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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Lower prices good news for ham, cheese lovers

In contrast, prices for eggs, bacon tick up

Good news if you like grilled ham and cheese.

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Arizonans consumed more than 43 tons of legal medical marijuana in 2017

Arizonans smoked, ate, drank or otherwise consumed more than 43 tons of legal medical marijuana in the year just ended.

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Despite no challengers - yet - Gov. Ducey has amassed $3 million in campaign war chest

PHOENIX -- With no primary foe and 10 months to go to the general election, Gov. Doug Ducey already has collected more than $3 million for his re-election campaign.

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Ducey budget puts emphasis on K-12 education

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled at $10.1 billion spending plan for next budget year built on projections of more consumer spending, Arizonans buying more lottery tickets and hiring back many of the auditors who ensure that people are paying the state what they owe, auditors the governor previously laid off.

Attorney contends schools conflict with legislature a political issue, not a matter for courts

PHOENIX -- An attorney for the state told a judge Friday he has no legal right to hear a complaint that the Legislature is not providing enough funds for schools.

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Tucson lawmaker seeks new surcharge for medical marijuana users

PHOENIX -- A Tucson Republican lawmaker wants people who are legally entitled to use medical marijuana to pay for a program to discourage drug use among others rather than lowering the excess fees they pay the state.

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Mesnard: Trump tax cuts won’t have negative impact on Arizona taxpayers

PHOENIX -- One of the state’s three Republican legislative leaders has vowed he won’t let the Trump tax cuts have a negative ripple effect on Arizona taxpayers.

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State of the State: Governor pledges more money for education

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey promised more money on Monday for education. But the Republican governor's State of the State speech was short on details.

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Gov. Ducey to make push for more education funds without raising state taxes

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey kicks off the legislative session Monday with a call for more education funding -- but not with the tax hikes that some say are necessary to provide truly adequate funding for schools.

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Education coaltion plan calls for $950 million more for Arizona classrooms

PHOENIX -- Hoping to set the agenda, a coalition of educators and others laid out options that could generate more than $950 million for education this coming year, all without a general hike in sales taxes.

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