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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 →