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Brewer modest but successful in last session (access required)

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Gov. Jan Brewer’s agenda in her final regular legislative session lacked the blockbuster policies, drag-out fights and frayed nerves of 2013. Instead, the governor proposed a far more modest agenda in 2014. Relatively small spending increases in a few key areas, two low-profile economic development bills and legislation strengthening the state’s human trafficking laws were among the biggest policies she pursued.

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SB1062 drew attention to Arizona and set the tone for the 2014 session (access required)

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SB1062 forced the Arizona business community to push back against Republicans in the Legislature and take a more active role in opposing legislation many viewed as bad for business and Arizona’s image. And while maintaining the bill was mischaracterized following the outcry over the intent, some Republican leaders were wary to take on other headline-grabbing controversial measures this year.

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How the 2014 session unfolded (access required)

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Week of January 6-10 Known as “hell week” around the Capitol, the week before the legislative session was when lawmakers were focused on raising campaign contributions and held at least three dozen fundraisers. Meanwhile, lawmakers were slow to pre-file their ...

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Legislature should forget ideological battles and focus on making Arizona more attractive

Legislature should forget ideological battles and focus on making Arizona more attractive

Another legislative session is completed. The Republican majority has again failed to work with Democrats for the common good in Arizona. Many of us hoped the bipartisan efforts in 2013 would lead to an increased focus on substantive issues like fixing CPS, restoring the massive cuts to education or passing meaningful ethics reform. Instead, Republicans have concentrated on a strategy of appealing to the most extreme elements of their party to the detriment of Arizona’s children, businesses and workers.

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Solid, productive session for small business

Solid, productive session for small business

The 51st Arizona Legislature’s Second Regular Session was solid and productive for the National Federation of Independent Business with Arizona’s small business owners scoring gains on taxes and regulatory reform while turning back troubling efforts to unlevel the playing field for small business in economic development.

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