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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 →

Brewer’s sales tax overhaul passes 1st House hearing

Jan Brewer

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

Jan Brewer

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

Jan Brewer

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 →