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Brewer unveils sales tax bill (access required)

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Gov. Jan Brewer today announced her plans for simplifying Arizona’s complicated sales tax system, which followed recommendations from a task force on eliminating the multiple jurisdictions and layers of bureaucracy that businesses face in paying transaction privilege taxes.

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Brewer asks regents to back Medicaid plan (access required)

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Gov. Jan Brewer asked the Arizona Board of Regents to support her controversial AHCCCS expansion plan, arguing that it would free up general fund money for higher education.

The regents, the majority of whom are Brewer appointees, quickly granted her request, passing a resolution in support of both her overall budget plan and her proposal to increase Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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DuVal preparing to enter governor’s race

DuVal preparing to enter governor’s race

Fred DuVal said there is a “high probability” that he will officially begin his campaign for governor later this month.

DuVal, a former regent, former Clinton White House aide and longtime Democratic operative, said he expects to file his campaign committee with the Secretary of State’s Office by the end of February.

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Brewer approves emergency funding for CPS (access required)

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Gov. Jan Brewer signed an emergency appropriations bill today that provides $4.4 million for Child Protective Services to hire new staff, and lawmakers sent another bill to her desk to continue funding the Independent Redistricting Commission as it heads to trial in federal court.

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Hallman jumps into 2014 governor’s race (access required)

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Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman made his official entry into the 2014 governor’s race.

Hallman, a Republican, has long been an oft-rumored candidate for numerous offices. On Tuesday he filed a campaign committee with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office for a gubernatorial run.

“We’re off and running,” Hallman said.

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Senators fast-track money for CPS, IRC (access required)

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Lawmakers plan to send two bills to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk by the end of the week: an emergency provision to hire new staff for Child Protective Services and $500,000 for the Independent Redistricting Commission for an upcoming trial in federal court.

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