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Goddard: Use borrowing to close state budget gap

Arizona's race for governor sharpened today as Democratic nominee Terry Goddard said he'd use additional borrowing to close most of the state's midyear budget shortfall without resorting to education funding cuts that he charged Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is poised to make after the election.

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Use of Arizona land money for agency ruled illegal

In a decision that could put a $10 million hole in the current state budget, a judge has ruled it's unconstitutional for Arizona to use money from proceeds of trust land sales to help pay for running the Land Department instead of having it flow into schools and public institutions.

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JLBC: Arizona budget shortfall growing

Forecast information released Sept. 29 by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee staff has the state's current $8.5 billion budget facing a potential shortfall of up to $825 million. That's up from the previous forecast for a midyear shortfall of up to $700 million.

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Arizona voters face choices on spending priorities

Proposition 302 on Arizona's general election ballot is about priorities. Passage of the referendum means tobacco tax dollars now allocated to an array of early childhood services under a 2006 voter-approved initiative would instead go into the general fund for the Legislature to appropriate.

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Brewer, Goddard now both on the air

The two major parties' all-but-certain nominees for Arizona governor are now both on the air with their first television commercials. Each ad is positive in tone and lacking the hard-edged sparring likely to emerge before long.

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