Lawmakers address state parks; TUSD closures; Marana budget cuts

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Lawmakers considered several proposals to bail out the struggling state parks.

One proposal would allow Arizonans to donate $10 to the parks system when they register their vehicles then get into the parks for free.

Another measure would raid a voter-mandated land conservation fund.

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In Tucson a couple of familiar items will up for discussion at the Tucson city council Tuesday -- and both are initiated by Council Member Steve Kozachik. He wants more discussion on the city's photo red-light cameras -- before they add four more to the system.

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Five more TUSD elementary schools could be closed down, and this time its not voluntary.

Jefferson Park, Fort Lowell, Rogers and Rochey and Duffy could be on the chopping block. The governing board will make a decision Tuesday which could help close a nearly $30-Million deficit. The four other schools closing in August are voluntary.

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Questions and answers Monday night in Marana where town and school district officials explained planned budget cuts.

Last week the Marana school board signed off on pink slips for more than 100 district support staffers and earlier this month dozens of teacher and librarian jobs were cut.

It's all designed help make up a roughly $5.5-million dollar budget deficit projected for next year. And that number could grow further if Arizona voters next month reject Proposition 100's one-cent sale tax increase.