Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

Capitol Media Services

Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in
Arizona since 1982, the last 25 for Capitol Media Services which he founded in 1991. Fischer's news reports appear in daily and weekly newspapers around the state, and are heard on Arizona Public Radio.

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Senate health care bill could cost state $7.1 billion

May force Arizona to take away care from more than 400,000 residents

The new Senate health care plan would cost Arizona at least $2.9 billion between next year and 2026 -- and perhaps as much as $7.1 billion -- according to a new analysis by the Ducey administration.

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Ducey seeks retention of hospital levy for expanded Medicaid program

PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the Ducey administration are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to preserve the levy that funds an expanded Medicaid program -- assuming that expansion isn’t undermined by the Trump administration and Congress killing the program.

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Rep. Thorpe seeks restrictions on where college students can vote

PHOENIX -- Calling the practice unethical, a Flagstaff Republican lawmaker wants to bar college students from voting where they may live most of the year.

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Marketing practices of opioid manufacturer under scrutiny of Arizona attorney general

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich is looking into the marketing practices of an Arizona firm that manufactures opioids.

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Indictment prompts Corporation commission to take close look at policies

PHOENIX -- Citing the indictment of one of its former members, state utility regulators voted Tuesday to review a policy allowing utility company owners to pass along some of their personal income tax burden to customers.

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Study shows rental costs outpace average wage of renters

A new report shows that an affordable apartment -- one within their means -- requires more than what they typically earn in a 40-hour week.

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Attorney General to appeal ruling that allows marijuana on college campuses

Start argues court erred in voiding 2012 Arizona law

PHOENIX -- The state's top prosecutor wants police to be able to arrest people for having marijuana on college and university campuses, even if they have a state-issued card allowing them to buy and use the drug.

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New travel restrictions for state lawmakers

PHOENIX -- House Speaker J.D. Mesnard is enacting new travel restrictions on members a year after his predecessor was forced to reimburse taxpayers for more than $12,000 in improper expenses.

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Innocent pleas entered in Corporation Commission bribery case

PHOENIX -- A former utility regulator, his wife, a water company owner and his lobbyist all pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of bribery and fraud.

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Ducey declares emergency on opioid overdoses

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declared a state of emergency on opioid overdoses, a measure designed to get the state more information to determine what to do next -- including whether to follow the lead of two other states which have sued drug manufacturers.

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