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Coalition formed to fight Navajo power plant retrofits (access required)

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A group of Arizona business leaders say they have until Aug. 5 to tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency why forcing the Navajo Generating Station to spend as much as $1 billion on retrofits to the coal-powered plant would have dire consequences on the state economy and residents’ pocketbooks.

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Brewer changes Medicaid plan to ease critics’ concerns (access required)

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Some of the concerns raised in the Legislature regarding Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan haven’t fallen on deaf ears.

In the amendment that included Brewer’s expansion plan in the Senate’s budget on May 16, the Ninth Floor included several changes aimed at alleviating concerns over her proposal.

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Breakaway senator mulls whether to seek another term (access required)

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A member of the coalition of Senate Republicans who broke away from the majority party and voted for Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal is contemplating whether to run for office in 2014.

Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said that while he intends to run at this point, the decision is one he must still mull over in the coming year – and any reservations he has to running have nothing to do with his vote on Medicaid.

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McComish becomes key player in Medicaid expansion drama (access required)

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Senators are prepped for a lengthy floor debate on the GOP-led budget plan and a wildly anticipated fight to add Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal to the mix against the objection of most Senate Republicans.

Ten budget bills cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee, many by 6-3 party line votes, and the Rules Committee on Wednesday afternoon. That paves the way for lawmakers to take a final round of votes on the $8.89 billion spending plan Thursday.

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