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Gov. Jan Brewer answered reporters' questions about the government shutdown earlier this month.

Public-private partnerships such as the Arizona Commerce Authority further business interests in the state, overseeing state corporate tax incentives and grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Similar organizations in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Florida function amid persistent questions about transparency as unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little. Read more»

Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, has authored a bill that would create a 'Return to Work' program through the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

Arizona can return more people to work by allowing firms to provide up to six weeks of training for those receiving unemployment assistance without having to add them to payrolls, a Tucson lawmaker contends. Read more»

With the unemployment rate still hovering near 10 percent, Arizona has drained its jobless benefit fund, forcing the state to borrow millions from the federal government to help out-of-work residents. Read more»

Eric Novack, a Glendale orthopedic surgeon, serves as chairman of Arizonans for Health Care Freedom, the main group supporting Proposition 106. Supporters say the measure would preserve individual rights by allowing Arizonans to opt out of any federal or state health care mandates. Opponents say the measure could prevent Arizonans from reaping the benefits of the federal health care law but more likely will expose the state to costly and unsuccessful legislation.

Supporters of Proposition 106 say allowing Arizonans to opt out of any federal or state health care mandate would preserve the right of individuals to make their own decisions. Opponents say that since a federal plan would trump anything at the state level, it would most likely set Arizona up for a costly and unsuccessful legal battle. Read more»

Children hold signs supporting the temporary one-cent sales tax increase, which will benefit education, on Monday.

Proposition 100 was approved by a statewide landslide. With 99 percent of polls reporting, 64 percent favored the temporary three-year hike in the sales tax to fund education, health and public safety programs. Read more» 1