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July 10, 2014

  • Government Spending   |   Video
    • In a two-day event at the State Capitol, Cox Communications and the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University will gather about 40 executive MBA students to learn about policy-making and budget decisions from some of the state’s top lawmakers, staff and advocates. The students, acting as lawmakers and advocates, will then pass their own budget in a mock legislative session. It’s an exercise to help students learn how business and the political process intersect. Gerry Keim, professor of management at the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, and Michelle Bolton, director of public affairs for Cox Communications, will discuss the event and concepts used by the students.

June 23, 2014

  • Maricopa County Update  |   Video
    • Maricopa County supervisors are working on a new budget. Board Chairman Denny Barney will discuss that and other county issues.

May 27, 2014

  • Phoenix Mayor Stanton   |   Video
    • Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton makes his monthly appearance on Arizona Horizon to talk about city of Phoenix issues, including the recently-approved city budget.

May 21, 2014

  • Phoenix Budget  |   Video
    • The Phoenix city council voted to pass a budget that closed a $37-million budget gap. One of the most controversial parts of the budget was a pay cut for employees. Dustin Gardiner, who has been covering the story for the Arizona Republic, tells us more about the budget.

May 7, 2014

  • State Funding for Universities  |   Video
    • A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reveals Arizona’s per-student rate of support for higher education dropped over 48 percent from 2008 to 2014. At the same time, tuition increased by about 80 percent. Arizona Board of Regents president Eileen Klein will discuss the situation.

April 23, 2014

  • Legislature/Education  |   Video
    • A good chunk of our state budget is spent on education. We will have a discussion on how education fared this legislative session with Stacey Morley, the Arizona Department of Education Policy Director, Pearl Chang Esau, President and CEO of Expect More Arizona, and Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association.

April 21, 2014

  • Phoenix Mayor Stanton   |   Video
    • Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton makes his monthly visit to Arizona Horizon to discuss the latest city issues, including continued work on eliminating a budget shortfall.

April 7, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • The state legislature brokers a budget deal. Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times will give us an update.

March 31, 2014

  • Charter Schools/Budget Battle  |   Video
    • Charter schools are being created by traditional public schools and that results in more money per pupil for the schools. The practice is being contested by some lawmakers as they work on the state budget. Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials will discuss how the practice works.

March 24, 2014

  • Mayor Stanton  |   Video
    • Phoenix is facing budget cuts. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will discuss that and more in his monthly appearance on Arizona Horizon.

March 3, 2014

  • NAFTA 20 Year Anniversary  |   Video
    • It’s been 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement was put into place. It was designed to eliminate investment and trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada. An international conference will be held at Arizona State University in March regarding NAFTA. Jonathan Koppell, Dean of ASU’s College of Public Programs, will discuss how the trade agreement has impacted Arizona and the three countries it covers.

January 20, 2014

  • Arts Funding  |   Video
    • The Arizona Commission on the Arts received a one-time budget allocation of $1-million from the state legislature last session. The money is set to be used to support existing statewide grants and to develop new programs targeting innovative arts initiatives. Robert Booker, the arts commission’s executive director, discusses how the money will be used.

November 14, 2013

  • Arizona ArtBeat: New Arts Funding  |   Video
    • The Arizona Commission on the Arts received a one-time budget allocation of $1 million for fiscal year 2014 from the state legislature. The new money will be used to support the commission’s existing statewide grant-making activities to promote arts education and access to nonprofit art organizations. It will also be used to create a pair of brand new grant programs designed to support innovative art initiatives. Arts Commission Executive Director Robert Booker will discuss the new funding.

October 23, 2013

  • School Overrides  |   Video
    • More than 30 school districts in Maricopa County will turn to voters this year in school override elections which, if approved, allow schools to override their budget. Some district officials say they need money from local taxpayers to make up for cuts in state funding. Scottsdale Superintendent David Peterson and John Fischer, executive director of Stand for Children in Arizona, will discuss overrides and the reasons schools seek them.

September 26, 2013

  • SNAP Challenge  |   Video
    • As part of Hunger Awareness Month, the Arizona Community Action Association challenged community members to spend a week living on a food stamp budget of $4.14 a day or $29 a week for an individual. We’ll show you how one person met that challenge.

September 12, 2013

  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • A new report shows that Arizona had the third-highest state funding cuts per pupil since the recession started. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows state funding for school districts has fallen an inflation-adjusted 17-percent since 2008. Education-funding expert Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials will talk about education funding in our state.

July 11, 2013

  • Federal Share of State Budget  |   Video
    • A new report shows that nearly half of Arizona’s general revenue funds come from the federal government. Only Mississippi and Louisiana receive a higher percentage of their state funds from the federal government. The Tax Foundation of Washington, D.C. put out the report. Arizona State University Economist Dennis Hoffman and Byron Schlomach, Chief Economist at the Goldwater Institute, will discuss the report.

May 7, 2013

  • Sequestration Impact on Arizona  |   Video
    • It’s been a couple of months since the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as "sequestration" started. Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, says the cuts could be worse for Arizona than the housing bubble. Broome will talk about the impacts of the sequester.

April 11, 2013

  • Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • Join Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin as they discuss the latest news from the state capitol, including whether progress is being made on the state budget.

February 26, 2013

  • The Sequester  |   Video
    • On March 1, automatic budget cuts in the federal budget known as the “Sequester” will kick in unless Congress acts to stop them. Local economist Jim Rounds of the Elliott D. Pollack Company will discuss the impact of possible cuts on Arizona.

February 25, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion/Hospital Assessments  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has proposed allowing the director of the state’s health care plan for the poor to assess a levy on hospitals to pay for an expansion of Medicaid in Arizona. Byron Schlomach of the Goldwater Institute and John Arnold, Governor Brewer’s Budget Director, will discuss the pros and cons of the idea.

January 17, 2013

  • Fix the Debt  |   Video
    • Arizona has joined Fix the Debt, a nonpartisan campaign to encourage our leaders in Washington, D.C. to reach a comprehensive agreement on reforms that will improve America’s fiscal health. Learn more about the campaign from members of the Fix the Debt Arizona Steering Committee, former Arizona Attorney General and new CAP Board member, Terry Goddard, and Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

November 26, 2012

  • U.S.-Mexico Colorado River Water Agreement  |   Video
    • The United States and Mexico have a new agreement on Colorado River water. The new deal will allow the U.S. to get a one-time increased allotment from the river in exchange for $10 million and helping Mexico to repair canals damaged in a 2010 earthquake. It also lets Mexico store water in Lake Mead, which will boost water levels by 15 feet and could lead to more tourism at the lake.

November 14, 2012

  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • The temporary 1-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2010 to fund public education expires next year. Prop 204, which would have permanently extended that tax, failed at the ballot box this November. We’ll take a look at how that affects the funding of public schools with John Arnold, Director of the Governor’s Budget Office; Chuck Essigs, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials; and Timothy Ogle, Executive Director of the Arizona School Boards Association.

October 30, 2012

  • VOTE 2012: Glendale Prop 457 Debate  |   Video
    • The Glendale City Council passed a 5-year $125 million sales tax increase this summer to address budget shortfalls. Prop 457 is a citizen initiative that would eliminate that temporary tax increase. Glendale City Councilperson Yvonne Knaack speaks in opposition to the proposition. Pat Quinn, former president of Qwest Arizona, speaks in favor of Prop 457.

October 15, 2012

  • Mayo Clinic Telestroke Program  |   Video
    • A recent agreement between Tuba City Regional Health Care and Mayo Clinic in Arizona will bring state-of-the-art stroke care to Navajo and Hopi patients through telemedicine. Dr. Bert Vargas, a Mayo Clinic telestroke neurologist, will talk about the new program, set to start in November.

June 27, 2012

May 21, 2012

  • Agreement in Lawsuit Over Services for the Seriously Mentally Ill  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer and plaintiffs in the 1981 Arnold v. Sarn lawsuit have signed a 2-year agreement that creates a framework for improving services for people who have serious mental illnesses. Dr. Laura Nelson, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services, and plaintiffs’ attorney Anne Ronan discuss details of the agreement.

May 8, 2012

  • Legislative Wrap-Up: Education  |   Video
    • Education experts talk about how the State budget and new legislation is expected to impact K-12 and higher education.
  • Selling the Phoenix Coyotes  |   Video
    • The NHL has announced a preliminary agreement to sell the Phoenix Coyotes to a group of buyers led by former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison. Phoenix Business Journal reporter Mike Sunnucks explains what must happen to formalize the agreement.

May 3, 2012

May 2, 2012

  • Mortgage Relief Fund Sweep  |   Video
    • Arizona Housing Alliance Executive Director Valerie Iverson explains why her organization is considering legal action after state lawmakers pass a budget that sweeps $50 million from a mortgage settlement fund.

May 1, 2012

  • Arizona Budget  |   Video
    • State lawmakers and the Governor have agreed on a new budget and lawmakers are expected to pass it today. Bob Robb of the Arizona Republic will talk about the budget.

April 30, 2012

April 17, 2012

  • Arizona Budget  |   Video
    • State Representative Justin Olson, who is vice-chair of the House Appropriations Committee, discusses the latest State revenue forecast and its impact on budget negotiations.

April 16, 2012

  • Arizona Budget  |   Video
    • John Arnold, the Governor’s budget director, discusses the latest State revenue forecast and its impact on budget negotiations.

March 29, 2012

  • Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • An update on the State budget and other legislative issues with the Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin and the Senate President Steve Pierce.

March 27, 2012

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • An Arizona Capitol Times reporter provides a mid-week update on news from the Arizona State Legislature.

March 17, 2012

  • State Budget Update  |   Video
    • Senate Majority Leader Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert) and House Minority Leader Rep. Chad Campbell (D-Phoenix) discuss the status of State budget negotiations.

February 29, 2012

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • An Arizona Capitol Times reporter provides a mid-week update on news from the Arizona State Legislature.

February 27, 2012

  • Legislative Budget  |   Video
    • Republican Representative John Kavanagh, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; and Democratic Representative Chad Campbell, the House Minority Leader; debate the merits of the legislature’s budget plan for next fiscal year.

February 24, 2012

February 22, 2012

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • An Arizona Capitol Times reporter provides a mid-week update on news from the Arizona State Legislature.

February 21, 2012

  • Legislative Budget Plan  |   Video
    • Dennis Welch of the Arizona Guardian reports on the legislative budget plan state lawmakers passed out of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

February 7, 2012

  • Senate Appropriations Chairman  |   Video
    • Senator Don Shooter (R-Yuma) will speak about his role as Chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and the process of drafting a new State budget.

January 17, 2012

October 5, 2011

  • University Funding  |   Video
    • Arizona Board of Regents Chairman Fred DuVal talks about the Board’s $800 million budget request to fund Arizona University System operations in fiscal year 2013.

August 1, 2011

  • Rural Health Conference  |   Video
    • A preview of the 38th annual Rural Health Conference sponsored by the University of Arizona’s Rural Health Office. UA Professor Lynda Bergsma, Director of the State Office of Rural Health and Jim Dickson, the CEO at Copper Queen Community Hospital talk about health issues pertaining to rural Arizona.

July 20, 2011

  • Excess State Revenue  |   Video
    • The State of Arizona is on track to collect more tax revenues than projected when lawmakers passed the 2012 budget. State Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) and State Representative Justin Olson (R-Mesa) debate what the State should do with any extra money it collects.

May 26, 2011

  • Medicaid Cuts Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest is suing the State over budget cuts to Arizona’s Medicaid program known as AHCCCS. The Center’s Executive Director, Tim Hogan, explains the lawsuit.

May 3, 2011

  • Arizona State Parks  |   Video
    • After several years of substantial budget cuts, Arizona State Parks are facing significant financial challenges. The agency’s director, Renee Bahl, discusses the impacts of budget cuts and strategies to keep the parks open.

April 28, 2011

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Social Services  |   Video
    • Find out how state budget cuts to Medicaid, child care and cash assistance may affect Arizona’s most vulnerable populations. Guests include Jacki Taylor, CEO of Save the Family; Eddie Sissons, Executive Director of Arizona Foundation for Behavioral Health; and Timothy Schmaltz, director of the Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition.

April 26, 2011

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Education  |   Video
    • We take a look at the impact of budget cuts and other legislation on public education with Senator Rich Crandall, Chair of the Senate Education Committee; Ann-Eve Pedersen, president of the Arizona Education Network; and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

April 18, 2011

  • Career and Technical Education  |   Video
    • The FY2012 state budget eliminates career and technical education funding for 9th grade students. Find out how that impacts Arizona’s efforts to prepare high school students for the workforce. Guests include Carolyn Warner, co-chair of the Arizona Skill Standards Commission; Jac Heiss, superintendent of the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology; and Brandon Ames, CEO of ABLE Information Technologies.

April 12, 2011

  • AHCCCS/Medicaid Cuts Lawsuit   |   Video
    • The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest is preparing to file a lawsuit challenging state budget cuts to Arizona’s Medicaid program known as AHCCCS. Tim Hogan, the Center’s executive director, explains why he believes a lawsuit is warranted.

April 7, 2011

  • State Budget: Impact on Counties and Cities  |   Video
    • Navajo County Supervisor and President of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona David Tenney and Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny discuss the impact of the $8.3 billion FY 2012 state budget on local government.

April 5, 2011

  • State Budget and the Economy  |   Video
    • Economists discuss the potential impact of the state budget on Arizona’s economy. Guests include ASU economist Dennis Hoffman and Alan Maguire, president and principal economist for The Maguire Company.
  • FY 2012 State Budget  |   Video
    • Proponents say is big on cuts and short on gimmicks. Speaker of the House Kirk Adams and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell discuss the $8.3 billion budget that’s now awaiting Governor Brewer’s signature.

April 4, 2011

  • AHCCCS Budget  |   Video
    • State lawmakers and the governor are proposing big cuts to the state’s health insurance for the poor. Tom Betlach, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, will talk about how those cuts will impact his agency and its clients. Kim VanPelt, associate director of Arizona Health Futures for St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, will explain what the proposed AHCCCS enrollment freeze will mean for Arizona’s Medicaid population and their health care providers.

March 31, 2011

  • K-12 Budget Cuts  |   Video
    • School officials explain how budget cuts proposed by the Governor and the State Senate will impact schools and students. Guests include Dr. Ron Richards, Superintendent of the Pendergast Elementary School District in the West Valley and David Peterson, Assistant Superintendent and Business Manager for the Scottsdale Unified School District.
  • Higher Education Budget Cuts  |   Video
    • Northern Arizona University President John Haeger talks about how the proposed budget cuts will impact his university.

March 21, 2011

  • Arizona Senate Leadership  |   Video
    • Senate President Russell Pearce and Senate Minority Leader David Schapira discuss the state budget and other legislation.

February 24, 2011

  • METRO Light Rail  |   Video
    • A new federal budget proposal includes nearly $38 million to help extend METRO light rail line into downtown Mesa. METRO Light Rail CEO Steve Banta talks about the Mesa extension and other future projects.

January 31, 2011

  • State Budget Deficit: Raise Taxes or Reduce Spending?  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have two primary options to erase the State’s massive budget deficit: 1) raise taxes or, 2) cut government spending. Both have a negative impact on Arizona’s economy, but according to a new analysis by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business, one option is less economically harmful than the other. Tom R. Rex, associate director of the Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research, explains.

January 20, 2011

  • Proposed Budget Cuts to Higher Education  |   Video
    • Governor Brewer's plans to deal with the huge budget shortfall includes substantial cuts to higher education. Chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents Anne Mariucci and Arizona State University President Michael Crow talk about the proposed cuts.

January 19, 2011

  • Governor’s Budget Proposal  |   Video
    • House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) discuss Governor Jan Brewer’s budget proposal.

January 18, 2011

  • Budget Deficit   |   Video
    • Arizona faces a budget deficit of about $2 billion over the next 18 months. Governor Brewer has released a plan to shrink the deficit. John Arnold, the Governor's Budget Director, discusses the plan.

January 11, 2011

  • Arizona’s Structural Deficit  |   Video
    • Arizona’s budget has a huge structural deficit that threatens its economic future, according to a new report released by ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy and Brookings Mountain West. The report’s chief author, University of Tennessee economist Matthew Murray, discusses the report and what it says about Arizona’s ability to close its budget gap.

January 6, 2011

  • State Health Care  |   Video
    • How state budget cuts are impacting services provided by AHCCCS, Arizona's Medicaid program, and how health providers can adapt to the changes. Guests include Banner Health CEO Peter Fine and Dr. Leonard Kirschner, President of AARP Arizona and a former director of AHCCCS.

January 3, 2011

  • State Budget/Public Education  |   Video
    • A look at the fiscal challenges facing public education. Guests include State Representative John Kavanagh and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

December 31, 2010

  • State Budget/Public Education  |   Video
    • A look at the fiscal challenges facing public education. Guests include State Representative John Kavanagh and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

September 13, 2010

  • Prop 301: Land Conservation Fund  |   Video
    • The merits of Prop 301 are debated. It’s a measure, referred to the ballot by the legislature, that transfers the balance of money in the Land Conservation Fund to the state general fund to help balance the budget.

May 19, 2010

  • Prop 100 and the State Budget  |   Video
    • By a wide margin, Arizona voters approved Proposition 100 raising the state sales tax by a penny per dollar for three years. John Arnold, Director of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budget, explains how the extra revenue will help the State.

May 10, 2010

  • ASU President  |   Video
    • The latest news about ASU’s budget situation with the university’s president, Dr. Michael Crow.

May 4, 2010

  • Behavioral Health Cuts  |   Video
    • Dr. Laura Nelson, Acting Director of the Division of Behavioral Health for the State Department of Health Services talks about implementing state budget cuts, and how they may impact people with serious mental illnesses.

April 27, 2010

  • Governor Jan Brewer  |   Video
    • The Governor talks about Arizona’s tough new immigration law, the budget, and her plans to create jobs and grow Arizona’s economy.

April 22, 2010

  • Economic Outlook  |   Video
    • Economic experts deliver their mid-year forecasts for the U.S. and Arizona at the annual Economic Outlook Luncheon sponsored by the Economic Club of Phoenix. Hear what they had to say.

April 19, 2010

  • Arizona’s Job Recovery Act  |   Video
    • A discussion on the merits of House Bill 2250 which seeks to grow jobs and attract businesses with tax incentives. Guests include Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, who’s representing the Arizona Budget Coalition.

March 23, 2010

  • State Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • The state legislature continues work on the budget deficit, and is taking up other issues, such as immigration. Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams will talk about the latest from the legislature.

March 2, 2010

  • Women’s Safety, Health and Economic Security  |   Video
    • The economic recession and state budget cuts may be having a disproportionately negative impact on women. Leading advocates for women talk about how the current economic climate is threatening the safety, health and economic security of Arizona women. Guests include: Allie Bones, of the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Jodi Liggett, Arizona Foundation for Women; and Marie Sullivan of Arizona Women’s Education and Employment.

March 1, 2010

  • Governor Jan Brewer  |   Video
    • An interview with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer about the state budget, an upcoming election to temporarily increase the state sales tax, and a variety of other issues.

February 24, 2010

  • Phoenix City Budget  |   Video
    • Phoenix City Councilmen Michael Nowakowski and Sal DiCiccio discuss a proposal to cut as much as $140 Million from the City’s budget. Find out how the cuts would impact Phoenix residents, and if any alternatives to cuts are available to city leaders.

February 16, 2010

  • Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • State lawmakers continue their struggle with the state budget. Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams will discuss the budget and other legislative priorities in their monthly appearance on Horizon.

February 2, 2010

  • CityNorth Tax Incentives  |   Video
    • What the Arizona Supreme Court ruling on a tax incentive agreement between the City of Phoenix and the developer of the CityNorth retail development means for the future of similar tax incentive deals.
  • Alternative Budget  |   Video
    • An alternative budget has been introduced in the state legislature with fewer program cuts than leadership’s budget. Representatives Chad Campbell and Bill Konopnicki discuss the alternative budget.

January 28, 2010

  • Mental Health Services  |   Video
    • Arizona is under a court order to provide services for people with serious mental illnesses, as required by state law. But as part of her budget plan, Governor Jan Brewer wants to remove that law from the books and eliminate most non Title XIX (Medicaid) funding for 14,600 adults with serious mental illnesses. Attorneys Charles “Chick” Arnold and Anne Ronan discuss their concerns and possible repercussions of the Governor’s plan.

January 25, 2010

  • Arizona State Parks  |   Video
    • State parks are in a life or death battle for their existence as state lawmakers look for ways to cut the budget. Renee Bahl, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks, will talk about the dire situation.

January 19, 2010

  • Governor Jan Brewer  |   Video
    • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer discusses her budget recommendations and other priorities for the legislative session.

January 12, 2010

December 10, 2009

  • State Budget  |   Video
    • The Governor’s Chief of Staff, Eileen Klein, provides an update on the $1.6 billion state budget deficit and a possible special session to deal with the shortfall.
  • METRO Light Rail  |   Video
    • METRO Light Rail is getting a new CEO. The current CEO, Rick Simonetta, is leaving his post at the end of the year to work for a company that’s pursuing high speed rail projects across the country. Hear what Simonetta has to say about some of the successes, challenges and surprises he encountered while finishing the Valley’s 20-mile light rail starter line on time and on budget.

November 23, 2009

  • Special Session Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small discusses the recently-concluded special legislative session that resulted in $300 million of new budget cuts.

November 17, 2009

  • State Budget  |   Video
    • As lawmakers prepare to enter a special session for the budget, two lawmakers will discuss the budget and what can be done about it. Guests include House Appropriations Chairman, Rep. John Kavanagh (R) and House Assistant Minority Leader, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D).

November 5, 2009

  • Arizona Town Hall  |   Video
    • More than 100 Arizona leaders will meet at the Grand Canyon to talk about Arizona’s budget problems in the 95th Arizona Town Hall. We’ll discuss the group’s findings.

October 28, 2009

  • State Parks Funding  |   Video
    • Arizona’s system of 31 state parks is in poor financial shape. Historic buildings are in disrepair, and budget cuts have forced some parks to close. An ASU report released this month is recommending a variety of options to raise revenue for state parks. Topping the list is a surcharge on vehicle license plates. Hear from House Appropriations Committee Chair, Rep. John Kavanagh who is opposed to the idea, and Rich Dozer, Chairman of the Governor’s Sustainable State Parks Task Force.

October 20, 2009

  • Governor Brewer  |   Video
    • The state is still struggling to play its bills. Governor Jan Brewer will discuss the latest on the budget and more in an interview with Horizon's Ted Simons.

October 19, 2009

  • DPS Budget  |   Video
    • A report out on the Arizona Department of Public Safety's budget indicates the agency could be forced to lay off one-third of its patrolmen. DPS Director Roger Vanderpool will talk about the budget.

September 23, 2009

  • State Budget  |   Video
    • Just weeks after the Governor signed the latest round of budget bills, state agencies are being told to prepare for additional cuts. Eileen Klein, Director of the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, talks about the budget probklems.

September 1, 2009

  • State Budget Politics  |   Video
    • Senator Jay Tibshraeny, a Chandler Republican, talks about the politics of what’s been a painful process to pass a state budget.

August 26, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small provides an update on the state budget after lawmakers adjourned the special session, sine die. It’s a move that gives the Governor 10 days to consider signing the budget that’s nearly identical to one she previously vetoed.

August 20, 2009

  • Arizona Cash Flow  |   Video
    • State Treasurer Dean Martin talks about Arizona’s budget crisis and cash flow problems.

August 19, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small has the latest on the legislature’s efforts to send another budget to the Governor.

August 18, 2009

  • State Parks  |   Video
    • Renee Bahl, Director of Arizona State Parks, explains how budget cuts have affected her agency's ability to properly care for Arizona's parks system.

August 13, 2009

  • “Racinos”  |   Video
    • As the State of Arizona faces a budget shortfall of more than $3 billion, lobbyists for dog and horse tracks are suggesting that Arizona can generate much needed revenue by allowing casino games at dog and horse racing tracks. But are “racinos” a good idea? Hear what Sheila Morago of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association has to say about the issue.

August 12, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • The legislature is set to vote this week on the budget. Dennis Welch of the Arizona Guardian will bring us up to date.

July 30, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small talks about the legislature’s latest budget breakdown. Governor Jan Brewer and Republican legislative leaders have agreed to a new budget plan, but they continue to struggle to find enough votes to pass it.

July 29, 2009

  • Budget Agreement  |   Video
    • Arizona Guardian reporter Dennis Welch provides an update on a budget agreement between the Governor and Republican legislative leaders.

July 14, 2009

  • Tax Policy  |   Video
    • Arizona Tax Research Association Director Kevin McCarthy offers his perspective on revenue options available to lawmakers as they look for ways to balance the current year state budget.

July 9, 2009

  • Funding for the Arts  |   Video
    • Funding for the arts suffered a 42 percent drop recently, partly due to cuts by the legislature and partly due to decreased revenues. Brenda Sperduti of Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts talks about the drop in revenue and budget cuts.

July 8, 2009

  • Special Session  |   Video
    • The budget passed by state lawmakers at the last minute has been shot down in part by Governor Jan Brewer. House Minority Leader Representative David Lujan and House Majority Leader John McComish talk about efforts to come up with a new budget plan.

July 7, 2009

  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials talks about the budget challenges that continue for public education even after lawmakers restored K-12 funding.

June 30, 2009

  • Budgetary   |   Video
    • Former state legislators, Pete Rios and Stan Barnes discuss the politics and policy at stake as lawmakers rush to rush to pass a balanced budget before the end of the fiscal year.

June 25, 2009

  • Budget Impact on Republicans  |   Video
    • Solving the state budget crisis has caused an impasse between our Republican governor and our Republican-led legislature. What impact is that having on the Republican party? Former Attorney General Grant Woods and political analyst Chuck Coughlin examine the issue.

June 24, 2009

  • Capitol Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small gives us the latest on what’s happening at the state capitol, including the most recent news on the budget stalemate.

June 23, 2009

June 18, 2009

  • Budget Fight  |   Video
    • Can the Arizona Supreme Court make the legislature submit bills to the governor? Andy Hessick, ASU law professor, talks about the issue.

June 16, 2009

  • Budget Crisis  |   Video
    • State lawmakers and the governor disagree on how to solve next year's budget and time is running out. Governor Jan Brewer is even talking about getting the Arizona Supreme Court to force lawmakers to give her a budget she plans to veto. Mary K. Reinhart of the Arizona Guardian will give us an update.

June 11, 2009

  • Arizona Hospitals and Healthcare  |   Video
    • John Rivers of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association talks about how the latest budget impacts hospitals and programs for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable people.

June 10, 2009

  • Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce  |   Video
    • Todd Sanders, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce talks about what the Chamber is doing to help its members make it through this tough economy, and he shares his perspective on the state budget.

June 9, 2009

June 8, 2009

  • Democratic Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Senate Assistant Minority Leader Rebecca Rios and House Minority Leader David Lujan discuss the state budget and the latest legislative news.

May 13, 2009

  • School District Cash Balances  |   Video
    • Arizona State lawmakers passed a plan to use $300 million in school district cash balances to help erase the state’s remaining $650 million dollar budget shortfall in FY 2009. Chuck Essigs, Director of Government Relations for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials explains why the move will result in a property tax increase for some Arizonans.

May 12, 2009

  • Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams talk about legislative issues, with the budget being the top and just about the only issue addressed this session.

May 11, 2009

  • Budget Debate  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have delievered a budget. Hear the pros and cons in a discussion with Republican Representative John Kavanagh and Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema.
  • Lower-cost College Degrees  |   Video
    • Budget cuts and tuition hikes have prompted the Arizona Board of Regents to take a closer look at the affordability of higher education. The President-elect of the Arizona Board of Regents talks about one idea to provide students with lower cost options for earning a college degree.

April 22, 2009

  • Education Legislators  |   Video
    • Members of the House Education Committee discuss the outlook for public education as legislators try to balance the 2010 state budget while facing a $3 billion dollar shortfall.

April 16, 2009

  • Democratic Leadership  |   Video
    • House Minority Leader David Lujan and Senate Minority Leader Jorge Garcia share the Democrat’s view of the state budget process.

April 14, 2009

  • Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • Arizona Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams return to HORIZON for an update on the state's budget.

April 13, 2009

  • State Schools Superintendent  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne talks about the state budget crisis’ affect on education. He also addresses the lawsuit over the state’s English Language Learner spending, which is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.

April 9, 2009

  • Arizona Budget Options  |   Video
    • A team of experts in finance and public administration from Arizona’s universities have released a report of options to help erase Arizona’s $3 billion budget shortfall. A member of the Fiscal Alternatives Choices Team talks about some of the options included in the FACT report.

April 7, 2009

  • Democratic Budget  |   Video
    • Democrats in the state House of Representatives have released a budget proposal. House Minority Leader Kyrsten Sinema discusses the plan and how it differs from the Republican proposal.

March 26, 2009

March 24, 2009

  • Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • State lawmakers are focusing mostly on the budget. Learn more from Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams.

February 26, 2009

  • Health Care Cuts  |   Video
    • Arizona's health care system is enduring severe budget cuts made by the state legislature. Arizona Hospital and Health Care Association President John Rivers discusses the impact of the cuts.

February 17, 2009

  • Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • State Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams talk about the latest legislative priorities, including the state budget.

February 12, 2009

  • State of Education  |   Video
    • Arizona K-12 schools were hit hard by budget cuts. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne addresses the state of K-12 education.

February 4, 2009

  • Education  |   Video
    • Dr. Jim Zaharis, Vice President for Education for Greater Phoenix Leadership, a CEO business group whose mission is to improve economic vitality and the quality of life in our state, talks about investing in public education in light of recent state budget cuts.

February 2, 2009

  • state Budget Update  |   Video
    • state lawmakers approved a budget for fiscal year 2009 over the weekend. We talk with House Majority Leader John McComish about the cuts made and what might be in store for the 2010 budget.

January 29, 2009

  • Phoenix Budget Problems  |   Video
    • The city of Phoenix is making big cuts to its budget, but before doing so, officials are gathering public opinion. Hear from the public and a city official about the budget cuts.

January 27, 2009

  • Legislature A to Z: Education  |   Video
    • With a $1.6 billion budget shortfall this year and a deficit as high as $3 billion in 2010, state lawmakers are considering cutting K-12 and higher education by as much as $1.5 billion over the next 18 months. Education Committee Chairman, Rep. Rich Crandall and Rep. David Schapira, a former teacher, talk about how the budget may affect education.

January 26, 2009

  • Legislature A to Z: Budget  |   Video
    • Arizona's budget is $1.6 billion in the red, and that's just for this fiscal year. In the first of our four-part series on important issues before lawmakers, two state lawmakers debate over the best way to solve the budget deficit.

January 21, 2009

  • University Presidents  |   Video
    • Legislative leaders are recommending hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts for the state's three universities. Arizona State University President Michael Crow, University of Arizona President Robert Shelton and Northern Arizona University President John Haeger join Ted Simons to talk about the proposed funding cuts and what it would do to the future of the universities.

January 13, 2009

  • Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams talk about the tough task of balancing the state's budget and the bills before the legislature in the upcoming session.

January 6, 2009

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • Because of the state's budget deficit, the legislature could hit the education community with budget cuts. Hear from three education advocates about what they expect from the legislature during its upcoming session.

January 5, 2009

  • State Budget  |   Video
    • Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin says the state could be out of money by February. He will discuss the situation with HORIZON host Ted Simons.

November 26, 2008

  • Phoenix Budget  |   Video
    • Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon talks about the city's budget woes, a buy local plan and other city issues.

November 24, 2008

  • Maricopa County Budget
    • Maricopa County Manager David Smith addresses the county's need to cut $58 million from the current year budget.

September 15, 2008

  • Governor Napolitano  |   Video
    • Governor Janet Napolitano makes her regular visit to HORIZON. She talks about results of the recent primary election, her time at the Democratic National Convention and continuing budget problems for the state.

July 30, 2008

  • The Cost of School Utilities  |   Video
    • Facing the loss of $94 million they use to pay utility bills, some Arizona school districts were concerned that they would have to cut teachers and programs. But now, a provision in the new state budget provides financial relief. We take a look at how it helps.

July 23, 2008

  • Photo Radar  |   Video
    • Learn about the Arizona Department of Public Safety's plans to roll out its statewide photo radar system as part of the state budget approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor last month.

July 22, 2008

  • state of the Arts  |   Video
    • With the economic downturn, are arts organizations experiencing reduced attendance and patronage? As with all state agencies, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which sponsors artists and arts-related programs, took a budget reduction this legislative session. Bob Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, talks about the state of the arts in Arizona.

July 10, 2008

  • Cities and Counties  |   Video
    • Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of The League of Arizona Cities and Towns talks about the 2009 budget provision that requires cities and counties to give money to the state.

July 8, 2008

  • Loan officer licensing  |   Video
    • senator Jay Tibshraeny (R) Chandler joins Horizon to talk about a bill he sponsored to license loan officers. The bill was passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor Napolitano. Tibshraeny also talks about the state budget in relation to the economy.

July 7, 2008

  • Governor Napolitano  |   Video
    • The legislative session wrapped up with the Republican-controlled legislature approving the Democratic budget. Hear what Governor Janet Napolitano has to say about the budget and bills passed by the legislature this session in her monthly appearance on HORIZON.

June 30, 2008

  • state Budget  |   Video
    • Dr. Tony Sanders, ASU Professor of Finance and Real Estate for the W.P. Carey School of Business, will discuss the economic impact of the state budget.

June 26, 2008

June 25, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter, Jim Small, provides an update on the state budget from his office at near the State Capitol.

June 23, 2008

  • 2009 Budget  |   Video
    • House Speaker Jim Weiers talks about the GOP House budget unveiled today.

June 18, 2008

  • Governor Napolitano  |   Video
    • The state legislature hasnt formulated its budget for next year. Governor Janet Napolitano will talk about that and other pressing state issues in her monthly appearance on HORIZON.

June 12, 2008

  • state Budget  |   Video
    • state representatives Tom Boone and Phil Lopes talk about the state budget and the lack of progress on it.

May 28, 2008

  • senate President  |   Video
    • Tim Bee, Arizona State Senate President, joins Ted Simons to talk about legislative accomplishments and the challenges that remain, including efforts to balance the 2009 state budget.

May 20, 2008

  • Arizona's Ailing Economy  |   Video
    • From mortgages to car loans to credit cards, many people are deep in debt because of our ailing economy. In part two of our series we look at the "credit crunch". Dr. Tony Sanders, ASU Professor of Finance and Real Estate for the W.P. Carey School of Business, joins HORIZON to talk about debt and credit and how it relates to the current economy. Arizona Employment How are the state and national economy affecting Arizona's job market? Joining us to talk about employment issues in Arizona are Department of Commerce Deputy Director Kent Ennis, a former Joint Legislative Budget Committee Senior Economist who has headed up the research division at Commerce, and Dennis Doby, Senior Director of Research Administration.
  • Dream in Doubt  |   Video
    • Just days after the 9-11 terrorists attacks, an Arizona Sikh man became the first to die in a retaliatory attack by a Mesa man who thought he was attacking a terrorist. A national film examining that murder and the American dream will premier tonight on PBS stations, including Eight T.V. Learn more about the film from the filmmaker and one of the victim's brothers.

May 14, 2008

  • Governor Napolitano  |   Video
    • Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano makes her monthly appearance on the HORIZON set to discuss issues of importance to the state. This month, she'll talk about bills she's recently vetoed, and about budget negotiations.

April 22, 2008

  • Healthcare and the State Budget  |   Video
    • How will balancing the state budget affect agencies such as AHCCCS and payments to hospitals and healthcare programs? John Rivers, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, joins us to talk about the cost of providing healthcare in a lean economy.

April 21, 2008

  • One on One  |   Video
    • Andy Gordon of Coppersmith/Gordon/Schermer/Brockelman and Barrett Marson, House GOP Spokesman, debate the issues in the state Legislature, including the Budget and the Arpaio/Gordon kerfuffle.

April 16, 2008

  • Governor Janet Napolitano  |   Video
    • Facing a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, state lawmakers approved a property tax cut and sent the bill to the governor. Meanwhile, the governor and a coalition of business groups want to ask voters to approve a sales tax increase to pay for highway projects. Hear what Governor Janet Napolitano has to say about those issues and more in her monthly appearance on HORIZON.

March 27, 2008

  • state Budget  |   Video
    • state Treasurer Dean Martin says the state will be out of money soon unless lawmakers and the governor act to end the current year budget shortfall. Martin will talk about the issue.

March 19, 2008

  • Governor Napolitano  |   Video
    • The state budget shortfall continues and state lawmakers are in the midst of working on big issues such as immigration reform. Hear what Governor Janet Napolitano has to say about those issues and more in her monthly appearance on HORIZON.

February 28, 2008

  • AZ Legislature: A to Z  |   Video
    • The State Legislature takes on immigration issues, a budget shortfall and various other issues. Learn more in this HORIZON special on the 2008 Legislature.

February 20, 2008

  • Governor Napolitano  |   Video
    • Governor Janet Napolitano joins us for her monthly appearance to talk about issues at the Legislature, the budget and the presidential race.

January 31, 2008

  • Legislature A to Z: Other Bills  |   Video
    • We wrap our three-part series on the Arizona Legislature with a look at bills unrelated to the budget or immigration. Among them, a bill that would help consumers deal with cell phone companies and a bill that would allow guns in schools. Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services will bring us up to date.

January 30, 2008

  • Legislature A to Z: State Budget Deficit  |   Video
    • With a billion dollar budget shortfall in this years state budget and an even larger deficit projected for 2009, HORIZON examines the debate over financing new school construction and the other options on the table for dealing with the budget.

January 23, 2008

  • Governor Janet Napolitano  |   Video
    • Gov. Napolitano appears on HORIZON for her regular visit to discuss the state budget, the employer-sanctions law and her endorsement of presidential candidate Barack Obama

January 9, 2008

  • state Budget Hearings  |   Video
    • One week before the legislative session begins state lawmakers are working to close the gap of an estimated $1 billion budget shortfall.

December 18, 2007

  • Governor Napolitano  |   Video
    • Governor Janet Napolitano appears on HORIZON for her regular visit to discuss issues such as state benefits for domestic partners, the 3-in-1 I.D. and the increasing red ink in the state budget.

November 5, 2007

  • Legislative Leadership
    • state House Speaker Pro Tempore Bob Robson will talk about Republican plans to deal with the budget shortfall.

July 10, 2007

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Republican Leaders
    • Legislative leaders talk about their accomplishments and disappointments from the recently wrapped up session. Lawmakers passed a state budget and measures dealing with taxes, immigration, education and other issues. House Speaker Jim Weiers and Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor join us to wrap up the session.

June 18, 2007

  • Budget
    • An update on where the state budget process is with House Majority Leader Tom Boone.
  • One on One
    • Our regular Monday feature will focus on the budget and potential immigration reform. Barrett Marson, GOP spokesman for the State House of Representatives and John Loredo, a political consultant for Tequida and Gutierrez, are our guests.

June 12, 2007

  • County Island Fire Coverage
    • County island areas in the town of Gilbert have been at the center of controversy regarding the fire coverage. A bill that allows non-touching county islands to form fire districts was recently passed by the legislature and allowed by the Governor to go into law without her signature. The law would require the surrounding municipality to provide fire and emergency services for a fee if the district doesn't have a private provider or a service agreement.

June 6, 2007

  • Governor Napolitano
    • As the legislative session nears its end, Governor Janet Napolitano will talk about the important issues resolved during the session and those still pending, such as the state budget.

May 23, 2007

  • state Budget
    • The House Majority Leader provides an update of the newly-passed House version of the State budget.

May 17, 2007

  • Immigration Bill
    • A group of senators has reached agreement with the Bush Administration on an immigration bill that would give legal status to those already here after toughening enforcement on the border. Arizona Republic Columnist Bob Robb will give us an update.
  • senate Budget
    • The Senate has passed a bi-partisan $10.6 Billion state budget. Senate President Tim Bee will tell us about the spending plan.

May 8, 2007

  • Mesa Budget
    • Dial-A-Ride and Saturday transit services are in jeopardy of being cut by the City of Mesa because of its budget jam. We look at what the city is considering.

May 3, 2007

  • Budget Battle
    • The Arizona House and Senate have both released state budgets. They are working to settle some differences. Tribune reporter Dennis Welch will join us to talk about the legislative budget proposals.

April 25, 2007

  • Legislative Update
    • Arizona Republic reporter, Mary Jo Pitzl provides an update on the State Budget, and other news from the State Capitol.

March 1, 2007

  • Republican Legislative Leadership
    • House Speaker Jim Weiers and Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor will talk about the progress of bills and the budget in the current legislative session.

June 14, 2006

  • Teacher Pay Raise
    • Will the legislature and the governor come to an agreement before the July 1 budget deadline? HORIZON talks to legislators about the new budget proposals for teacher salaries and retirement.

May 31, 2006

  • Napolitano on the issues
    • Governor Janet Napolitano joins Michael Grant to talk about the GOP's $ 9.9 billion budget proposal and immigration reform bill, the president's immigration proposal for the four border states, tax cut plans, and her re-election campaign investigation.

March 28, 2006

  • Legislative Leadership
    • The state legislature is working on issues such as immigration, the state budget and English Language Learning at the State Capitol. Senate President Ken Bennett and House Speaker Jim Weiers join us in the studio for an update on those issues and others.

January 23, 2006

  • Legislature 2006: Budget
    • Join HORIZON this week for a four-part look at the issues that promise to take center stage during this year's legislative session. Tonight, we examine the budget with the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Republican Senator Bob Burns and fellow Committee member Democratic Senator Robert Cannell.

January 16, 2006

  • Mesa Troubles
    • Although downtown Mesa is reflecting the optimism inherent in the city, a looming budget shortfall of 37 million dollars this year means in a May election voters will consider the first property tax since 1945. Mesa Vice Mayor Claudia Walters discusses the issues.

May 5, 2005

  • First Thursday: The Governor on HORIZON
    • Budget negotiations between the Governor and state lawmakers have finally borne some fruit. The two sides came to an agreement after a veto of the first budget and Governor Napolitano now holds the record for the most number of vetoes by a Governor. And the Governor met today with the nation's homeland security director who was visiting the border in Arizona, all issues we'll discuss with the Governor.

April 28, 2005

  • Budget talks
    • state lawmakers continue to work on a budget. An update from the Senate president.

April 27, 2005

  • state budget
    • state lawmakers present a budget that contains what the Governor wants, funding for full day kindergarten. The problem is it also contains items the Governor doesn't want.

April 20, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card: Universities
    • Continuing our education series, ASU, the City of Phoenix, working together on a 15,000 student campus for ASU in downtown Phoenix. That agreement that will make it possible is announced today. And another approach to preparing for future university growth, the Board of Regents project to redesign the university system.

April 8, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • some state lawmakers making the trek to Southern Arizona border to check up on the minuteman project. It appears progress is being made between Governor Janet Napolitano and Republican legislative leaders on a new budget agreement, with some suggesting the two sides are getting close to a deal. And just a week after announcing a plan for a ballot initiative on classroom spending that proposal has run into trouble.

April 7, 2005

  • First Thursday: The Governor on HORIZON
    • Budget negotiations between the Governor and state lawmakers continue. Lots of action in bills that deal with education, including the conversion of a previous opponent of all day kindergarten? And the minuteman project continues its patrols. All issues Horizon discusses with the Governor.

April 6, 2005

  • Legislative update
    • An update from a Capitol reporter about the State legislature, where lawmakers continue to look for a compromise on the State's budget.

March 29, 2005

  • Illegal Immigrant Benefits
    • Adult education classes, college scholarships and child care subsidies would all be denied to illegal aliens, under a bill working its way through the legislature.
  • Juvenile Corrections Update
    • Federal investigators found several glaring problems at the juvenile corrections last year. A new report looks at what's being done to improve conditions.
  • state Archive Building
    • The condition of the state archive building led lawmakers to approve funding for a new one. "Horizon" looks at the need for a new facility and why it's been difficult to get one built.

March 25, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • The Clean Elections Commission voted unanimously Thursday to remove state representative David Burnell Smith from office for violating campaign spending limits. It took Governor Janet Napolitano a matter of minutes to veto the budget proposal approved by State lawmakers last week. And the State senate did a flip-flop this week on the future of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

March 24, 2005

  • Budget Showdown
    • The Clean Elections Commission orders a lawmaker to quit for breaking the law on campaign spending. It's back to the drawing board as the governor vetoes most of the state budget handed to her by Republican lawmakers.

March 18, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • The House and Senate have agreed on a new $8.2 billion budget. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that Attorney General Terry Goddard was correct in his legal opinion regarding the scope of Prop 200 and the State Senate this week approved the use of school vouchers, but it's likely Governor Napolitano will veto the proposal.

March 11, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • Arizona congressman J.D. Hayworth announced this week he will not seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2006. Meantime Governor Janet Napolitano said she won't support some of the cuts contained in the Republicans' budget this week. And the Arizona house approved several bills to deal with immigration issues.

January 10, 2005

  • Governor Napolitano's 2005 State of the State Address
    • The first regular session of the 47th legislature commencing today with Governor Janet Napolitano's third state of the state address. The governor's theme this year, "moving Arizona forward," allowed her to touch upon the issues promising to be high on the legislative agenda such as full-day kindergarten, the AIMS test, water and land policy and, of course, the state's budget. Governor also talking extensively about homeland security saying previous governors didn't have to talk about that issue in state of the state addresses but the times have changed. Reactions and analysis in this special hour-long "Horizon."

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