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Special session kicks off, but most work slated for Thursday (access required)

Lawmakers officially kicked off the fourth special session of the year - the second devoted to the fiscal 2010 budget - with an uneventful gathering at the state Capitol on Nov. 17. The work on taking a small bite out of the state's $2 billion budget deficit will take place on Nov. 19, when House and Senate budget committees are expected to meet.

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Brewer calls special session

Gov. Jan Brewer has called the Legislature into its fourth special session of the year to deal with a handful of unfunded agencies, a settlement with Science Foundation Arizona, the Rio Nuevo development district and the state's anti-deficiency statute.

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Lawmakers getting hammered in court; resources strained (access required)

Arizona's 49th Legislature has been tasked with keeping the state financially afloat during the most troubling economic times in state history. But the choices lawmakers made this year in an effort to balance the budget have led to six lawsuits challenging the state's use of fund sweeps to fill in deficits.

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GOP pushing for 1-day special session (access required)

Barring any surprises, Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to call the Legislature into special session in the next few days. But her 1-cent sales tax hike won't be on the table - at least not this time. Still up in the air is the possibility of doing a second special session, possibly in December, for another round of cuts and potentially approving revenue generating options.

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Klein billed as right person for wrong time (access required)

When Eileen Klein moved into her new office as Gov. Jan Brewer's chief of staff, the first decoration she put up was a Kachina. In Hopi lore, upon realizing her village was under attack, she grabbed her father's bow and arrows and rushed to the defense of her people, defeating the enemy at the village's edge. It's symbolic, in a way, of Klein's new role.

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