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New target date for budget: Aug. 20 (access required)

Arizona lawmakers are planning to send a set of budget bills to the Governor's Office on Aug. 20, after a short floor session today that ended without any action. But that budget plan will not include the proposal for a sales tax referral, something that Gov. Jan Brewer has insisted on for months.

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Pierce pulls double duty (access required)

On a rack in Steve Pierce’s office sits a cap that declares, “Operation Chaos.” Pierce, a freshman senator from Prescott, wore it while the Legislature passed a set of budget bills in June.

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Senate revives sales tax referral (access required)

The Arizona Senate has revived a measure that contains a provision for a sales tax increase, even though some lawmakers have called it a "dead horse." Senate President Bob Burns indicated lawmakers would continue to work to pass the ballot referral.

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House Dems name members of tuition tax credit task force

House Democrats today named eight members, including three Republicans, to serve on their newly formed Task Force on Private School Tuition Tax Credits program. Billed as a bipartisan panel, Democrats announced that the task force will be chaired by Rep. David Schapira, a Democrat from Tempe, with Tom Chabin, a Democrat from Flagstaff, named vice chair.

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State may need to issue IOUs (access required)

Arizonans may no longer be able to take pride that things here haven’t gotten as bad as in California. State Treasurer Dean Martin said Arizona may need to start issuing IOUs if the Legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer fail to approve a budget by Aug. 17.

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Pierce elected as permanent whip

A freshman lawmaker from Prescott has been elected as permanent majority whip in the Senate. "It's an honor to be able to able to help," said Sen. Steve Pierce. Pierce's election to the post did not come as a surprise.

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