in effect for 21 months, yet no businesses have been shut down over hiring practices. In fact, there hasn't yet been a single business forced to defend itself in court. But now, one lawmaker wants to change all that by giving county attorneys more enforcement powers.

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House panel to begin school tuition tax credit program review Oct. 14 (access required)

A special House panel will hold the first of three meetings next week to examine whether the state's private school tuition tax credit program works properly. Rep. Rick Murphy, a Peoria Republican appointed to chair the Private School Tuition Tax Credit Review Committee, said the goal will be to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, not debate the merits of school choice. He said the committee will be "more utilitarian than ideological."

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Day 2: Quelland tries judge’s patience (access required)

A day after being repeatedly told by a judge to avoid long-winded answers and focus his responses to address only the question asked, Rep. Doug Quelland frustrated the court by feigning ignorance when asked basic questions. Of course, that was only when he was being cross-examined by the attorney for the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

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UpClose with Rep. Sam Crump (access required)

As the leader of a mini-insurrection in the House of Representatives in a tussle early this year over funding for a high-tech economic development program, Sam Crump gained notoriety beyond the boundaries of his north-Phoenix legislative district.

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