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Brewer OKs tax cut law for manufacturers

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters, a move she said was needed to make the state more attractive to large businesses. Brewer signed Senate Bill 1413 at a Capitol ceremony attended by a couple of… Read More →

Stanton, Gallego Work to Close Gender Pay Gap

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Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego announced Tuesday a new effort to ensure that City of Phoenix contractors – those paid with taxpayer dollars – practice equal pay for equal work among men and women. This morning, on National Equal Pay Day, Stanton asked Gallego to lead an effort over the next few months… Read More →

Arizona Biomedical Corridor advances

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and the City Council today approved the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority to issue up to $180 million in revenue bonds to finance Mayo Clinic’s new proton beam radiation therapy center. The Council also approved a two-year extension of its agreement with ASU and Mayo Clinic to continue collaborative planning efforts to… Read More →

Bill aims to create new housing-loan structure

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The top Democrat on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Thursday introduced a draft proposal to abolish Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and create a new lender-owned cooperative that would issue government-backed loans. Representative Maxine Waters of California outlined a measure that challenges the more conservative approach of the panel’s chairman. Texas Republican Jeb… Read More →

House bill limits Medicaid to 5 years

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A watered-down proposal by Republican Speaker Andy Tobin that would force Medicaid recipients to get a job and limit some to a maximum of five years of insurance was approved Thursday by the Arizona House of Representatives, despite Democratic objections that it would kick people in need off the health insurance program. House Bill 2367… Read More →

Sinema will stay in Arizona’s 9th District

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema won’t jump from her current district to the one being vacated by retiring Rep. Ed Pastor. Sinema announced on her campaign Facebook page Thursday that she intends to seek re-election in her current 9th Congressional District that covers Tempe and other southeast Phoenix areas. The announcement comes a week after… Read More →

Will 1062 hurt bid for 2016 GOP Convention?

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State legislation that would have allowed business owners to refuse to serve gays for religious reasons likely won’t impact Phoenix’s chances of hosting the 2016 national convention, Arizona Republican Party officials said Thursday. The Republican National Committee’s focus in evaluating potential sites is on venues, transportation and security, Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham said. “If… Read More →

GPEC Board Commends Brewer for Veto

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The Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors James H. Lundy, along with President & CEO Barry Broome, have sent a letter to Governor Janice K. Brewer to personally thank her for her action on Senate Bill 1062. “Today is a good day for Arizona,” said GPEC President & CEO Barry… Read More →

GPEC Board Chair Calls for Veto of Senate Bill 1062

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Under the direction of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, James H. Lundy, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) will be sending a letter to Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer urging the veto of Senate Bill 1062. As a premier regional economic development organization, GPEC works hand in hand with the Arizona Commerce Authority… Read More →

The politics of economic growth

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January 13, 2014 by in Economy | Featured | Politics

This is a turning-point election for Arizona. Seven candidates seek the governor’s post, the most important elected position in Arizona. Economic development and business leaders are concerned about the state’s image in the global market and what it will take to make the area competitive in the next economy. The new governor will need to… Read More →

Goodyear Mayor co-chairs Luke AFB West Valley Council

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The city of Goodyear remains front and center when it comes to being poised and prepared for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II Fighter Jet pilot training program at Luke Air Force Base in early 2014. But right now, members of the Luke West Valley Council – the regional group promoting the success of… Read More →

The 2013 Hammer Awards

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December 20, 2013 by in Featured | Politics

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; time to hand out some virtual hardware to the winners of the 4th annual Hammer Awards, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer’s look back at the wild and the wacky of the year in politics and anything else that’s on his mind.… Read More →

Kyl to receive honorary degree from Thunderbird

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Thunderbird President Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D. will award former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl with a doctorate of international law honoris causa on Friday, Dec. 13 during Thunderbird’s fall commencement ceremony, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Thunderbird Event Center. Kyl has been a friend to Thunderbird over the years, most notably serving as a special… Read More →

Study: Arizona’s Medicaid Expansion Will Cost $1B

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Arizona’s Medicaid expansion will cost the state’s taxpayers almost a billion dollars a year within a decade, according to a new study from Health Systems Innovation Network (HSI) and the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). Medicaid expansion is often touted as a “no brainer” for states, as the federal government promises to pay 100%… Read More →

Tibshraeny Named Municipal Leader of the Year

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November 17, 2013 by in Featured | Politics | Tech

American City & County magazine has selected Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny as its Municipal Leader of the Year. Mayor Tibshraeny will be featured in the November edition of American City & County, which has been the voice of state and local government since 1909. The magazine serves city, county and state officials who are charged… Read More →

Gap is Narrowing on Immigration Reform

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November 4, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

Various Arizona Chamber and business leaders have made numerous visits to Washington, D.C. over the years to push for reform of our nation’s badly broken immigration system. As a border state, we understand this issue well. For years, the business community in Arizona has been pressing Congress and the Administration for a secure border, workable… Read More →

High tariffs put manufacturing in the rough

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September 23, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

Arizona has a rich golf history. We have hundreds of outstanding courses throughout the state, ranging from affordable municipal courses to Golf Digest five-star offerings. We’re host to top-flight tournaments like the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA tour’s best attended event. Our state universities’ golf… Read More →

Brewer earns less than most governors

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Besides having one of the lowest governor’s salaries in the nation, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer also makes less than almost all of the state’s top administrative officials, according to a recent report. Brewer’s $95,000 annual salary was less than that of 44 other governors in 2013 and was topped by 37 Arizona administrators out of… Read More →

Are Republicans More Open to New Product Choices?

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Some people may think of political conservatives as having a desire to maintain traditions, but a new study shows they also have a more adventurous side that seeks out variety in products. The new research from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University was recently posted online by the Journal of… Read More →

Arizona's rocky relationship with the EPA

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I’d imagine that the speechwriter preparing President Obama for his visit to Phoenix this week was hard pressed to come up with many highlights in the White House-Arizona relationship. We’ve had a rocky marriage over the past five years. From health care, to tax policy, to labor relations, the administration has made it harder to… Read More →

Arizona’s rocky relationship with the EPA

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August 12, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

I’d imagine that the speechwriter preparing President Obama for his visit to Phoenix this week was hard pressed to come up with many highlights in the White House-Arizona relationship. We’ve had a rocky marriage over the past five years. From health care, to tax policy, to labor relations, the administration has made it harder to… Read More →

Flake tops The Hill’s ‘most beautiful’ list

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August 5, 2013 by in Featured | Politics

Sen. Jeff Flake had already made something of a name for himself as a freshman, by being one of the bipartisan “Gang of 8″ that drafted a sweeping immigration reform bill. Now the Arizona Republican can boast of another freshman achievement: most-beautiful person on Capitol Hill. Flake was awarded the top spot Wednesday in The… Read More →

Napolitano steps down as Homeland Security Secretary

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona governor who led the burgeoning Department of Homeland Security through a host of policy changes in the post 9/11 era, is resigning to head the University of California system. Napolitano, just the third person to lead the 10-year-old department, told her senior staff Friday she would be… Read More →

Legislative Session Improves Business Landscape in Arizona

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The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), the largest trade association in Arizona representing over 11,000 member businesses in all 15 counties, tracked 65 bills during Arizona’s 51st Legislature (Jan. 14 – June 13, 2013), eight of which were Priority Bills. ASBA has announced all eight Priority Bills passed. “We have a strong sense of responsibility… Read More →