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10 ways Ducey, Legislature helped Arizona businesses

Mayor Elaine Scruggs

Governor Doug Ducey promised an administration that would move at the speed of business. His first legislative session proved true to his word. The session was lightning-quick at 81 days, the fastest since 1968. Together the governor and Legislature passed into law over 300 bills, many of which will significantly enhance Arizona’s business environment, making our… Read More →

E-cigarette tax could generate $6M a year for Arizona

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The Arizona Legislature’s budget analysts say a tax on electronic cigarettes could bring $6 million a year in new revenue into the state’s coffers. The analysis released by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee bases that figure on taxing the nicotine vapor smokes at the same ratio as the current $2 per pack tax on regular… Read More →

TGen and NAU celebrate 5-year research pact

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) announced a five-year agreement to promote innovation and quality research benefiting Arizona. The NAU-TGen Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) implements the allocation of state funding as directed by Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature, and reaffirms the commitment of both institutions toward quality research,… Read More →

Medical miracle girl raises funds for TGen

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Shelby Valint, the 12-year-old Phoenix girl whose sequenced genome led her from a wheelchair to walking, is raising funds for the non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). The “Shelby Valint Inspiration Fundraiser” will generate needed research dollars for TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders (C4RCD). It was research through this innovative unit at TGen that… 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 →

Graffiti offenders' parents may have to pay up

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by in Business News

Phoenix residents want the Arizona Legislature to take new steps to combat graffiti, including some that could yank driver licenses of juvenile offenders and hit the wallets of their parents. A city task force is proposing legislation that would include mandating full restitution by minors convicted of criminal graffiti damage. City staff said graffiti has… Read More →

Graffiti offenders’ parents may have to pay up

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by in Business News

Phoenix residents want the Arizona Legislature to take new steps to combat graffiti, including some that could yank driver licenses of juvenile offenders and hit the wallets of their parents. A city task force is proposing legislation that would include mandating full restitution by minors convicted of criminal graffiti damage. City staff said graffiti has… Read More →

FirstStrategic Or Mayor’s Office? Mattox Says Gullett Must Choose

Mayor's Office or FirstStrategic
by in Business News | Politics

FirstStrategic or Mayor’s Office? Claude Mattox is calling on mayoral candidate Wes Gullet to explain in detail how he intends to fulfill the duties of the mayor’s office while he remains a partner in the lobbying firm, FirstStrategic, that represents clients doing business with the city, neighboring communities and the state government. During a televised… Read More →

We Need Immigration Reform, Not Immigration Hype

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by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

SB 1070. It has been a few months since it passed, making Arizona the focus of so much national attention. As I have listened to Arizona, the entire country, and even some international Latina singers debate the issue, I have found ironies on both sides. First, on the pro-SB 1070 side: Republicans (especially Arizona Republicans… Read More →

Construction Companies Can Be Exposed To Lawsuits When Assisting The Government During An Emergency

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Imagine that you own a construction company and one of your employees comes in and tells you that the two largest buildings in town have collapsed. You receive a phone call a few days later from a government official who informs you that the police and fire department need your construction company to send heavy… Read More →

Q&A: Michael Bidwill, President, Arizona Cardinals

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During these difficult economic times, how vital is an organization such as the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) to the local economy? GPEC is vitally important because it is the only regional organization focused exclusively on bringing new business to Greater Phoenix. Because GPEC works closely with companies considering expansion to the region, they know… Read More →

Arizona Bankers Association Continues To Advocate For The Banking Industry

Tanya Wheeler is president and CEO of the Arizona Bankers Association.
by in AZ Business Magazine | Finance | Politics

One thing that hasn’t changed at the Arizona Bankers Association since it was founded 105 years ago is its dedication as an advocate for the banking industry. The cornerstone of the association has always been advocacy of bank-related issues with elected officials, state legislators, members of Congress and regulators at the state and federal levels.… Read More →