Transparency missing in Arizona's legislature

By Kathleen Ingley and Maureen West

Mystery budgeting and 'striker' bills cut public from the process.

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"… ican.The budget bills were introduced on Presidents Day, a working day for legislators, but a holiday for many Arizonans.The measures were scheduled for appropr …"

"… testimony. They’re in power, and they get to make the decisions.”Some legislators see it differently. To House Appropriations Chairman Kavanagh, the proces …"

"… nt as it can be.” The public had ample opportunity, he added, to contact legislators and the governor’s office, through email or by phone, before the budget …"

"… are their priorities,” said AEA president Andrew Morrill.The notion that legislators need to raise issues in private, because they don’t want the public to …"

House defeats effort to cut funding for repair of military base schools

By Kristen Lombardi

The House has defeated an effort to cut funds aimed at repairing decaying schools on military bases

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"… tion and construction funds came in the form of an amendment filed by Rep. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican. Flake’s amendment would have slashed the Pentago …"

Jerry Lewis — Appropriations Committee?

By Amy Biegelsen

A California congressman since 1978, Jerry Lewis aims to regain the gavel of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and all the federal bud

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"… al years, non-defense, discretionary spending has blown out of control” …"

"… ttee and all the federal budget power that comes with it. Lewis represents California’s 41st District, which stretches from the Nevada border across the Mojav …"

"… m the Justice Department in 2006 after Randy “Duke” Cunningham, also a California Republican, went to jail for accepting $2.4 million in bribes. The investi …"

"… tigating the relationship between Lewis and lobbyist Bill Lowery, a former California congressman who served on the Appropriations Committee with Lewis. Some of …"

C.W. Bill Young — Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense

By Caitlin Ginley

C.W. Bill Young is the most senior Republican serving in the U.S. House and a fixture in Florida politics. First elected in 1970, he represe

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"… g is the most senior Republican serving in the U.S. House and a fixture in Florida politics. First elected in 1970, he represents Florida’s 10th district a …"

"… se and a fixture in Florida politics. First elected in 1970, he represents Florida’s 10th district and the coastal city of St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Me …"

"… that passed with $388 billion in earmarks, including $180 million for his Florida district.Last year, the Office of Congressional Ethics investigated Young …"

"… ccused him of using campaign money to pay for a luxury vehicle. PolitiFact Florida declared the allegation “true” after finding that Young pays $799 per …"

Hal Rogers — Appropriations Committee?

By Peter H. Stone

Kentucky’s Hal Rogers, a prime candidate to take over the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, which controls federal spending, has

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"… ion” …"

Everyone — except appropriators — agree no more C-17s needed in budget

By Nick Schwellenbach

Bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate committees with the most expertise on military affairs oppose buying more Boeing-built C-17 cargo

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"… n the Pentagon and Air Force say the U.S. military doesn’t need any more C-17s, which cost more than $250 million apiece.However, over four years, Congre …"

"… d money to the Defense Department’s budget for a total of 43 unrequested C-17s. What gives? Simply put: The powerful House and Senate appropriations comm …"

"… agon has more airlift capacity than it needs with an existing fleet of 223 C-17s plus 111 older but larger C-5 aircraft. Modernizing the aging C-5s was mor …"

"… nizing the aging C-5s was more cost-effective than replacing them with new C-17s, they said.“A modernized C-5 carries twice as much and flies twice as fa …"