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Tax or no tax?

Attorneys squared off in Maricopa County Superior Court today for the long-awaited oral arguments in Biggs v. Betlach, the Medicaid expansion case. Perhaps the most pressing issue in the oral arguments was whether the hospital assessment, used to fund the state’s share of the cost of the 2013 expansion program, should be considered a tax.

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No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama's law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

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Extracting funds for K-12 (access required)

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Crandell’s overhaul of school finance plan attracts skepticism and support

It’s a puzzle that has vexed policymakers, education leaders and business groups for decades, but it’s one that Sen. Chester Crandell hopes to solve: How can the state revamp education funding to be both fair and simple?

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