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ACC’s Burns won’t seek re-election

Runoff Election, Early Voting Phoenix Mayor, Council

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns says she has no plans to run for a second term. Burns made the announcement Friday. She says she will continue to be a watchdog for Arizona ratepayers until her current term ends. Burns says she would have liked to put off making the announcement until 2014, but she decided… Read More →

ACC's Burns won't seek re-election

Runoff Election, Early Voting Phoenix Mayor, Council

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns says she has no plans to run for a second term. Burns made the announcement Friday. She says she will continue to be a watchdog for Arizona ratepayers until her current term ends. Burns says she would have liked to put off making the announcement until 2014, but she decided… Read More →

Brewer signs photo radar bill

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring state transportation officials to confirm there’s a legitimate safety need before they allow cities to put photo enforcement cameras on state highways. A Senate amendment to House Bill 2477 passed by the Legislature softened a requirement that cities show photo enforcement has improved safety if they… Read More →

Obama unveils $3.8 trillion spending plan

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April 10, 2013 by in Economy | Politics

President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint on Wednesday that strives to achieve a “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits, raising taxes on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs including Social Security and Medicare. The president’s budget projects deficit reductions of $1.8 trillion over the next decade, achieved with higher taxes,… Read More →

Grand Canyon-sized tax reform

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The recent Grand Canyon Institute report “The Effects of Tax Reductions In Arizona: Significantly Reduced Government Revenue and No Apparent Impact on Economic Growth,” dismisses the bipartisan efforts to improve Arizona’s tax competitiveness over the past two decades and defies common sense. Does anyone really believe that Arizona would be better off with significantly higher… 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 →

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

Jan Brewer

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 →