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10 ways Ducey, Legislature helped Arizona businesses

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Governor Doug Ducey promised an administration that would move at the speed of business. His first legislative session proved true to his word. The session was lightning-quick at 81 days, the fastest since 1968. Together the governor and Legislature passed into law over 300 bills, many of which will significantly enhance Arizona’s business environment, making our… Read More →

AXA Advisors Southwest earns Governor’s Award

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The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism announced that AXA Advisors Southwest, a leading provider of financial services for consumers and businesses, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for its dedicating to volunteerism, fundraising and general community service. AXA Advisors Southwest was honored by Governor Doug Ducey’s office on… Read More →

Crowdfunding law gives Arizona startups a boost

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A bill was introduced at the Arizona State Legislature during the 2015 session and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey that allows entrepreneurs to raise equity for their company from the general public. The passage of HB2591 allows people to invest and potentially hold stock in companies that raise money through crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter… Read More →

Uber, Lyft get a lift from new Arizona law

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Soon after his election, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey made a drastic decision to pledge his support to ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft by suspending the ongoing investigation into companies that were operating illegally under current Arizona law. In addition, the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures announced that it would no longer be… Read More →

Universities scramble to balance budgets after state cuts

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At Northern Arizona University, Christopher Gass said he and other engineering students looked forward to having a new building to house the 3-D printers, machines such as laser cutters and other technology they need to complete capstone design projects. But with Arizona’s public universities losing $99 million in state funding in the recently approved state… Read More →

Experts share ‘wins and losses’ on Arizona state budget

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Alberta Charney said she hasn’t heard much outrage from the business community over Arizona’s latest budget. “Maybe we are used to it,” said the research economist at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. “We have seen so many cuts over the years.” The fiscal 2016 budget is no different. Gov. Doug Ducey… Read More →

East Valley Partnership hosts Statesperson’s Luncheon

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The East Valley Partnership, a business advocacy group dedicated to improve business and quality of life in the East Valley region of Greater Phoenix, is hosting the Statesperson’s Luncheon at noon on Monday, March 30 at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) located at 1601 W. Main Street in Mesa, Ariz. Attendees of the… Read More →

Phoenix City Council approves 35-year streets, transit plan

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A comprehensive plan to modernize Phoenix’s streets and public transit system over the next 35 years was approved Tuesday by the City Council. Besides tripling the number of light rail miles by 2050, the transportation plan calls for significant expansion of bus service and upgrades to the city’s aging streets. An additional three-tenths of one… Read More →

Former Tempe mayor joins Rose Law Group

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Hugh Hallman has worn many distinguished hats over his 25 year career in law, education, politics and business; Mayor of Tempe, Statewide Candidate for Treasurer, Headmaster, Economist, and Civic Activist. But one title that has remained steadfast throughout his career, is serving as one of the state’s top attorneys. Scottsdale-based Rose Law Group pc announced the appointment… Read More →

Pango pay-by-phone app now available for Phoenix parking

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Mayor Greg Stanton, City Councilmembers, representatives from Pango USA and the business community gathered today in downtown Phoenix to announce the Pango pay-by-phone app for on-street parking is now available in Phoenix. “This cutting-edge innovation is helping to create a great urban core in Phoenix that makes life easier for our residents and businesses, and… Read More →

Stanton: Super Bowl showcases re-branded Phoenix

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In the midst of the Super Bowl excitement, Mayor Greg Stanton and the city’s Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay have unveiled a new campaign to send a clear message: Phoenix is hot for new economic opportunity. “We are about to welcome more than 1 million people to our city, and it’s important that… Read More →

What would you do with a billion dollars?

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Last week, Representative Bob Robson , Speaker pro tempore of the Arizona House of Representatives introduced House Bill 2033 which would create a funding vehicle to enable our universities to maintain and expand our research infrastructure at that level. At a time when the state is projecting a $500 million budget shortfall in fiscal 2014-15… Read More →

Phoenix Chamber appoints new VP of public affairs

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The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce today announced the appointment of Mike Huckins as Vice President of Public Affairs. Huckins will spearhead the Chamber’s lobbying efforts at the Capitol, oversee the Chamber’s public affairs and seven issue committees, as well as provide leadership for the Chamber’s internal public affairs team. “We are thrilled to welcome… Read More →

Will campaign contributions lower your tax rates?

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Many politicians will tell you that donating to their campaigns does not affect the way they vote or design laws. However, a new study from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University suggests regular ongoing contributions do help provide access to influential lawmakers and that companies making campaign contributions specifically to… Read More →