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AHCCCS drains cash, stirs debate

Arizona's Medicaid program has become both a budget headache and a political football, with its costly burgeoning enrollment and the possibility that national health care legislation will add even more red ink on the deficit-plagued state's bottom line.

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Arizona said to be on track for financing

Arizona is on track to complete a big financing deal needed so the cash-short state government can pay its bills during February, officials said Jan. 6. The Department of Administration said it plans to complete approximately $735 million of sale-leaseback financing for prisons, legislative buildings and other state properties this month.

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Brewer wants more nuclear power in state

Gov. Jan Brewer said Jan. 5 that Arizona should include more nuclear power plants in its energy portfolio while cutting taxes and government regulation to provide a welcome mat for solar and wind projects encountering "green tape" elsewhere.

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Brewer: No intervention in Maricopa controversy

Gov. Jan Brewer said the state's budget crisis precludes her from even considering any intervention in current legal and personality clashes within the Maricopa County government. Brewer told The Associated Press on Dec. 14 that she has not looked into whether she should or could intervene.

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New law would allow post-foreclosure suits

Arizona real-estate agents are sounding the alarm over recently enacted state legislation that sets new limits on longstanding protections for some owners of foreclosed homes, saying the law will weaken protection for borrowers and damage the struggling housing market.

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Part-time Arizona lawmakers working into the summer

Arizona's part-time legislators are on the job in midsummer after their inability to work out an on-time solution to the state's budget trouble led them to crack a barrier they hoped to avoid. The annual regular session starts in January and has adjourned in May or June in recent years. This year, it ran 71/2 hours into July 1 before lawmakers approved a new budget and finished action on other bills.

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