Tucson CitizenTucson Citizen

Our Opinion: State pulling a $7M shell game

In its push to balance the budget, the state pulled a fast one on voters – a move the Arizona Supreme Court should reverse.

The state yanked $7 million in interest from First Things First, an early childhood development and health program established by voters in 2006. The program is funded by tobacco taxes.

State law prohibits tampering with voter-approved measures or their funding. But until its funding was spent, First Things First invested its money and earned $7 million – which the state said it had the right to take.

Nice try, but give it back. The funding can’t legally be touched, so it makes sense that its interest also is off-limits.

If the state doesn’t voluntarily return the $7 million, the high court should order it done.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

Search site | Terms of service