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Brewer: Budget can be balanced without tax hike (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer said she believes the state can balance its budget next session without another tax hike, but she didn't rule out the possibility. "I am hoping that we do not," Brewer said at a Sept. 30 press conference on the steps of the Executive Tower.

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Arizona stimulus funds largely unspent

Many deadlines to use stimulus money fall in 2012. That means the next 18 months offer some guaranteed work for construction crews, lower energy bills for some homeowners and perhaps even a benefit for taxpayers as government buildings become more efficient.

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It’s still the economy (access required)

The figures paint a grim picture: Arizona’s jobless rate stands at 9.7 percent, revenues have come in below forecast, the state’s budget deficit could reach $700 million in the current fiscal year. And now the U.S. Census puts the number ...

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