PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Wednesday to limit where welfare recipients can use their debit cards, make it easier for patients to compare hospital costs and allow religious schools to fire staff members without paying them unemployment benefits.
Last March, Joseph Kane opened his water bill to see that he owed Tucson Water $3,364 and some cents. He had used, the water department said, some 222,904 gallons of water. His normal usage is somewhere around 8,000 gallons.
With her $1,600 water bill in hand, west-side resident Dolores Kruger stands in her sparse front yard, which has little vegetation. A handyman and landscaper could find nothing significant that would explain high water use.