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Governor's role in budget meetings murky (access required)

Republican and Democrat leaders finally began budget meetings with Gov. Janet Napolitano this week, two months into a legislative session in which lawmakers from both parties agree bridging an existing $1.2 billion budget deficit is the paramount concern.   But ...

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Governor vetoes budget bill (access required)

Gov. Janet Napolitano has vetoed a spending freeze approved last week by the Legislature that would have prevented state agencies from spending about $580 million already assigned to them. Lawmakers in the House and Senate approved the bill, H2857, March ...

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Pesquiera won't seek second term (access required)

Sen. Charlene Pesquiera, the criminal justice instructor who scored an upset in Republican-leaning District 26 two years ago, will not seek a second term, she said in a statement released March 11. "I would like to take some time to ...

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Judge rules against cigar bar (access required)

The owners of a cigar and liquor store were dealt a blow when a judge rejected their claim that Arizona law allows their customers to smoke in a bar built inside their business. The March 7 ruling by Maricopa County ...

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Governor to join budget talks (access required)

Legislative leaders and Gov. Janet Napolitano will meet tomorrow to discuss the budget, though no one seems to know quite what that means. Republicans said the meeting is the first of what is expected to be many direct negotiations with ...

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Spending freeze bill sent to governor (access required)

  Lawmakers approved what's being termed a "temporary freeze" of about $582 million dollars in the budgets of state agencies and other dedicated funds.   Republican leaders hope it will be the first step toward jump-starting negotiations to fix a ...

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