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Klein departs Ninth Floor, Smith will be new chief of staff (access required)

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After nearly four years on the Ninth Floor, Eileen Klein is stepping down as Gov. Jan Brewer’s chief of staff, and as most Capitol observers expected, top aide Scott Smith is stepping in to take the reins.

The Governor’s Office on Monday announced that Klein had accepted a job as Arizona Board of Regents president. ABOR voted on Oct. 10 to offer Klein the position, which is being vacated by outgoing president Tom Anderes.

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Capitol expects continuity on Ninth Floor if Klein leaves (access required)

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Eileen Klein has made a significant mark on state government in the three years she’s served as Gov. Jan Brewer’s chief of staff, and if she leaves to head the Arizona Board of Regents she will be sorely missed at the Capitol. But her departure is not expected to bring many changes in the way the Governor’s Office operates.

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Eileen Klein to become next ABOR president (access required)

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It looks like Gov. Jan Brewer will be in the market for a new chief of staff

The Arizona Board of Regents today voted unanimously to offer its presidency to Eileen Klein, who has served as Brewer’s chief of staff since 2009. The board spent about 30 minutes in executive session before moving into open session, where the regents quickly moved to make the offer to Klein.

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GOP compromise budget gives $450M to rainy day fund, $7M to tourism (access required)

As Republican lawmakers begin to receive briefings on the budget deal that GOP leaders and the Governor’s Office agreed to in principle April 25, details are beginning to emerge.

The major sticking point between the two sides has been revenue projections — not just for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, but also for the following two years. Though Gov. Jan Brewer had been unwilling to adopt the Legislature’s more cautious revenue estimates, it appears she had a change of mind.

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Klein billed as right person for wrong time (access required)

When Eileen Klein moved into her new office as Gov. Jan Brewer's chief of staff, the first decoration she put up was a Kachina. In Hopi lore, upon realizing her village was under attack, she grabbed her father's bow and arrows and rushed to the defense of her people, defeating the enemy at the village's edge. It's symbolic, in a way, of Klein's new role.

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Budget fix pitched to GOP lawmakers (access required)

The budget fix being shopped to Republican lawmakers would erase a little more than a quarter of the estimated $2 billion deficit and include about $300 million in permanent spending cuts. House Majority Whip Andy Tobin said the deal Republican leaders have reached with Republican Gov. Jan Brewer would include $140 million in cuts to K-12 education and $140 million in cuts to ADES.

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