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For many lawmakers, disclosures don’t provide estimate of holdings’ total value

Among other things, financial disclosure forms require lawmakers to list assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real property to identify potential conflicts of interest. Lawmakers also have to assign broad ranges of value to each asset. But estimating the maximum total value of a lawmaker’s holdings is impossible in many cases. The reason: The forms have an uppermost range of “more than $100,000,” and 49 of 90 lawmakers serving at the start of the 2010 session listed one or more assets in the highest range.

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On the verge of collapse (access required)

Crippling budget cuts to Arizona State Parks have forced the agency to close parks or seek a temporary patchwork of funding to keep others open. But it's unclear how long that will last. A bipartisan report concluded the entire system is crumbling before our eyes and is on the verge of collapse.

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