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The real budget problem is partisanship

Just like all Arizonans, Democrats are frustrated with the total lack of leadership during this budget crisis. It is ludicrous that the Legislature has had seven months to pass a budget and still can't get the job done. This kind of behavior is unacceptable; as the special session goes on, critical public safety and health care programs still have no budget during the biggest economic shortfall of our lifetime.

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Brewer’s tax hike a recipe for bankruptcy (access required)

Several otherwise conservative legislators are thinking very hard about capitulating to Gov. Jan Brewer's scheme to put on the ballot an 18-percent increase in Arizona's sales tax rate. Those legislators have argued they could wring more spending reductions out of the governor by allowing the sales tax referendum to go to the ballot.

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Allow racinos to balance budget (access required)

It's against a distressing fiscal backdrop that the subject of the Arizona's gaming policy has come due for review. Briefly expressed, that policy holds that some number of the state's Native American tribes shall be allowed indefinitely to reap billions of dollars from gambling receipts, and everyone else shall reap precious little.

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Don’t bully Arizona (access required)

President Obama should immediately rebuke the members of his Cabinet who are threatening the State of Arizona over stimulus money as a result of U.S. Senator Jon Kyl's declaration that stimulus spending should be halted and redirected to more worthwhile purposes such as health care.

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Don’t let K-12 education get caught in budget crossfire (access required)

Our governor and our Legislature seem to be headed to a showdown at the O.K. Corral next Tuesday (June 30) over the budget. Hopefully, Arizona's K-12 students won't get caught in the crossfire. Continued cuts to education will only dim prospects for Arizona's future leaders and all of today's children who will contribute to our state's economy.

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Clean Elections system represents democracy at work (access required)

Arizona voters adopted the Clean Elections system of funding elections to increase public participation in government in a number of ways — to increase the number of candidates running for office, to increase the number of citizens involved in campaigns and to increase discussion of the issues.

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Clean Elections needs to be strengthened, improved (access required)

On June 5, the Arizona Capitol Times published a letter entitled “Why Clean Elections needs to end now.” The League of Women Voters of Arizona, which was instrumental in writing and achieving the passage of the Clean Elections law and which remains a major supporter of the system, takes issue with opposition to that law. Clean Elections is neither un-American nor unconstitutional.

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