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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 29, 2014

  • 2014 Election Preview  |   Video
    • Statewide, legislative and congressional races will take place in this year’s election cycle. One day after the filing deadline for signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, political consultants Stan Barnes and Bob Grossfeld will discuss the upcoming primary and general elections.
  • Special Legislative Session  |   Video
    • A special legislative session to revise Arizona’s system for protecting abused and neglected children was wrapped up. Jim Small, an editor with the Arizona Capitol Times, gives us an update.

May 28, 2014

  • Special Legislative Session  |   Video
    • Get an update on the special legislative session on day two of three scheduled days with Capitol Media Services reporter Howard Fischer.

May 27, 2014

  • Special Legislative Session  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has called the legislature into special session to revamp Child Protective Services. Ben Giles of the Arizona Capitol Times will bring us up to date.
  • 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 12, 2014

  • Legislature/Business  |   Video
    • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Glenn Hamer will discuss how the business community fared in the recent legislative session.

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.
  • Sustainability: Legislative Environmental Report Card  |   Video
    • The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club has released an environmental report card on the state legislature. The Sierra Club also graded the governor. Sandy Bahr, chapter director of Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, will tell us about the report card.

April 30, 2014

  • Redistricting Ruling  |   Video
    • A U.S. District court has ruled that Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission does not have to redraw maps for legislative district maps. Jeremy Duda of the Arizona Capitol Times will discuss the ruling.

April 23, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Jim Small from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly political update.
  • 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 16, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Luige del Puerto from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly political update.

April 15, 2014

  • Democratic Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • The Legislature’s session is nearing its end. Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell will give us their take on the session.

April 10, 2014

April 9, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Ben Giles from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly political update.

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.

April 2, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Luige del Puerto from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly political 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 26, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Ben Giles from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly political update.

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 19, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Jim Small from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the state capitol in our weekly political update.

March 18, 2014

  • Minority Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell appear on Arizona Horizon monthly during the legislative session to give us their perspective on the latest from the State Capitol.

March 12, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Ben Giles, a reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly political update.

March 10, 2014

  • Republican Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Majority Leader John McComish and House Speaker Andy Tobin make their monthly appearance on Arizona Horizon to talk about current legislative issues.

March 5, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Luige del Puerto from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly political update.

February 26, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly legislative update.

February 19, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Jim Small from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly legislative update.

February 17, 2014

February 12, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Ben Giles from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly legislative update.

February 11, 2014

  • Republican Legislative Leaders   |   Video
    • Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin will make their monthly appearance on Arizona Horizon to talk about the latest issues from the State Capitol.

February 6, 2014

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Arizona Arts Congress  |   Video
    • The Arizona Arts Congress will be held Wednesday, February 5. Hundreds of arts advocates from around the state will converge on the Arizona State Capitol to learn about legislative issues and meet with elected officials to let them know about the impact arts have on our state. Rusty Foley, executive director, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, and Steve Martin, managing director of Childsplay, will discuss the Arts Congress.

February 5, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Luige del Puerto of the the Arizona Capitol Times will give the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly legislative update.

January 29, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Hank Stephenson from the Arizona Capitol Times will give the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly legislative update.

January 22, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Ben Giles from Arizona Capitol Times will give the latest news from the State Capitol in our weekly legislative update.

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.

January 16, 2014

  • Democratic Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • House Minority Leader Chad Campbell and Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar will discuss the Governor’s State-of-the-State speech and the Democrat’s agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

January 15, 2014

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Luige del Puerto of the Arizona Capitol Times will give the latest news from the state capitol in our first weekly legislative update of the session.

January 14, 2014

  • Republican Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Hear what Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin have to say about the priorities Governor Jan Brewer outlines in her State-of-the-State speech and the upcoming legislative session.

January 13, 2014

  • Governor’s State-of-the-State Speech  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer will be giving her State-of-the-State speech to kick off the legislative session. See the entire speech plus get expert analysis from political consultant Stan Barnes and ex-lawmaker David Schapira.

January 7, 2014

  • Business Leaders/Legislature  |   Video
    • Local business leaders will discuss what they would like the state legislature to do for the business community in the upcoming legislative session. Among the guests, Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Farrell Quinlan, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business in Arizona.

November 26, 2013

  • Uninvestigated CPS cases update  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Economic Security, which oversees Child Protective Services, has come out with a plan to investigate over 6,000 uninvestigated child abuse cases by January 31. DES Director Clarence Carter says nearly 3,000 of those cases have already been reviewed. Over 1,700 have been sent to case workers. Mary Jo Pitzl of the Arizona Republic has been covering the story, and will bring us up to date on the report.

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.

October 21, 2013

  • Campaign Contribution Limits  |   Video
    • The Arizona Court of Appeals recently put an injunction on higher campaign contribution limits approved by the legislature this year. The injunction comes as politicians are in the midst of fundraising for next year’s election. Sam Wercinski of the Arizona Advocacy Network and attorney Lee Miller will discuss the pros and cons of the higher limits.

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.

August 22, 2013

  • Income Tax Reform  |   Video
    • An Arizona legislative committee started meeting this week on ideas to reform the state’s income tax system. Representative J.D. Mesnard, the vice-chair of the committee, Economist Jim Rounds, who is a committee member, and House Minority leader Chad Campbell will talk about the committee’s goals.

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.

July 8, 2013

  • Legislative Environmental Issues  |   Video
    • The state legislature is not getting good marks for its work on the environment from one local organization. Sandy Bahr of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club will talk about legislation she says put at risk health and safety; public lands, wildlife habitat, and cultural resources.
  • Impact of Voting Rights Ruling  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court ruled against a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That provision required some states, including Arizona, to get pre-clearance from the federal government for changes in election laws. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission draws maps for congressional and legislative districts. Joe Kanefield, an attorney for the commission, will talk about the impact of the ruling on the commission.

July 2, 2013

  • Legislative City Issues  |   Video
    • The state legislature made big changes to the state’s sales tax system, changes that will affect cities. Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, will talk about the sales tax changes and other legislative issues that impacted cities.

June 19, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Reporters from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us a post mortem on the just completed Arizona legislative session

June 12, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Join Arizona Capitol Times reporter Luige del Puerto for a weekly update from the Arizona Legislature.

June 5, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Join us for another weekly update of legislative news with Arizona Capitol Times Reporter Jim Small.

May 29, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Get the latest news from the state legislature in our weekly update with Arizona Capitol Times reporter Luige del Puerto.

May 22, 2013

May 15, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • A reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the state legislature.

May 9, 2013

  • Bipartisan Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Republican and Democratic state lawmakers will talk about the issues facing lawmakers as they attempt to wind up their session. Senate Majority Leader John McComish; Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor, House Speaker Pro Tempore Javan "J.D.” Mesnard; and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell will discuss issues such as Medicaid expansion.

May 8, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • A reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times discusses the latest news from the state legislature.

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.

May 1, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • A reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the state legislature.

April 24, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Editor Jim Small from the Arizona Capitol Times will give us the latest news from the state legislature.

April 17, 2013

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.

April 10, 2013

April 9, 2013

  • ALEC  |   Video
    • ALEC IS the American Legislative Exchange Council, and critics say it allows corporations to direct and produce legislation for state legislatures. Tom Jenney of the group Americans for Prosperity, will talk about some of the pluses of ALEC.

April 8, 2013

  • Legislative Minority Leadership  |   Video
    • Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell will discuss the legislative session from the perspective of the Democratic Party, which is in the minority at the state house.

April 4, 2013

  • “United States of ALEC”  |   Video
    • There will be a free screening of the Bill Moyers production, “The United States of ALEC,” sponsored by AFSCME, the Arizona public employees union. ALEC IS the American Legislative Exchange Council, and critics say it allows corporations to direct and produce legislation for state legislatures. Common Cause President and CEO Bob Edgar will introduce the film and present a new report on all ALEC-backed legislation introduced in Arizona this year.

April 3, 2013

March 27, 2013

March 20, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • An Arizona Capitol Times reporter will join us for a weekly update on news from the state legislature.

March 13, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • An Arizona Capitol Times reporter will join us for a weekly update on news from the state legislature.

March 11, 2013

  • Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin make their monthly appearance on Horizon to give an update on the legislative session, now about halfway through a self-imposed 100-day deadline.

March 6, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Join us for our weekly update from the Capitol with a reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times.

February 27, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Join us for our weekly update from the Capitol with a reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times.

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.

February 19, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Join us for our weekly update from the Capitol with a reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times.

February 13, 2013

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • A reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times will discuss the latest news from the state capitol.

February 7, 2013

  • Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Join Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin as they discuss the latest from the state capitol.

February 6, 2013

January 30, 2013

January 23, 2013

January 16, 2013

January 14, 2013

  • Governor’s 2013 State of the State Address  |   Video
    • Arizona Horizon presents an hour-long special featuring Governor Jan Brewer’s 2013 State of the State Address followed by political analysis of the speech and the upcoming legislative session with former state legislators Stan Barnes, the founder and president of Copper State Consulting Group, and former state senator David Schapira.

January 7, 2013

  • Democratic Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Arizona State Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell talk about their priorities for the 2013 legislative session.

January 3, 2013

  • Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Arizona State Senate President Andy Biggs and Speaker of the House Andy Tobin provide a preview of the 2013 legislative session that starts January 14th, 2013.

January 2, 2013

  • Legislative Priorities  |   Video
    • LIVE AT 5:30 p.m. - The state legislature hears from many different types of advocates who express their desires for state funding and legislation. Hear from several of those advocates as they talk about what they would like to see from the upcoming legislative session. Joining us will be Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association, Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tara McCollum Plese, Senior Director for External Affairs of the Arizona Association of Community Health Centers and Amy Kobeta, Vice President of the Children's Action Alliance.

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.

May 14, 2012

  • States’ Rights Legislation  |   Video
    • State Senator Al Melvin of Tucson talks about states’ rights legislation introduced during the recent legislative session, including his own bill that’s awaiting the Governor’s signature.

May 10, 2012

May 9, 2012

May 8, 2012

May 7, 2012

  • Economic Growth: Legislative Wrap-up: Business & Economic Growth  |   Video
    • Arizona Horizon takes a look at what State lawmakers did during the legislative session to help or hinder business and economic growth in Arizona. Guests include Greater Phoenix Economic Council President and CEO Barry Broome, ASU Economist Dennis Hoffman, and Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

May 3, 2012

May 2, 2012

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • An Arizona Capitol Times reporter provides a mid-week update on news from the Arizona state legislature.
  • 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 25, 2012

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

April 18, 2012

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

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.

April 11, 2012

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

April 4, 2012

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 28, 2012

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

March 27, 2012

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

March 26, 2012

  • Government Employees  |   Video
    • Government workers talk about how their jobs and the public services they provide would be impacted by legislative efforts to change the state’s personnel and public union laws.

March 21, 2012

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

March 20, 2012

  • Legislature vs. Local Governments  |   Video
    • Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig, who also serves as President of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny share their concerns about legislative actions that are impacting Arizona’s local governments.

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.

March 14, 2012

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

March 7, 2012

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

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 16, 2012

  • Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • State Senate President Steve Pierce and House Speaker Andy Tobin discuss the current legislative session.

February 15, 2012

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

February 8, 2012

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

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.

February 6, 2012

  • Alternate Redistricting Maps  |   Video
    • Not satisfied with the new political boundaries drawn by the Independent Redistricting Commission, House Speaker Andy Tobin has drawn his own congressional and legislative district maps that he wants voters to have an opportunity to approve. Speaker Tobin will speak about his alternative to the IRC maps.

February 1, 2012

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

January 31, 2012

January 25, 2012

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

January 18, 2012

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

January 17, 2012

January 11, 2012

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

January 9, 2012

  • Governor’s State of the State Address  |   Video
    • Arizona Horizon presents a hour-long special featuring Governor Jan Brewer’s 2012 State of the State Address, followed by political analysis of the speech and the upcoming legislative session by political consultants/former legislators Stan Barnes and John Loredo.

January 3, 2012

  • Business Leaders' Legislative Priorities  |   Video
    • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer, National Federation of Independent Business State Director Farrell Quinlan and Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Sanders discuss their organizational legislative priorities for 2012.

December 14, 2011

  • 2012 Legislative Priorities  |   Video
    • State lawmakers will be back in session early next year. Senate President Steve Pierce, Senate Minority Leader David Schapira and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell will talk about legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

December 1, 2011

  • American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)  |   Video
    • Representative Debbie Lesko, Majority Whip of the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona State Chairman for ALEC discusses the nonprofit organization that has had an influential role in shaping public policy in Arizona.

November 30, 2011

  • Arizona Counties: Financial Challenges  |   Video
    • Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney, who also serves as President of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona, and Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek discuss the financial challenges facing Arizona’s 15 counties and their legislative priorities for 2012.

November 11, 2011

November 10, 2011

  • Legislative Arts Appropriations  |   Video
    • State funding for the arts has gone from little to nothing in recent years according to a policy briefing from ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Hear from the author of the report Rhonda Phillips, Associate Dean of ASU’s Barrett Honors College Downtown Campus

November 1, 2011

  • State Senate Recall Election: The Candidates, Jerry Lewis  |   Video
    • Arizona’s first-ever recall election for a state legislator takes place Tuesday, November 8th. Senate President Russell Pearce talks about why he should keep his office, and challenger Jerry Lewis explains why he thinks the voters of Mesa’s Legislative District 18 should select him as their new state senator.
  • State Senate Recall Election: The Candidates, Russell Pearce  |   Video
    • Arizona’s first-ever recall election for a state legislator takes place Tuesday, November 8th. Senate President Russell Pearce talks about why he should keep his office, and challenger Jerry Lewis explains why he thinks the voters of Mesa’s Legislative District 18 should select him as their new state senator.

October 31, 2011

  • Redistricting Politics  |   Video
    • Voters created the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to try to take politics out of the process of redrawing Arizona’s congressional and legislative district boundaries every ten years, but the latest round of redistricting is as political as ever. Hear what State Representatives Chad Campbell, leader of the House Democrats and John Kavanagh, a Republican from Fountain Hills, have to say about the redistricting process.

October 6, 2011

  • Olivia Cortes’ Withdrawal from LD18 Recall Election   |   Video
    • Ballots for the election to recall Senator Russell Pearce are already printed, and they include the name of candidate Olivia Cortes who has withdrawn from the race. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell explains how the election will be conducted, and votes counted, now that Cortes is no longer a candidate in the legislative district 18 recall election.

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 29, 2011

  • Redistricting Politics  |   Video
    • Arizona established an Independent Redistricting Commission to try to take politics out of the process of redrawing Arizona’s legislative and congressional boundaries. Political consultants Stan Barnes of Copper State Consulting Group and Barry Dill of First Strategic Communications and Public Affairs talk about the reality of removing politics from the redistricting process.

August 24, 2011

  • Arizona Redistricting  |   Video
    • The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is in the process of redrawing legislative district maps. The process is supposed to circumvent politics, but it has not done that. Arizona State University political science professor Jennifer Steen will talk about the process.

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 27, 2011

  • Consolidating Arizona School Districts  |   Video
    • A special legislative committee has started looking at possible ways to consolidate Arizona school districts. Hear from members of that committee, Senator Rich Crandall and Superintendent of the Tolleson Union High School District Margo Seck.

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.

June 22, 2011

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 25, 2011

  • State Pension Changes  |   Video
    • During the recent legislative session, lawmakers made several changes to Arizona’s state employee pension systems. Labor groups have threatened to sue saying some of those changes are unconstitutional. Employment attorney John Balitis shares his legal analysis of whether or not the changes pass constitutional muster.

May 5, 2011

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 27, 2011

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 21, 2011

April 20, 2011

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 13, 2011

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 6, 2011

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 30, 2011

March 23, 2011

March 21, 2011

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

March 2, 2011

March 1, 2011

  • Legislative Immunity  |   Video
    • Attorney Dan Barr explains how far Arizona's legislative immunity law really goes in shielding legislators from arrest.

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.
  • Redistricting  |   Video
    • Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission is getting set to redraw the state’s legislative and congressional districts. Learn about the process and the rules it must follow from Tony Sissons of Research Advisory Services, a local firm that specializes in redistricting.

February 23, 2011

February 16, 2011

February 10, 2011

  • African American Legislative Days  |   Video
    • State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor discusses the African American Legislative Days event which is focusing on education, economic development and the justice system.

February 9, 2011

February 2, 2011

February 1, 2011

  • Birthright Citizenship Bills   |   Video
    • State Senators Ron Gould (R-Lake Havasu) and David Schapira (D-Tempe) discuss legislative efforts to recognize Arizona residents as citizens of the state only if they were born in the United States to at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

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 26, 2011

January 20, 2011

  • Democratic Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Senate Minority Leader David Schapira and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell discuss issues facing the 50th Arizona State Legislature.
  • 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

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • A mid-week legislative update with Arizona Capitol Times reporter Luige del Puerto.
  • 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 17, 2011

  • MLK Holiday Special  |   Video
    • A special program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others who have fought, and continue to fight, for human rights. Guests include ASU Professor of History Dr. Matthew Whitaker and Alfredo Gutierrez, a political activist and former legislative leader.

January 13, 2011

  • Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • State Senate President Russell Pearce and Speaker of the House Kirk Adams discuss their priorities for the new legislative session.

January 12, 2011

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 5, 2011

  • Legislative Reforms  |   Video
    • As the Arizona State Legislature prepares to convene, we'll take a look at some of the legislative reforms recommended by participants in the most recent Arizona Town Hall.

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.

December 7, 2010

  • Medicaid Cuts  |   Video
    • Democratic state lawmakers held a press conference to urge Republican legislative leaders to restore cuts made to Arizona's Medicaid program. Representative David Schapira talks about the issue.

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.

June 28, 2010

  • State Capitol Renewal  |   Video
    • Today it functions mainly as a museum, but an effort is underway to put the original Arizona State Capitol building back into legislative service. Former Phoenix Mayor and Chairman of the Arizona Capitol Centennial Committe John Driggs and Phoenix Architect Don Ryden discuss the planning process that was recently approved by Legislative Council.

June 24, 2010

  • Ballot Measure Descriptions  |   Video
    • This week, state lawmakers adopt the official Legislative Council descriptions of ballot measures that will appear in November’s general election publicity pamphlet. Longtime state lawmaker Pete Rios explains the process and politics involved in coming up with impartial analyses of the ballot measures.

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 29, 2010

April 28, 2010

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small has the latest from the state capitol.
  • Rep. Jack Brown Retirement  |   Video
    • After 36 years in the legislature, Representative Jack Brown of St. Johns is retiring. We’ll talk with the Arizona Democrat about his decision to retire and his long legislative career.

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 26, 2010

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.

April 14, 2010

April 7, 2010

April 1, 2010

  • Democratic Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • House Minority Leader David Lujan and Senate Assistant Minority Leader Rebecca Rios discuss the priorities of their caucuses for the remainder of the legislative session.

March 31, 2010

March 24, 2010

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 3, 2010

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

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • A mid-week legislative update with a reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times.
  • 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 17, 2010

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 11, 2010

February 10, 2010

February 3, 2010

  • Legislative Update
    • An Arizona Capitol Times reporter provides a mid-week legislative update.

February 2, 2010

  • 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.

February 1, 2010

  • Legislative Agenda for Business  |   Video
    • Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Tom Franz, President and CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership, outline their organizations’ priorities for the current session of the State Legislature.

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 20, 2010

January 19, 2010

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

January 13, 2010

  • Democratic Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Rebecca Rios, Assistant Leader of the Senate Democrats, and House Democratic Leader David Lujan discuss their goals 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 27, 2009

  • State Government Technology  |   Video
    • Vice Chair of the Ad Hoc Legislative Committee on Government Information Technology talks about the work the committee will be doing to improve service and communications at state agencies.

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 21, 2009

  • Tuition Tax Credits  |   Video
    • A legislative panel is searching for ways to stop reported abuses in Arizona’s tuition tax credit law. Meanwhile, there are those who say the law cannot be fixed because it’s unconstitutional. Hear what Institute for Justice attorney Tim Keller and AEA President John Wright have to say about the issue.

September 2, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small brings us up to date on the latest from the state capitol.

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.
  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Senator John Huppenthal (R-Chandler) and Representative David Lujan (D-Phoenix)talk about Governor Jan Brewer’s request to send a temporary tax increase to the ballot.

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 17, 2009

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

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Jim Small from the Arizona Capitol Times delivers the latest news from the state capitol.
  • 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 27, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small has the latest legislative news from the state capitol.

May 20, 2009

May 13, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Jim Small from the Arizona Capitol Times reports on the latest from the state capitol.
  • 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.

May 6, 2009

April 29, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small has the latest legislative news from the state capitol.

April 22, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small brings viewers up to date on the latest from the state capitol.
  • 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 8, 2009

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.

April 1, 2009

March 26, 2009

March 25, 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.

March 18, 2009

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 25, 2009

February 18, 2009

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 11, 2009

February 4, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small reports on the latest from the state legislature.
  • 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 28, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small updates us on the latest from the state legislature
  • Legislature A to Z: Initiative and Referendum Reform  |   Video
    • Arizona's constitution gives legislative power to the people through the process of initiative and referendum. Find out why the Arizona Supreme Court, former Governor Janet Napolitano and Governor Jan Brewer (when she was secretary of state) have recently suggested a reformation of the initiative process.

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

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small reports on the latest from the state legislature.
  • 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 14, 2009

  • Democratic Legislative Leaders
    • state Senate Minority Leader Jorge Luis Garcia and House Minority Leader David Lujan discuss the new legislative session and the challenges they face in these rough economic times.

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.

November 17, 2008

  • New Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • The Arizona House and Senate have selected new leaders. Hear what Senate President-elect Bob Burns and House Speaker-elect Kirk Adams have to say about the issues theyll face next session.

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.

August 11, 2008

  • Legislature  |   Video
    • We review and examine some of the issues that have arisen since the end of the legislative session. Barrett Marson, House GOP spokesman and John Loredo, a political consultant from Tequida and Gutierrez are our guests.

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 28, 2008

  • Ethics Committee  |   Video
    • The Arizona State Ethics Committee meets today to determine if they will investigate the ethics complaint filed against Sen. Jack Harper of Surprise. Sen. Ken Cheuvront of Phoenix filed the complaint, alleging Harper, acting as Chairman, cut off a debate concerning same-sex marriage on the final night of the legislative session. The committee's chairman, Sen. Jay Tibshraeny, discusses the committee's decision.

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 9, 2008

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.

July 2, 2008

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 17, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small joins us with the latest legislative news and highlights from the Arizona State Capitol.

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.

June 11, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small joins us to discuss the latest legislative news from the Arizona State Capitol.

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 21, 2008

  • Legislative Update
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small updates us on the latest legislative news.

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.

May 13, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • We'll have news from the state capitol and a look at politics around Arizona in HORIZONs weekly legislative update.

May 7, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • A reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times brings us up to speed on the latest news from the Arizona State Capitol.

April 30, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • A mid-week legislative update with Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small.
  • Protecting Arizona's Children Part 3  |   Video
    • State Representatives Jonathan Paton and David Bradley talk about legislative efforts to make Child Protective Services more accountable, in part by providing public access to CPS records about cases that result in a child fatality or near fatality.

April 23, 2008

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 17, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Join Arizona Republic columnist Bob Robb as he brings us up to date on the latest developments from the state capitol.

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.

April 9, 2008

April 2, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • An Arizona Capitol Times reporter joins us to talk about the latest news and highlights from the State Legislature.

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 26, 2008

March 20, 2008

  • Legislative Update
    • A reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times will bring us up to date on the latest from the state Legislature.

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 27, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • A reporter with the Arizona Capitol Times gives us an update on the latest news and legislation from the State 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.

February 19, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • We hear from Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small about some of the key issues state lawmakers are working on this week.

February 18, 2008

  • Freeway Cameras  |   Video
    • Republican State Senator Robert Blendu, member of the Senate Transportation Committee, will discuss the legislative options hes sponsoring that would preclude using photo enforcement on state highways. State Rep. Steve Farley, a proponent of the program, also joins us.

February 13, 2008

February 12, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times joins us to talk about the big issues at the state legislature.

February 4, 2008

  • One on One  |   Video
    • Our non-moderated forum featuring political experts with opposing viewpoints discussing state legislative issues returns tonight with House Republican Spokesman Barrett Marson and former House Democratic Minority Leader John Loredo, who is now a political consultant with Tequida and Gutierrez.

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 29, 2008

  • Legislature A to Z: Immigration  |   Video
    • The first part of our annual look at key legislative issues examines immigration. Why do many Democratic and Republican policy makers say the federal government has not done enough to curb illegal immigration in Arizona? What bills are being introduced that address the problem?

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 16, 2008

  • Legislative Priorities Democrats  |   Video
    • Leaders from the Arizona House and Senates Democratic caucuses react to the Governors State of the State Address and outline their legislative priorities.

January 15, 2008

  • GOP State Legislature  |   Video
    • Republican leadership of the Arizona legislature join us with their responses to Governor Napolitano's State of the State address. House speaker Jim Weiers and Senate majority leader Sen. Thayer Verschoor talk about their agenda for this legislative session.

January 10, 2008

  • Immigration Bills  |   Video
    • state Representative Russell Pearce will introduce several more immigration bills this legislative session, including one aimed as so-called "anchor babies." Pearce will give us a preview of the bills.
  • Business Legislative Agenda  |   Video
    • The state's business community would like to see tax breaks and revisions of the state employer's sanctions law this upcoming legislative session. Glen Hamer of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce will discuss the business community's legislative agenda.

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.

October 10, 2007

  • Horizon Special: The Cost of Teaching English
    • Learn about Arizonas legal and financial struggles to educate an English language learner (ELL) student. Is there a legislative solution? Discover the cost of ELL programs, and find out about models being developed to help lower costs.

September 19, 2007

  • New Arizona Laws
    • Hundreds of new state laws became effective today, ninety days after the end of the legislative session. Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Service tells us what some of those laws will do.

August 29, 2007

  • The Cost of Teaching English Part 3
    • English Language Learners (Legislative Action) Find out what state lawmakers have done to provide English Learners with the educational resources they need to succeed in school.

July 11, 2007

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.

July 5, 2007

  • Governor Napolitano
    • Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano joins us for her monthly visit. The Governor will review the recently completed Legislative session.

June 27, 2007

  • Legislative Wrap-Up
    • Political analysts help us break down the legislative session. Guests: Stan Barnes, Copper State Consulting Group Alfred Gutierrez, Tequida & Gutierrez

June 20, 2007

  • English Learners program
    • The English Learners Program once again became an issue, with a U.S. Court ruling that the State Government needs to come up with a comprehensive plan by the end of the legislative session. Tim Hogan, Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest was on hand to discuss this ruling and its impacts.

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 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 29, 2007

  • Environmental Legislative Update
    • Arizona state lawmakers recently passed two bills dealing with water, one deals with water adequacy and one that sets up a fund for infrastructure. Meantime it looks like Senate Bill 1552 the Air Quality Program--- will go to conference committee for additional amendments next week. The Sierra Club is asking legislators to make it as strong as possible. Joining Horizon is Sandy Bahr, Conservation Outreach Director for the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter.

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

  • 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.

April 10, 2007

  • Arizona Veteran Home
    • state lawmakers have formed a joint select committee to investigate operations and conditions at the nursing home for veterans in Phoenix. Committee members Rep. John Nelson and Rep.Ben Miranda discuss the legislative hearings.

April 4, 2007

  • Arizona Veteran Home
    • state lawmakers begin investigating reports of patient neglect at the Arizona Veteran Home, a state-run nursing home for veterans. A local journalist talks about what went on during the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee to Investigate Operations and Conditions as the Arizona Veterans Home.
  • school Choice Debate
    • ASU law professor Paul Bender and the president of The Alliance For School Choice, Clint Bolick, debate the school choice issue. An excerpt will play on HORIZON, and the full debate can be seen on the HORIZON Web site.
  • Retirement Planning
    • AARP Financial Inc. recently conducted research on the investing habits of Phoenix-area residents who are age 50 and older. The survey found that many are not on track to achieve a secure retirement, feel overwhelmed by mutual fund choices and believe investing is too complex. We talk with Mac Hisey, Chief Investment Officer of AARP Financial about some ways to make retirement planning an simpler, more comfortable experience.
  • school Choice Debate - Full one hour debate
    • ASU law professor Paul Bender and the president of The Alliance For School Choice, Clint Bolick, debate the school choice issue.

March 20, 2007

  • Environmental Day
    • Tuesday is Environmental Day at the Arizona Legislature. Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club will discuss legislative action regarding the environment.

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.

January 31, 2007

  • Legislative Update
    • Arizona Republic Capitol reporter Matthew Benson joins us to go over the stories making news at the Legislature this week.

January 15, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z Dynamics
    • We begin a four-part series examining the 48th Legislative Session as it begins. Tonight, a look at the potential dynamics between political parties and the Legislative and Executive branches. Political Analysts Bob Grossfeld of The Media Guys and Stan Barnes of Copperstate Consulting are guests.

January 10, 2007

  • Democratic Leadership
    • Democrats won several seats in the state legislature, possibly giving them more of a voice. Hear from House Minority Leader Phil Lopes and Senate Minority Leader Marsha Arzberger for the Democratic perspective on the 2007 legislative session.

September 20, 2006

  • Proposition 302 - Legislator Salaries
    • The Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers recommends that legislative salaries be raised from the current salary of $24,000 per year to $36,000 per year. If approved by voters it will become effective at the beginning of the next regular legislative session without any other authorizing legislation.

August 28, 2006

  • school Redistricting
    • During the 2005 legislative session, a bill established a 13-person School District Redistricting Commission. The commission meets on Monday to continue its work on crafting K-12 unification redistricting plans that will be placed on the November 2008 ballot. Commission Chair Marty Schultz and Commission member Rita Leyva of the Yavapai County Education Service Agency join the studio discussion.

July 6, 2006

  • Governor Janet Napolitano
    • A near record-long legislative session with a record number of vetoes ended last week. The governor joins us to talk about the session as well as the states battle with wildfires.

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.

April 6, 2006

  • First Thursday: The Governor on HORIZON
    • Governor Janet Napolitano makes her monthly stop in the HORIZON studio to talk about issues affecting the state, including immigration bills and other measures making their way through the legislative process.

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.

February 27, 2006

  • Legislative Leadership
    • The fines related to the English Language Learner issue are now at $1 million per day and continue to grow. Senate President Ken Bennett and Representative Tom Boone will talk about the English Learner issue, as well as other issues before the legislature.

January 25, 2006

January 24, 2006

  • Legislature 2006: Education
    • Education issues will be at the forefront during the 2006 legislative session. Full-day kindergarten, English language learners and salary increases and professional development programs for teachers will be among hotly debated topics. Senator Toni Hellon, Chair of the Senate K-12 Education Committee and Rep. Mark Anderson, Chair of the House K-12 Education Committee join the discussion.

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 18, 2006

  • Governor Napolitano
    • The 2006 legislative session has already gotten off to a contentious start, with lawmakers quickly passing bills the governor vetoed last year. Hear what Governor Janet Napolitano has to say about those bills and other important issues of the session, including immigration, all-day kindergarten and funding for English language learners.

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.

December 15, 2005

  • Legislature 2006
    • Get a preview of likely issues in the upcoming legislative session with House Speaker Jim Weiers and Minority Leader Phil Lopes.

October 20, 2005

  • state Worker Pay
    • Arizona state employee pay ranks near the bottom when compared to other states, and even to other governments locally. A legislative panel is working to bring state workers pay more in line with other similar public and private sector jobs. State Senator Jay Tibshraeny, co-chair of a legislative panel addressing the problem, will talk about what's being proposed.

October 19, 2005

  • Redistricting ruling
    • Arizona's congressional district map has been upheld by a state appellate court, but the same court ordered a trial judge to reconsider whether Arizona's legislative district map is constitutional. Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services will explain the ruling and what's next for the maps.

September 13, 2005

  • Anti-Gouging Legislation
    • AAA reported the average gas price in Arizona was $3.13 a gallon, eight cents higher than California's average of $3.05. Learn about anti-gouging legislation that has been attempted here in Arizona, why it failed and what is on the radar for next year's legislative session.

June 27, 2005

  • Eminent Domain
    • The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that local governments can seize homes and turn them over to private developers. We'll discuss the ramifications of the decision with Kevin Adam, the Legislative Director of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns and Tim Keller of the Institute For Justice.
  • Arizona Stories: Taliesin West
    • The visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright made Scottsdale his winter home and created a working and living environment, literally, with the labor of apprentices. The beautiful Taliesin West is a manifestation of Wright's vision. Beverly Hart of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will talk about the foundation's recent difficulties and decisions.

May 13, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • senator John McCain, along with Congressman Jeff Flake and Jim Kolbe, introduced a new proposal to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Valley Hispanics to flex some muscle on Tuesday by staging a boycott and protest against bills before the Arizona Legislature, and after 123 days, state lawmakers ended the current legislative session early this morning.

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.

May 3, 2005

  • Legislative politics
    • The U.S. Senate may soon end the use of filibusters to block or delay Republican judicial nominations. We'll learn more about a tactic in use for some 218 years. Plus, lawmakers force a showdown with Governor Napolitano over vouchers and immigration issues. We'll take a closer look at the legislative session and why some call it one of the most contentious in recent memory.

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.
  • Domestic Violence
    • Thousands walk the walk on Saturday to end domestic violence, and another step in the right direction, a new bill dealing with spousal rape is signed by the Governor this week.

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.
  • Minutemen Project
    • The Minutemen Project is a controversial endeavor of private citizens watching the border for illegal aliens
  • Last minute tax tips
    • With less than two weeks to file taxes, "Horizon" has some last-minute tips to help you get that done.

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.

February 16, 2005

  • Legislative Update
    • Human cloning and guns in bars - they are all the subject of some legislation in the works at the State Capitol. Horizon has an update.
  • Black Film Showcase
    • In honor of Black History Month, Horizon profiles an award-winning black filmmaker and discusses a local African-American event.
  • Arizona Stories: La Casa Vieja
    • An Arizona story about a historic adobe Hacienda at the edge of the Salt River. La Casa Vieja was a ferry house, residence, and business, and is now a well-known landmark.

February 1, 2005

  • Supreme Court Justices
    • A number of bills introduced this legislative session aimed at taking power away from the judiciary. The chief justice and vice-chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court talk about the battle between the two branches of government.

January 27, 2005

  • AZ Legislature: A to Z "Your Legislature"
    • Horizon wraps up a four-part series on the legislature with a look at how you can access the legislature.
  • Iraqi Election
    • In Australia, Iraqi expatriates have already started voting in their country's elections. Iraqis in the rest of the world join them tomorrow. Horizon talks to a Valley Iraqi heading soon to Los Angeles to vote.

January 24, 2005

  • AZ Legislature: A to Z "Legislative Leaders"
    • Throughout this week we'll be examining the effect of term limits on the legislature, the influence of lobbyists and show how a private citizen can get a bill passed. Tonight we start the series with a look at the new leadership of both houses and how the dynamics are expected to play out between the House, the Senate and the Governor's office.

January 12, 2005

  • Democratic Legislative Leaders
    • Democratic leaders from the state house and Senate talk about the governor's state of the state address as well as their agenda for the 2005 legislative session.

January 11, 2005

  • Republican Legislative leaders
    • Governor Janet Napolitano is setting the stage for the legislative session by stressing issues normally championed by the GOP. How did the state of the state address go over with Republican legislative lead centers? We'll talk to the Senate president and house speaker about the speech and their own agenda for the legislative session.

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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