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April 2, 2014

  • Campaign Contribution Ruling  |   Video
    • The U.S. Supreme Court lifted limits on the total amount of money people can give during one election cycle to political candidates. The court left intact the $5,200 limit that can be given to a particular candidate during a two-year election cycle. Dan Barr, a partner in the law firm Perkins Coie, will discuss the ruling.
  • Charles Keating  |   Video
    • Charles Keating was a man who exemplified how money could influence politics. Keating has died in Phoenix at age 90. His association and political contributions to the so-called “Keating Five,” a group of lawmakers that included then Arizona Congressmen John McCain and Dennis DeConcini, helped him get favorable treatment from regulators. Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loans collapsed, leaving many with worthless investments and costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Michael Manning was the lead counsel for the FDIC in prosecuting Keating, and will look back on his role.

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.

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.

December 18, 2013

  • Aging Initiatives Grants  |   Video
    • Valley communities will be better able to fight social isolation and strengthen the connections that older adults have, thanks to two new grants awarded to the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network. The funding will help three pilot communities launch new programs to help older adults live independently. Amy St. Peter, the Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services manager, will talk about how the money will be used.

December 4, 2013

  • Around Arizona: USDA Rural Development Funding  |   Video
    • At the end of the last federal fiscal year, USDA Rural Development in Arizona reported a record $474 million in investment in housing funding for Arizona. That brought the five-year total to over $2 billion. Besides the housing funding, money was spent on tribes, towns, school districts, community centers, food banks, colleges, hospitals and small businesses. USDA Rural Development in Arizona State Director Alan Stephens will discuss how the funding has impacted the state.

December 2, 2013

  • School Funding Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Some charter school students and their families are asking that the Arizona Court of Appeals reverse a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling from last April that upheld the current funding system for K-12 schools. Those filing the suit say that system gives much more money per pupil to traditional public school students. The plantiff’s attorney, Korey Langhofer, and Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, will discuss the case and school funding for charter and traditional public schools.

November 14, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Update  |   Video
    • It’s been more than a month since the Affordable Care Act was launched. The web site used to sign up for health insurance under the plan has been plagued with problems. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers received the biggest amount of money granted by the federal government to Arizona “Navigators,” who are charged with helping people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Senior Director for External Affairs of the Alliance Tara McCollum Plese give us an update on her organization’s experiences in helping people sign up for insurance.
  • 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.

November 12, 2013

  • Heart Ball  |   Video
    • Heart disease and stroke are the number one and four killers in Arizona. Since 1959, the Heart Ball has been held to raise money for education, prevention, research and programs to help fight heart disease. Susan Doria, the chair of the Heart Ball, will discuss the event and the impact of the deadly disease.

October 23, 2013

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

September 30, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators  |   Video
    • Over $5 million in federal grants have been awarded to community organizations in Arizona to help people enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers has received over $2 million of that money. Tara McCollum Plese, Senior Director for External Affairs for the Alliance, will talk about her agency's role as a Marketplace Navigator.

July 9, 2013

  • 100 Club  |   Video
    • The 100 Club raises funds for the families of fallen first responders. Ciara Franklin of the 100 Club will talk about the organization and its efforts to raise money for the families of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

June 10, 2013

  • Education Savings Accounts  |   Video
    • The Arizona Court of Appeals denied a request to block Arizona’s education savings account program recently, a ruling expected to be appealed. The program allows families to use money that would have been spent in traditional public schools for private schools, homeschooling or education therapy. Clint Bolick, the lead attorney from the Goldwater Institute, and Don Peters, an attorney representing the Arizona Education Association, will discuss education savings accounts.

June 3, 2013

  • Sales Tax End/Education  |   Video
    • A one-cent state sales tax ended at the end of May. Most of the money from the tax went to education. Chuck Essigs, Director of Governmental Relations for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, will talk about the impact of the end of the sales tax on education.

March 19, 2013

  • Performance Based Education Funding  |   Video
    • A bill has been introduced that would give high performing or improving schools more money. Dale Frost, Governor Brewer’s Education Policy Advisor, and Dr. David Garcia, Associate Professor of Education at Arizona State University, discuss the pros and cons of the idea.

February 14, 2013

  • CPS Funding Increase  |   Video
    • Lawmakers voted to give Arizona’s Child Protective Services money to hire 50 new case workers. Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter, who oversees CPS, will discuss how the new money will be implemented.

January 29, 2013

  • Paying for Basic Needs  |   Video
    • Cynthia Zwick, Executive Director of the Arizona Community Action Association, talks about a new report showing that nearly 1 in every 3 working families in Arizona doesn’t earn enough money to pay for basic necessities.

December 13, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Street Gems of Arizona  |   Video
    • Valley artist Ann Morton talks about Street Gems of Arizona, a program sponsored by ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, that gives homeless people an opportunity to earn money while creating art with found objects and recycled materials.

December 10, 2012

  • Phoenix City Manager Pay Raise   |   Video
    • The Phoenix City Council recently voted to give City Manager David Cavazos a $78,000 pay increase. Arizona Republic Columnist Laurie Roberts explains why she thinks the 33% pay raise should be reconsidered.

September 25, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Prop 204 (Sales Tax Initiative)  |   Video
    • A measure to permanently extend a one-cent state sales tax is on the November ballot. The Quality Education and Jobs initiative would use that money to pay for education and road, rail, transit and other transportation projects. Ann-Eve Pedersen, Chairman of the Quality Education and Jobs initiative, will speak for the initiative. State Treasurer Doug Ducey will talk in opposition to the measure.

September 20, 2012

  • Phoenix Municipal Golf Courses  |   Video
    • The City of Phoenix’ municipal golf courses continue to lose money. During the 2011-12 fiscal year they operated at a deficit of $2.4 million. Hear from members of an ad hoc committee that has been appointed to search for solutions to the problem.

August 14, 2012

  • Major Investment in STEM Education  |   Video
    • The Helios Education Foundation is investing $4 million in the Arizona STEM Network. Led by Science Foundation Arizona, the Network is a statewide plan to improve student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math. Darcy Renfro of SFAz and Paul Luna of Helios explain how the money will be used.

May 21, 2012

  • Tribal Gaming  |   Video
    • The amount of money Arizona gets from tribal gaming is on the rise. Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming Mark Brnovich shares the latest numbers.

April 23, 2012

  • Japan Tsunami Relief & Photography   |   Video
    • Last spring, ASU photography major Airi Katsuta travelled to Japan to volunteer in the earthquake/tsunami recovery effort. Now, she’s selling 1,000 origami cranes to raise money for a return trip to continue her volunteer work. Katsuta talks about her experience in Japan, and she shares some of the photographs she captured during her stay.

April 9, 2012

  • Tuition Freeze at ASU  |   Video
    • For the first time in about 20 years, the Arizona Board of Regents voted to freeze undergraduate in-state tuition at ASU. Glen Nelson, the Board’s chief operating officer, explains the current tuition plans at ASU, UA and NAU.

February 28, 2012

  • Fast Pitch Philanthropy  |   Video
    • On March 6th Social Venture Partners is holding its "2nd Annual Fast Pitch Social Innovation Expo." It’s the culmination of a seven-week training and mentoring program for innovative nonprofits that are effecting social change. Finalists have three minutes to make a “pitch” that could earn their nonprofit $100,000 in funding. SVP Executive Director Terri Wogan talks about the program.

January 12, 2012

  • Storing Nuclear Waste to Fund Education  |   Video
    • State Senator Al Melvin, Tucson Republican and Chair of the House Commerce and Energy Commission, explains his plan to raise money for public education by storing nuclear waste in Arizona.

November 29, 2011

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • Arizona has received a $30 million federal grant to create a health insurance exchange to help individuals and small businesses find affordable health insurance. The Governor’s Director of Health Care Policy, Don Hughes, explains how the money will be used.

November 28, 2011

  • Governor’s Health Care Initiative  |   Video
    • 19-thousand kids would be enrolled in Kids Care and hospitals would get help covering costs of care for the uninsured if the federal government approves a plan to allow Phoenix Children's Hospital, Maricopa Integrated Health System, and the University of Arizona Health Network to use their own money to draw down federal matching funds. Betsey Bayless, President and CEO of MIHS, discusses the details of the proposal.

November 11, 2011

November 7, 2011

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.

July 6, 2011

  • Clean Elections Ruling Impact  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court ruled that the matching funds provision of Arizona’s Clean Elections public campaign financing system is unconstitutional. That means publicly-funded candidates will no longer get extra public money to match spending by privately-financed candidates. Political analysts Bob Grossfeld of the Media Guys and Stan Barnes of Copper State Consulting Group talk about the decision will change Arizona’s political landscape.

June 14, 2011

  • Arizona Centennial: Vulture Mine  |   Video
    • Discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg, the Vulture Mine was Arizona’s most productive gold mine. Now, a group is trying to raise money to renovate the mine’s historic buildings. Bernadine McCollum and Penny Pietre, of the Vulture Mine Preservation and Restoration Association, discuss the mine and efforts to save its crumbling infrastructure.

May 26, 2011

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Saving the Ice House  |   Video
    • The Ice House, a unique art space and gallery in Phoenix’ warehouse district, is on the verge of closing due to financial challenges, but a group of local artists is trying to rescue the place. We’ll show you what they’re doing to help.

April 4, 2011

  • Tuition Tax Credits  |   Video
    • The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging Arizona's tuition tax credit program. The high court ruled that the program involves private money going to private organizations. Opponents argued that the law involved government financing for religious activities. ASU law professor Paul Bender, who represented the challengers, discusses the ruling.

March 28, 2011

  • Clean Elections Case  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday in a challenge to Arizona’s Clean Elections law. The court will decide whether Clean Elections violates the First Amendment rights of privately-funded candidates because publicly-funded candidates get funds to match money spent by those candidates. Local attorney Dan Barr will discuss the case.

March 8, 2011

February 17, 2011

  • Gas Prices  |   Video
    • What's behind the recent increases in gas prices? We'll talk with AAA Arizona.

February 3, 2011

  • SB 1322  |   Video
    • State lawmakers help a press conference today on SB 1322. Supporters say the bill will save taxpayer money by requiring Arizona's largest cities to seek competitive bids for the delivery of certain city services. Senate Majority Leader Scott Bungaard and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio explain.

February 2, 2011

  • Foreign Investment   |   Video
    • Mexico is Arizona's #1 foreign trading partner but Canada trumps our neighbor in the south when it comes to foreign investment. Glenn Williamson, founder and CEO of the Canada Arizona Business Council, discusses the economic ties between Arizona and Canada.

November 1, 2010

  • U.S. Supreme Court: Arizona Tuition Tax Credits  |   Video
    • Wednesday, November 3rd, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn. Goldwater Institute attorney Clint Bolick and Chris Thomas, an attorney for the Arizona School Boards Association, explain the legal arguments in this case that challenges the constitutionality of an Arizona law that provides tax credits to taxpayers who donate money to school tuition organizations (STOs).

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 2, 2010

  • Mortgages Ltd. Properties  |   Video
    • The collapse of the real estate and financial markets sent Mortgages Ltd., a real estate investment firm, into bankruptcy. The company has emerged from Chapter 11 and is now selling off assets to try to recoup money for investors. We’ll hear from former Arizona Land Commissioner Mark Winkleman who has been hired to oversee that process. And we’ll go inside two premier properties: the Centerpoint Towers in downtown Tempe and the Chateaux on Central brownstones in central Phoenix, which were recently sold to a company that plans to put them on the market by the end of the year.

April 13, 2010

  • State Spending Limits/Voter Protection   |   Video
    • State lawmakers are working on a bill that would tie future state spending increases to population growth and inflation. They’re also considering sending measures to the ballot that would allow the state to spend money that’s currently off-limits and voter protected. Learn more about the legislation from Representative John Kavanagh, House Appropriations Chairman, and Representative David Schapira, Appropriations Committee member.
  • Real Estate   |   Video
    • Arizona Republic real estate reporter Catherine Reagor provides an update on Arizona’s real estate market, including plans for new federal money meant to help fight the foreclosure crisis.

April 7, 2010

  • First Things First  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have referred a measure to the 2010 general election ballot asking Arizona voters to repeal First Things First, an early childhood development and education program, funded by a tax on cigarettes, that was passed by voters in 2006. If approved, the measure would redirect tax money collected for First Things First to the state general fund. Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of First Things First, discusses the referendum.

March 2, 2010

  • Lilly Ledbetter - Fair Pay Advocate  |   Video
    • Her U.S. Supreme Court case on pay equity was the inspiration behind the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act of 2009, the first major legislation signed by President Obama. Lilly Ledbetter sued her former employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, for pay discrimination. Hear what she has to say about her case and what she’s doing to get Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

February 25, 2010

  • Cutting AHCCCS  |   Video
    • A report by Arizona State University economists shows that cutting funding to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s medical insurance for the indigent, could cost the state a lot in terms of jobs and money. ASU economist Timothy James, one of the authors of the report, talks about the findings.
  • State Spending Web Page  |   Video
    • State Treasurer Dean Martin will talk about his new Web site that lets Arizonans find out how much the state is spending and where that money is going.

January 21, 2010

  • High Court Campaign Finance Rule  |   Video
    • ASU law professor Paul Bender discusses the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that supports a corporation’s First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money to help elect or defeat candidates for public office.

November 10, 2009

  • Weatherization  |   Video
    • Federal stimulus dollars are providing a huge financial lift to a program that helps low income Arizonans save money on their utility bills while making their homes more energy efficient. We'll take a look at this program that saves energy, lowers utility bills, makes homes safer, and keeps people employed.

October 29, 2009

  • State Land Department Self-funding Challenge  |   Video
    • The State Land Department sells and leases State Trust Lands to raise money for public schools. Now, a new state law allows the Department to keep up to ten percent of those earnings to manage those lands. That’s illegal, according to the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest which is asking the Attorney General to stop those payments from continuing. Hear from former State Land Commissioner Mark Winkleman who helped establish the law and Arizona Education Association President John Wright who is supporting the legal challenge.

September 16, 2009

  • Race to the Top  |   Video
    • Find out what Arizona’s doing to get a slice of more than $4 billion in federal “Race to the Top” money that will be awarded to states that implement educational reform and bring innovation into the classroom. Representative Rich Crandall, Chair of the House Education Committee, and Debra Duvall, a Special Advisor to the Governor, back from a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with “Race to the Top” officials, discuss Arizona’s effort to compete for the money.

August 17, 2009

  • School Tuition Organizations  |   Video
    • The East Valley Tribune recently completed a series about how School Tuition Organizations, which funnel money from tax credit eligible charitable contributions to students, might be violating the law. The Tribune's Ryan Gabrielson will tell us more about his reports.

July 1, 2009

  • Weatherization Assistance Program  |   Video
    • Federal stimulus dollars are providing a huge financial lift to a program that helps low income Arizonans save money on their utility bills while making their homes more energy efficient. We'll take a look at this program that saves energy, lowers utility bills, makes homes safer, and keeps people employed.

May 21, 2009

  • Special Session: Corporate Tax Credits  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer called a special session to expand Arizona’s corporate tax credit law to benefit disabled and foster kids. Already, corporations that owe state income tax can choose to give some, or all, of that money to a school tuition organization which uses the money to help low income kids attend private and religious schools. The special session seeks to create a similar program for foster and disabled kids.

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.

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.

June 19, 2008

  • Maricopa Health System Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Maricopa Medical Center is operated by the Maricopa Integrated Health System. System officials are using a new state law to stop millions of dollars from flowing to the states general fund. Its money they say should be going to the Medical Center. Now the state is suing. Bil Bruno, a member of the MIHS Governing Board talks about the case.

April 23, 2008

  • Conserving Arizona�s Land and Water Initiative  |   Video
    • The Nature Conservancy�s Arizona Director discusses an initiative petition drive his organization has launched. If successful, it will place a proposition on November�s general election ballot asking voters to amend the State Constitution to allow 570,000 acres of state trust land to be set aside for permanent conservation. More than ten million acres of trust land were given to Arizona by the federal government at statehood. They�re held in trust, leased and sold by the State Land Department to raise money for public schools and other beneficiaries. Initiative application

April 2, 2008

  • School Utility Dilemma  |   Video
    • In the face of rising utility bills, Arizona school districts are becoming more energy efficient because the major source of money for paying utility costs ($85 million worth) will soon disappear. Without financial assistance, districts fear they may have to cut teachers, programs or both. Should the state help them out? Hear from two legislators with different ideas about how to deal with unfunded school utilities.

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

  • English Learner Funding  |   Video
    • How much additional money will it take to educate Arizona�s English Language Learners (ELLs), $40 million or $300 million? State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and Arizona School Administrators Association President Greg Wyman talk about their differing cost estimates.

June 7, 2007

  • DPS Director
    • Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Roger Vanderpool discusses the issues affecting the agency. Vanderpool will talk about how the DPS handles human smugglers and efforts to get more money for DPS officers.

June 5, 2007

May 16, 2007

May 10, 2007

  • DPS Director
    • We talk to the director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Roger Vanderpool, about issues affecting the agency. Vanderpool will talk about how the DPS handles human smugglers and efforts to get more money for DPS officers.

May 9, 2007

March 29, 2007

  • Health Insurance for the Poor
    • state lawmakers are working on getting some money to help promote state health care plans for the poor. Dana Naimark of Children's Action Alliance and Representative Kirk Adams will talk about the effort.

March 1, 2007

  • Copper Theft Bill
    • Copper theft is becoming a bigger problem in Arizona as drug users sell the metal to get money for their fixes. Representative Jerry Weiers has sponsored a bill that aims to reduce the problem by requiring I.D. when selling copper and checks or money orders mailed to the seller instead of cash at time of sale. Weiers will talk about his bill.

August 28, 2006

  • Arizona Education Update: All Day K Part one of four
    • In June, the governor signed legislation making money available to expand the availability of all day kindergarten across the state. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, joins HORIZON to discuss the issue.

June 9, 2005

  • soaring State Revenues
    • For the first time ever, Arizona passed the one billion dollar mark in state revenues in April. That was fueled by a 77\% increase in state income tax revenue. That's being attributed to money being made in Arizona's red-hot housing market. We'll talk to Arizona State University Economist Tracy Clark about rising state revenues.

April 5, 2005

  • Vouchers/Tuiton Tax Credits
    • The issue of school vouchers is back in Arizona's capitol for the first time in almost a decade. The senate has okayed a bill for the senate to provide money for private school tuition. "Horizon" looks at school choice issues at the legislature.

March 1, 2005

  • Classroom spending
    • A new report on classroom spending in Arizona shows more money is not going to classrooms.

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