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Brewer boasts better-than-expected budget surplus (access required)

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Gov. Jan Brewer touted a year-ending budget surplus that’s about $200 million more than was expected, which the governor attributed to the improving economy and her “sound fiscal leadership.”

In a press statement on Monday, Brewer said the state had an estimated cash balance of about $895 million at the end of fiscal year 2013. The budget approved by lawmakers and Brewer in June estimated a surplus of about $694 million.

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Lawmakers take a tumultuous path to a state spending plan (access required)

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This year's state budget took a tumultuous path, pitting Republicans against each other, trying the patience of Democrats, leaving outside observers in the dark and breaking nearly every possible protocol before ending up on the desk of Gov. Jan Brewer. This was clearly nothing anybody learned in a high school civics class.

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Medicaid foes launch effort to repeal expansion

Medicaid foes launch effort to repeal expansion

The citizen referendum against Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion has begun.

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives, which is headed up by former Sens. Frank Antenori and Ron Gould, took out petitions for a citizen referendum this morning at the Secretary of State’s Office in Tucson. The group has until Sept. 11 to collect 86,405 valid signatures to refer Brewer’s expansion plan to the November 2014 ballot.

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