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Debt Dilemma (access required)

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2010 decision to mortgage state’s assets threatens cash reserves

Borrowing billions of dollars allowed Arizona to limp through the worst financial crisis in its history. But the decision to mortgage state assets that include the House and Senate buildings has an unwanted underside: It precludes the state from having significant cash reserves.

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Obama’s impact (access required)

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Arizonans find lots to criticize amidst a few glimmers of praise

A huge rise in deportations. Regulatory overreach. Borderlands decimated by off-road vehicles. Operation Fast and Furious. More than four years after Barack Obama became president, liberals and conservatives alike have lots to criticize about what has happened in Arizona during his presidency.

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Dire warnings of Prop. 100 foes didn’t come to pass (access required)

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Three years after voters approved Proposition 100, the naysayers’ doom-and-gloom predictions about the consequences of the temporary sales tax hike haven’t panned out.

Arguments against Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal for a temporary 1-cent sales tax increase often veered into predictions of catastrophe. Many said it would severely hamper the state’s economic recovery efforts, that the tax hike would herald a future of tax-and-spend policies in support of an expanding and bloated government that would scare off businesses, and push Arizona toward bankruptcy and turn the state into another California.

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