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Budget deal raids consumer protection fund (access required)

Thousands of Arizona state workers drop protections

As National Consumer Protection Week comes to a close, legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey are working to pass a state budget that would gut the fund that pays for consumer protection efforts in the Attorney General’s Office and instead use some of that money to sue the Obama administration.

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Michael Crow blasts Ducey over proposed cuts

ASU President Michael Crow yesterday blasted Ducey’s proposed $75 million cut to the universities, writing to ASU’s alumni community and others that the governor’s budget plan “signals to the state and the nation that higher education is a low priority in Arizona.”

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The meaning of shrewd

Many have criticized Ducey for presuming in his first budget plan that the state does not have to pay schools inflation funding while promising a structurally balanced budget by FY17. But a longtime Capitol observer said the governor’s strategy is politically shrewd – and completely understandable.

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