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AND YOU THOUGHT THE BALLOT WAS CROWDED NOW

So what if a simple majority vote in the Arizona Legislature can put any law before voters? Not good enough for House Republicans, who propose a ballot referendum that would automatically return successful voter initiatives to the ballot every eight years, ensuring steady employment for political strategists for decades to come. Measures placed on the ballot by lawmakers are exempt.


AND WHILE WE'RE OUT CRUSHING DEMOCRACY

House Speaker Jake Flake co-sponsors measure that allows cities and towns to enact a steep increase in the number of signatures required to force a referendum.


BAD TRADE

Senate Resolution would again ask voters to approve swaps of state and federal land, even though such an effort has failed five times at the ballot in the last decade. The measure, although identical to the defeated 2002 proposition, is now titled Military Base Preservation Initiative, even though it contains no mention of preserving military bases.


ONLY ONE PROBLEM: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS TOTALLY STIFFING THE STATES (EXCEPT FLORIDA, OF COURSE)

Gov. Janet Napolitano proposes opening an Arizona office in Washington to lobby the feds for more money.


PASSING THE BUCK

Cuts to counties in GOP budget plan would total more than $157 million, including more than $30 million in Pima County, according to County Supervisors Association of Arizona. Areas affected include healthcare, criminal justice and transportation.


THAT'LL SOLVE THE BUDGET CRISIS

Lawmakers propose new 5 percent tax on satellite TV service.


WHO AM I? More than 46,000 Arizonans use my services every year to earn a GED or learn basic reading and writing skills. More than one in four of them are between the ages of 16 and 21. Here in Pima County, I provide hope for the estimated 100,000 residents who have not completed high school. The Republican budget proposal zeroes out my $5.5 million in funding for next year, meaning the state will lose an additional $10 million in federal matching funds. The GOP plan also repeals the enabling legislation that makes my program possible, meaning there's no plan to restore it once the economy turns around. Who am I?

Answer: Arizona's Adult Education Program

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