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Pension-reform: Similar destinations, divergent routes (access required)

In pursuing pension-reform, Speaker Adams travels a lonely road, and Sen. Yarbrough stops for visits along the way.

Two bills — one still embryonic, one written and ready — represent the common goal of reforming the state’s pension system. They also represent two very different approaches to legislation.

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Jobs bill survives late Senate debate (access required)

Despite strong objections from Democrats and some Republicans, the Senate leadership Tuesday evening pushed ahead to debate the jobs bill, a maneuver that moves the business-tax-cutting legislation closer to passage.

Having cleared the debate, the bill now goes to the full Senate for a formal “aye” or “nay” vote, which is expected on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Whether the measure has sufficient support to pass — it needs only 16 votes — is uncertain.

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Brewer unveils jobs bill, calls special session (access required)

Calling it the most important legislation Arizona has taken up in generations, Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday unveiled the details of the long-awaited Arizona Competitiveness Package, a raft of tax cuts and incentives that she said will boost job growth and make Arizona a haven for businesses.

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Believe it: Tuition hike is coming

When pressed about whether cuts to higher education would lead to higher tuition, the Governor’s Office hedged, but the heads of Arizona’s community colleges said the reduction is so steep they will have little choice but to propose that students pay more.

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Official: Arizona fund not tabbed for transplants

Arizona is still designing a proposed fund for hospitals and other health care providers, with no plan as of now to use it to provide reimbursements for transplants dropped from state Medicaid coverage in a 2010 budget cut, the state's Medicaid director said Tuesday.

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