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Canceled governors' conference cost Ariz. $98,000

Canceled governors' conference cost Ariz. $98,000

CREATED Jun 29, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona was forced to pay $98,000 after Gov. Jan Brewer canceled a 2010 conference between governors of U.S. border states and their Mexican counterparts.
   
The Arizona Republic says it obtained records showing the governor's staff negotiated "cancellation damages" for the event, which was to take place at the Arizona Biltmore hotel.
   
The conference was cut after Mexican governors refused to attend because of the passing of Arizona's immigration law, which the U.S. Supreme Court partially upheld Monday.
   
The Governor's Office paid a management company to pay the $98,000 bill but the Biltmore only received a portion of the money.
   
An attorney for the hotel says the issue has been resolved.
   
Brewer's office, the state Attorney General's Office and the management company did not immediately return calls for comment.
   
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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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