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Williams wants spotlight on state debt, says legislation is needed

An alcoholic’s first step toward recovery is to admit being powerless to stop drinking even though it’s making life unmanageable.

Now a Tucson lawmaker wants to use the same approach to the state’s addiction to borrowing.

Rep. Vic Williams, a Republican from Tucson, said he plans to introduce a bill that would require the state to report annually all borrowing, as well as effect it will have on the state’s general fund.

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Republicans stand by transplant funding cuts

Like many states grappling with record-breaking budget deficits, Arizona has had to cut back on its health care and social services. What makes Arizona unique is the extent it has gone to save money — by restricting coverage of certain transplant procedures, arguing that they are optional or palliative. Yet the cuts are putting vulnerable Arizonans at risk of dying without the money to pay for procedures that may save their lives.

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Capitol Quotes: Nov. 12, 2010

“If I’m lucky enough to spot any of them at the Capitol this session, I’ll ask them.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, when asked if he expects Democrats to support a proposal to give the Legislature more authority over money the federal government gives to the state.

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