Howard Fischer, for the Courier

Capitol Media Services

Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 26 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 wants budget that includes pay raises for teachers

Already fighting with educators over his pay hike plan, Gov. Doug Ducey opened a second front Friday, this time attacking members of his own Republican Party.

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Governor signs bill outlawing ‘fake’ service animals

If you’ve been sneaking Fluffy into the grocery store with the claim that’s your service dog, you’ll soon have to make other arrangements for your pet.

Teachers to vote this week whether to walk out

Calling the governor’s proposal inadequate, leaders of the #RedForEd movement have scheduled a vote this week to decide by Friday whether to strike.

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Teachers to vote on walkout; no proof money will be there for Ducey's pay pledge

PHOENIX - Calling the governor's proposal inadequate, leaders of the #RedForEd movement have scheduled a vote this week to decide whether to strike.

AG: Census ‘overly politicized’

Brnovich, Ducey not joining lawsuit over citizenship question

Arizona’s top elected officials, both Republicans, are not going to join the lawsuit filed by Democrat officials in some states challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census even though it could mean that Arizona won’t get its fair share of federal dollars and political representation.

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Only real service animals allowed

Those with ‘fraudulent’ service pets could face fines

State lawmakers are hoping to keep Fido and FiFi out of grocery stores, restaurants and airports if they have no legal right to be there.

bankruptcy protection

State senators voted Thursday to allow people seeking court approval to shed their debts to keep up to $2,000 worth of firearms.

Gov. Ducey rejects teachers’ call for 20-percent raises

Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that teachers aren’t going to get the 20 percent pay hike they are demanding — not now and not in the foreseeable future.

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Education sales tax gets 20-year extension

The state’s education sales tax — and the teacher salaries it supports — is not going away.

Will vouchers go back to voters?

Arizona voters will get the last word on expanding a program that gives parents money to send their children to private and parochial schools — unless Republican lawmakers take it away.

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