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Brewer wants changes to tax code, state personnel and K-12 funding (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer filled in the blanks from her State of the State address with an ambitious policy agenda heavy on restructuring the state’s tax system, changing the way public schools are funded, revamping the personnel system for state employees and throwing down the gauntlet over federal environmental and land management policies.

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Brewer State of State: A focus on history, but emphasizes conservative agenda (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer’s State of the State address was light on details and big on broad outlines as she focused more on Arizona’s centennial celebration and the accomplishments of her administration, but she made it clear that 2012 will be a year of furthering a conservative agenda across a broad spectrum of state government.

Brewer vowed an expansion of school choice, the continued cutting of taxes and regulations, an overhaul of the state’s personnel system and continued defiance of federal policies on border security, health care and land management.

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Brewer ‘monitoring’ Arpaio racial profiling allegations (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer maintained a diplomatic tone regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s allegations of widespread racial profiling and civil rights violations by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, saying she was keeping an eye on the situation but declining to comment on the validity of the claims.

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Brewer on SB1070 appeal: ‘I like our chances’ (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer is confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold Arizona’s landmark illegal immigration law.

The Supreme Court today announced that it would hear Arizona’s appeal of a 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that SB1070 is unconstitutional because it is preempted by federal law.

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Federal money for health exchange puts Brewer in bind (access required)

The $30 million that Arizona received this week from the Obama administration will help the state develop and design a health insurance exchange website that can seamlessly interact with Medicaid.

But the pot of money, particularly given its size, potentially poses legal and political complications for Gov. Jan Brewer, who is against the federal health care overhaul and led Arizona in suing over its constitutionality.

Some view Brewer’s decision to seek the grant as tantamount to surrendering Arizona’s case.

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