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UpClose with John Halikowski (access required)

The Arizona Department of Transportation is facing what it calls a "perfect storm." Tax revenue is declining as people license fewer vehicles and travel less. Meanwhile, the state is dipping into transportation money to help cope with the budget deficit. The department, as a result, is taking drastic measures to address a $100 million shortfall in its budget, including closing rest areas and possibly some offices of the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

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