Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

Capitol Media Services

Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in
Arizona since 1982, the last 25 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 suggests tax cut for military retirees

Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing to give a small tax cut to military retirees as a method of fulfilling his 2014 campaign promise to propose lower taxes every year he is in office.

State argues for dismissal of schools lawsuit

Attorney: It is ‘political question’ left for Governor, legislature

An attorney for the state told a judge Friday he has no legal right to hear a complaint that the Legislature is not providing enough money for schools.

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Governor’s budget plan focuses new cash on schools

Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled a $10.1 billion spending plan for the next budget year built on projections of more consumer spending, Arizonans buying more lottery tickets and hiring back many of the auditors who ensure that people are paying the state what they owe, auditors the governor previously laid off.

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Education at top of list as legislative session opens

Question of tax hike, how much or not is looming

Gov. Doug Ducey kicked off the legislative session Monday with a call for more education funding — but not with the tax hikes that some say are necessary to provide truly adequate funding for schools.

Lawmaker proposes another hurdle to citizen initiatives

Bill limits each proposal to one subject per petition drive

A Fountain Hills lawmaker is seeking a new restriction that could make it more difficult for voters to propose complex changes in state law.

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Legislative session opens Monday; education taking center stage

Gov. Doug Ducey kicks off the legislative session Monday with a call for more education funding — but not with the tax hikes that some say are necessary to provide truly adequate funding for schools.

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Groups offer plan for $950M additional education funds

Proposal unlikely to be backed by current lawmakers

Hoping to set the agenda, a coalition of educators and others laid out options that could generate more than $950 million for education this coming year, all without a general hike in sales taxes.

State Supreme Court limits GPS use by police

Divided justices let drug conviction stand

Police cannot put a GPS device onto a vehicle to track its movements without first getting a warrant, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

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Rep. Stringer to tackle sentencing reform

Two state lawmakers hope to do what has proven politically impossible for decades: Convince colleagues to consider sentencing reform.

State lawmaker wants to make nonpartisan elections partisan

Says voters should know where a candidate stands

A Scottsdale Republican lawmaker wants to force city council and mayoral candidates to run with party labels, saying he believes it will help prevent liberals from sneaking into office.

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