Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 27 for Capitol Media Services which he founded in 1991. Fischer's news reports appear in daily and weekly newspapers around the state, and are heard on Arizona Public Radio.

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Ducey signs law moving up primary election

Arizona voters are now nearly a month closer to the next election.

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Legislative panels begin parsing Arizona budget

The $11.8 billion state budget cleared its first hurdles Wednesday as the package of spending and tax cuts was approved by a pair of legislative panels.

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GOP lawmakers' infighting could delay Arizona budget process even more

A litany of questions and objections from Republican lawmakers about the $11.9 billion proposed budget has left GOP leaders with a basic question: Now what?

State ed rule promoting ‘heterosexual relationships’ struck down

Over the objections of one member, the state Board of Education voted Monday to scrap a rule that requires sex education classes in Arizona to “promote honor and respect for monogamous heterosexual marriage.”

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GOP budget unveiled: Expiration date set on $32 vehicle fee, Kids Care restoration included in plan

With unexpected cash and a change in laws on internet taxes, Republicans plan to cut individual income taxes this coming year by about $325 million.

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GOP leadership says they’ve reached budget deal with Gov. Doug Ducey

Rank-and-file to view plan today

Republican legislative leaders say they’ve reached a deal on a spending plan with Gov. Doug Ducey.

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AG gives go-ahead for out-of-state company to loan money to Arizonans without regulation

Attorney General Mark Brnovich has given the go-ahead for an Illinois firm to “lend’’ up to $12,500 to Arizonans without state regulation -- and potentially at a higher cost than state law allows traditional consumer finance companies to charge.

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Ducey won’t back ending vaccination exemption

He wants ultimate decision left up to parents

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t support eliminating the ability of parents to claim a personal exemption for their children from vaccines despite a new published study showing the state’s largest county at risk for a measles epidemic.

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Boyer rejects compromise bid to get state budget deal done

He says offer from House Speaker does not do enough to help sexual assault victims

A bid by House Speaker Rusty Bowers to break the Republican gridlock over the budget has been rejected out of hand by the Phoenix Republican who it is supposed to satisfy.

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Construction industry booming in Arizona

But state’s economy is less susceptible to recession than previously, officials say

Arizona added another 75,300 private sector jobs in the past year — with more than one out of every four of them being in the construction industry.

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