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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»

For a couple of hours last week, it looked like the Senate would give Alex Miller a chance to relax. Miller, an ASU senior, faces the possibility that she will have to pay an extra $1,000 this year for her college loan, after a July 1 deadline to keep loan rates from doubling passed without congressional action. Read more»

Katherine Richard and Anisha Hindocha, junior and sophomore, respectively, at Arizona State University, joined other students on Capitol Hill who were pushing for action to halt a looming increase in student loan rates.

Several Arizona students were in Washington, D.C., Thursday pushing Congress to change the formula for student loans before July 1, when the rate for Stafford loans is set to go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The change would affect more than 7 million students and former students with loans, including about 450,000 in Arizona. Read more»

The state’s accounting system is on life support, but thanks to funding allocated last year by the governor and the Legislature it’s getting an overhaul that officials say is long overdue. Read more»

Serena Unrein, public interest advocate for the Arizona Public Interest Research Group, explains the report’s findings on Phoenix.

A public watchdog group on Wednesday gave Phoenix a grade of D for its online disclosure of spending information, ranking it 19th among the 30 largest cities in the U.S. Read more» 3

Arizona is one of 13 states that lead the nation in evaluating the effectiveness of state tax credits intended to boost business, according to a recent study. Read more»

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group released this report card on the state’s level of government transparency. It was timed with Sunshine Week, a national effort to promote a dialog about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

An advocacy group gives Arizona an A-minus on how it helps taxpayers research online how and where state government spends their money. Read more»

A statewide rail plan that would start by linking Tucson and Phoenix is a step toward giving Arizona residents a transportation option that would relieve traffic congestion and improve air quality, an interest group contends. Read more» 1