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Arizona lawmakers graded ‘C’ for openness

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A national pro-transparency group says the Arizona Legislature isn’t doing a great job of sharing information with the public. The nonpartisan, nonprofit group Sunlight Foundation released transparency report cards on Monday for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The group analyzed legislative websites to determine how readily legislative information is publicly available. Grades… Read More →

Arizona lawmakers graded 'C' for openness

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A national pro-transparency group says the Arizona Legislature isn’t doing a great job of sharing information with the public. The nonpartisan, nonprofit group Sunlight Foundation released transparency report cards on Monday for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The group analyzed legislative websites to determine how readily legislative information is publicly available. Grades… Read More →

ASU names Kyl Distinguished Fellow, Scholar

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Former United States Senator Jon Kyl has accepted a part-time appointment at Arizona State University as Distinguished Fellow in Public Service in the ASU College of Public Programs and as O’Connor Distinguished Scholar of Law and Public Service in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU. The Senate’s former No. 2 Republican leader… Read More →

Brewer, GM announce Chandler Innovation Center

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Michigan-based General Motors (GM), together with Governor Jan Brewer, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), announced today GM has selected Chandler as the site of its fourth Information Technology Innovation Center.  These IT Innovation Centers enable GM to in-source the company’s innovation capabilities, strengthening its… Read More →

How could budget cuts impact Arizona?

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The White House released a list of impacts to Arizona from automatic budget cuts that are set to take hold this week. The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts… Read More →

Ariz. House approves unemployment changes

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The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill that shifts to workers the burden of proving they’re eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. Republican state Rep. Warren Petersen of Gilbert argued his bill prevents people from collecting benefits when they’re not eligible while employers fight their claims. Democrats argued it puts federal funding of the… Read More →

Arizona House panel OKs high-tech tax credits

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February 20, 2013 by in Business News | Politics | Tech

An Arizona House committee has given initial approval to a bill that sets up a tax credit for insurance companies who invest in a new high-tech fund overseen by the Arizona Commerce Authority. The bill sponsored by Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin gives insurers a credit against premium taxes they would owe of up to… Read More →

Polsinelli expands its public policy group into Arizona

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February 20, 2013 by in Business News | Legal | Politics

In a move to expand its public policy presence into Arizona, Polsinelli Shughart announced that Amanda Reeve, voted Arizona’s 2012 Legislator of the Year, and Adam Hawkins, a high profile policy advisor, have teamed together to bring these capabilities for clients to the firm’s Phoenix office. Reeve, designated Representative of the Year 2012 by the… Read More →

Arizona lawmakers examine lobbying gift ban

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February 18, 2013 by in Business News | Legal | Politics

Republican Sen. Michele Reagan says she is willing to compromise to pass legislation that would revamp Arizona laws on legal interactions between lobbyists and lawmakers. Reagan says she asked elected officials and lobbyists what they could stomach when drafting her ethics bill that would require lobbyists to file monthly expenditure reports detailing any legal gifts… Read More →

Brewer's sales tax overhaul passes 1st House hearing

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A proposal that would overhaul Arizona’s complex sales tax collection process got a strong endorsement from business leaders before unanimously passing its first Arizona House committee Monday. The proposal from Gov. Jan Brewer is designed to ease the burden on businesses, and business leaders hailed the bill for its intent of cutting red tape and… Read More →

Brewer’s sales tax overhaul passes 1st House hearing

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A proposal that would overhaul Arizona’s complex sales tax collection process got a strong endorsement from business leaders before unanimously passing its first Arizona House committee Monday. The proposal from Gov. Jan Brewer is designed to ease the burden on businesses, and business leaders hailed the bill for its intent of cutting red tape and… Read More →

Clean Elections limits raised for 2014

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February 12, 2013 by in Business News | Politics

Arizona’s Secretary of State is adjusting funding limits available to candidates using Clean Elections money to run their campaigns. Ken Bennett’s office says the upward adjustments will be in place for the 2014 election cycle. Participants qualify for public funding by gathering $5 contributions from eligible voters and agreeing to comply with spending and contribution… Read More →

Brewer rolls out sales tax reform plan

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Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to announce details of her proposal for a comprehensive simplification of the Arizona’s sales tax collection system at a press conference Monday. Brewer says the current system has so many twists and turns it is extremely difficult for businesses to pay what they owe. She says business owners serving multiple… Read More →

House panel passes ban on spam text messages

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An Arizona House committee has passed a bill that would ban unsolicited spam-like text messages that seek to get a person to buy goods or services. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. David Stevens of Sierra Vista is aimed at companies that inundate multiple phone numbers with texts. Many of those are for adult services… Read More →

I love it when a plan comes together

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February 3, 2013 by in Blogs | Featured | Politics

This is a heady time for supporters of real immigration reform. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including our own John McCain and Jeff Flake, have announced their support for a framework of sweeping changes that have long been supported by Arizona’s – and the nation’s – business community. It is natural that Senators McCain… Read More →

Gov. Brewer, legislators ready to lead in 2013

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January 14, 2013 by in Featured | Politics

Just as we always do this time of year, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry today kicked off the next legislative session with our annual Legislative Forecast Luncheon. This year’s edition was held at a packed Phoenix Convention Center, where the 1,000-person crowd had the opportunity to hear from Gov. Jan Brewer and state… Read More →

Brewer appoints leader of utility agency

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has appointed a former electric utility executive to serve as the new leader of a state agency that advocates for consumers on electric, gas, phone, water and telecommunication issues. Patrick Quinn will take over as director of the Arizona Residential Utility Consumer Office on Monday. Quinn replaces outgoing director Jodi Jerich.… Read More →

Arizona’s delegation splits on ‘fiscal cliff’ vote

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Arizona’s U.S. House delegation split along party lines late Tuesday night as the House passed the so-called “fiscal cliff agreement. The agreement avoided middle-class tax increases. House approval of the legislation already approved by the Senate sent it to President Barack Obama. Democrats Ron Barber, Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor voted for the agreement. Republicans… Read More →

Arizona's delegation splits on 'fiscal cliff' vote

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Arizona’s U.S. House delegation split along party lines late Tuesday night as the House passed the so-called “fiscal cliff agreement. The agreement avoided middle-class tax increases. House approval of the legislation already approved by the Senate sent it to President Barack Obama. Democrats Ron Barber, Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor voted for the agreement. Republicans… Read More →

The 2012 Hammer Awards

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December 24, 2012 by in Featured | Politics

It’s that time of year to hand out some honors for the year’s best. So it is without further ado that I bring you the Third Annual Hammer Awards. Impact Player of the Year: State Treasurer Doug Ducey The keeper of the state’s checkbook took down Proposition 204 in a rout, and for that Doug… Read More →

Arizona panel recommends pension alternative

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December 22, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

A committee that studied funding issues with Arizona’s pension system for public employees is recommending that current and former workers be allowed to move into a 401(k)-style plan as an optional alternative to fixed-benefit pensions. The report by the pension-study committee led by state Treasurer Doug Ducey says the state should also raise the retirement… Read More →

Arizona could get revenue boost from ‘fiscal cliff’

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Legislative budget analysts say the federal budgetary “fiscal cliff” may have a bright side for the Arizona state treasury, at least in the short term. The joint Legislative Budget Committee staff says it appears that investors and companies are taking steps to respond to the possibility of higher federal income tax rates in January. Those… Read More →

Morrissey won’t seek 2nd term as GOP chairman

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December 20, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Tom Morrissey has announced that he won’t seek a second term as chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. He says his decision is due to upcoming knee surgeries that will likely require a lengthy recovery period. Morrissey’s term will end when the party’s State Committee meets Jan. 26 and elects the chairman, secretary and treasurer.… Read More →

Will Bennett block Brewer from seeking 3rd term?

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December 11, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says he might try to block Gov. Jan Brewer from getting on the ballot if she tries to run for another term. Brewer has floated the idea that term limits don’t prevent her from running again because she wasn’t elected to the partial term she held after Democrat Janet… Read More →