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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 →

Governor’s task force making right moves on sales tax

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December 8, 2012 by in Blogs | Featured | Politics | Small Biz

One of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s top legislative priorities for 2013 is to simplify our state’s sales tax system.  Our sales tax is so complicated that you might be surprised to learn that Arizona does not technically have a sales tax. Rather, we have a transaction privilege tax (TPT), something that requires… Read More →

Avoiding the fiscal cliff

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The Obama administration and House Republicans have unveiled their opening offers in talks to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Details are scant but the White House estimates its plan would carve $4.4 trillion from the deficit over the coming decade, including previously enacted cuts ($1 trillion) and savings from reduced costs for overseas military operations… Read More →

Avondale mayor named NLC president

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The mayor of Avondale has been named as the leader of the National League of Cities. The NLC made the announcement Saturday that Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers would be the organization’s president for 2013. Rogers says she is deeply honored to be elected to the one-year position. The vote on a new president came at… Read More →

Brewer will let feds run health exchange for Ariz.

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has decided against creating a state-run health insurance exchange to implement a key part of President Barack Obama’s federal health care law. Brewer’s decision announced Wednesday means the federal government will set up an online marketplace for the state, offering subsidized private health coverage to the middle class. The governor reiterated… Read More →

Tackle Popular Immigration Reforms Now

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November 28, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Following the results of the election, there appears to be a real window in Washington, D.C. to do something meaningful on immigration. The just reelected president has made immigration reform a first tier priority.  And many Republicans believe that dealing with this issue is essential to restoring to their party some attractiveness with the two… Read More →

Brewer postpones decision in insurance exchange

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is postponing when she’ll declare whether Arizona will create a state-run insurance exchange as part of implementing the federal health law that she opposes. Brewer’s office disclosed the postponement on the hot-potato issue late Thursday after the federal Department of Health and Human Services extended until mid-December a deadline for states… Read More →

Kavanagh returns as House Appropriations chair

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November 16, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Fountain Hills Republican John Kavanagh will return as chairman of the state House Appropriations Committee when Arizona lawmakers report in January for their 2013 regular session. Kavanagh’s return as Appropriations chairman is among 18 committee chairmanships announced Thursday by Speaker Andy Tobin in a post-election reorganization. Other returning House chairmen include Bob Robson for the… Read More →

Brewer faces choice on Arizona health exchange

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Gov. Jan Brewer is being pulled one way by major business groups and another by fellow conservatives as she faces a fast-approaching deadline to decide whether to implement a key part of the federal health care law. The decision, due Friday, will determine if Arizona creates a state-run, online marketplace for consumers to use when… Read More →

Sinema wins Arizona congressional seat

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November 12, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Former Democratic state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been elected to represent a new Phoenix-area congressional district, emerging victorious after a bitterly fought race that featured millions of dollars in attack ads. Sinema becomes the first openly bisexual member of Congress. Her victory came in a year when three states approved gay marriage, and at least… Read More →