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Bayless gets big pay bump (access required)

Betsey Bayless

The twilight of Betsey Bayless’ tenure as CEO of Maricopa Integrated Health System has gotten a lot more lucrative. The Maricopa County Special Health Care District board on Thursday approved a $125,000 salary increase, bringing her total salary to $500,000.

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Brewer asks regents to back Medicaid plan (access required)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer delivers her 2013 State of the State address. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

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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Immigration fallout from saying no to ‘Obamacare’

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Governors who reject health insurance for the poor under the federal health care overhaul could wind up in a politically awkward position on immigration: A quirk in the law means some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it.

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Arizona to tax hospitals to pay for Medicaid


Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has built a political career in standing up to the federal government over everything from immigration to health care. So she surprised almost everyone when she announced last week that she not only plans to push for an expansion of the state's Medicaid program under the federal health care law — she plans to fund it by raising taxes.

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Brewer seeks $317 million in new spending, largely for K-12 (access required)


The Governor’s Office unveiled an $8.9 billion budget plan today for fiscal year 2014, which included $317 million in new spending. “We’re finally comfortable using red, so that should tell you something about the state budget,” John Arnold, director of the governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, joked about the bright red color of the budget books distributed to the media at a press briefing today.

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