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Phoenix lawyer urges Congress to block ‘joint employer’ rule


Phoenix lawyer Mark Kisicki called on Congress Tuesday to “restore stability in labor relations” by reversing a National Labor Relations Board ruling that he said will cause “significant economic upheaval” if left untouched. Kisicki was one of several witnesses testifying to a Senate committee on an August change to NLRB regulations so that any company… Read More →

Senators Urged to Preserve Future of Indian Gaming in Arizona

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Congress has the power to intervene in a growing national practice and problem of ‘off-reservation gaming,’ or ‘reservation-shopping.’ The topic was at the heart of an oversight hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today, titled, “Indian Gaming: The Next 25 Years,” and included discussion of H.R. 1410—the bi-partisan bill to solve the… Read More →

AzBA Brings Regulatory Burden to Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema
by in Banking | Business News

Seldom will you find a Member of Congress spending his or her few days out of session at a community bank.  That’s just where freshman U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema spent Wednesday afternoon. “It’s our job in Congress to strike the appropriate balance between a secure banking industry and adequate access to capital for families and… Read More →

The Business of Girl Scouts

by in Featured | Women In Business

This will be a great year for women – and in part, you have the Girls Scouts to thank for that. Right now we have two things to celebrate: The Girl Scouts’ wrapping up another successful year of cookie sales – last day of booth sales are March 30 – and a record number of… Read More →

ASU names Kyl Distinguished Fellow, Scholar


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 →

GPEC analyzes impact of potential defense cuts

by in Economy | Featured | Tech

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council today released findings and recommendations from its Aerospace and Defense Market Intelligence Program, a two-phase initiative that took an in-depth look at the region’s aerospace and defense companies to determine their strengths, weaknesses and readiness for the sequestration, federally-mandated automatic spending cuts scheduled to take place on March 1 unless… 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 →

Despite Fiscal Cliff deal, taxes will rise for most

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by in Business News

While the tax package that Congress passed New Year’s Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. That’s because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. In 2012,… Read More →

Senate strikes fiscal cliff deal

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by in Business News

The Senate has passed legislation to block the impact of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that make up the fiscal cliff. The vote was an overwhelming 89-8 and came well after midnight on New Year’s Day. A House vote is expected before Wednesday. The White House-backed legislation would prevent middle-class taxes from rising, and… Read More →

Sinema wins Arizona congressional seat

Kyrsten Sinema
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 →

Tips for dealing with cap gains tax hike


The impending jump in capital gains taxes has prompted a flood of nervous calls to financial advisers in recent months. Less than three months remain until the maximum rate of 15 percent on long-term gains rises to 20 percent unless Congress extends the Bush-era tax cuts. On top of that, the health care reform package… Read More →

Politics and Social Security


The issue: Unless Congress acts, the trust funds that support Social Security will run out of money in 2033, according to the trustees who oversee the retirement and disability program. At that point, Social Security would collect only enough tax revenue each year to pay about 75 percent of benefits. That benefit cut wouldn’t sit… Read More →

Arizona Politics 2010: The Year That Was SB 1070

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by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

It’s the start of 2011. This is usually when everyone writes top 10 lists for the year just past. I was going to write a “top 10 political stories of 2010 column,” when it occurred to me that was the year of one main significant political story. Oh, there were plenty of important political happenings.… Read More →

The Buzz on AZNow.Biz – September 20, 2010

Arizona Business Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Janet Perez
by in Featured | Video

It’s another exciting week at AZNow.Biz. Arizona’s credit unions are asking Congress to allow them to make more loans to more small businesses. This week also marks the debut of our workforce columnist, Marcia Rhodes, from the recruitment firm WorldatWork. Rhodes asks the question, are you a good boss?  Find all this and more at… Read More →