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Looming Corrections crisis (access required)

The much-maligned Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, slated for the chopping block early in the budget process this year, won a stay of execution. But not everyone is happy about the apparent reprieve, especially county officials who face the prospect of assuming the financial responsibility of housing and rehabilitating the state's juvenile inmates.

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Lopsided campaigns await Prop. 100 vote

On one side of the Proposition 100 debate is a broad coalition with a seven-figure budget, organized rallies, signs on virtually every intersection and TV ads running statewide. On the other side is a group of vocal opponents with few resources, less than $100 in the bank and some “NO on 100” buttons.

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For many lawmakers, disclosures don’t provide estimate of holdings’ total value

Among other things, financial disclosure forms require lawmakers to list assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real property to identify potential conflicts of interest. Lawmakers also have to assign broad ranges of value to each asset. But estimating the maximum total value of a lawmaker’s holdings is impossible in many cases. The reason: The forms have an uppermost range of “more than $100,000,” and 49 of 90 lawmakers serving at the start of the 2010 session listed one or more assets in the highest range.

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