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Analysts: AZ could get cash infusion by lifting Medicaid freeze (access required)

A year ago, Republicans boasted that they made the tough decisions on state spending needed to close a massive budget deficit. The decision to freeze enrollment in state-funded health care for the poor was held up most often by Republicans as a shining example of how they addressed the festering fiscal imbalance.

But one incentive might persuade Arizona’s policymakers to let the uninsured back into the Medicaid fold: cash — lots of it.

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Supreme Court, feds gut SB1070 enforcement (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the heart of SB1070, but it pulled out the teeth. And the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cut off the arms and legs. The victory declared by Gov. Jan Brewer and other supporters of Arizona’s landmark illegal immigration law will almost certainly ring hollow, at least as long as President Barack Obama is in office.

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Future illegal immigration legislation murky after Supreme Court ruling (access required)

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on SB1070, lawmakers appear to be in no hurry to take on the sequel. While some lawmakers say Arizona should keep building on what they see as a victory in the high court and keep pushing for new legislation — including a handful of bills that failed in 2011 — many others, even some staunch illegal immigration hawks, are reluctant to go further.

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