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Budget cuts drive states’ DMV changes

Drivers going to the department of motor vehicles will likely face longer lines and higher service fees in several states as recession-ravaged budgets force the shutdown of branch offices, a reduced work force and the need to raise revenue.

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AZ Land Department will be self-funded (access required)

The one budget bill that garnered a signature from Gov. Jan Brewer would fundamentally change the way the state Land Department is funded. Brewer on Aug. 21 signed H2014, which creates a self-funding mechanism for the Land Department and addresses issues at the Parks Department, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies.

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Are struggling community banks prepared for a new threat? (access required)

Most community banks in Arizona are losing money, lending is down, and a veteran banker concedes that every day is a challenge. It was a little too challenging for two Arizona banks, which were closed by state and federal regulators Aug. 14. A third bank is operating under federal orders to improve what were found to be “unsafe and unsound banking practices.”

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Misunderstanding blamed for delay of K-12 stimulus money (access required)

A misunderstanding regarding federal requirements delayed the implementation of a quarter-billion dollars in federal stimulus money for education. Gov. Jan Brewer submitted a request on June 25 for $250 million that did not meet federal guidelines for the money, according to the United States Department of Education.

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