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Tax or no tax?

Attorneys squared off in Maricopa County Superior Court today for the long-awaited oral arguments in Biggs v. Betlach, the Medicaid expansion case. Perhaps the most pressing issue in the oral arguments was whether the hospital assessment, used to fund the state’s share of the cost of the 2013 expansion program, should be considered a tax.

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Growing VA wait list crisis requires bold solutions

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A recent New York Times article proclaimed: “One year after outrage about long waiting lists for health care shook the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency is facing a new crisis: The number of veterans on waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was during the height of last year’s problems, department officials say.” Much of the increase is attributable to escalating demand by aging Vietnam veterans and returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Former state senator to run for Corporation Commission (access required)

(Photo courtesy Sandia National Laboratories)

Former Republican state Sen. Al Melvin is running for the Arizona Corporation Commission. Melvin, who served six years in the Senate before briefly running for governor in 2014, announced on Thursday that he would be seeking a spot on the commission, which has three seats up for grabs in the 2016 election.

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Slow your roll

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said it’s too early for Farley or anyone else to sound the alarm about whether state agencies will be denied the restoration of previous cuts in FY17, despite a projected $266 million surplus. For that matter, Scarpinato said it would be premature to start making decisions about the surplus funds at all.

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