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Obama faces tough road with improving economy

Barack Obama

Here’s the assignment President Barack Obama has won with his re-election: Improve an economy burdened by high unemployment, stagnant pay, a European financial crisis, slowing global growth and U.S. companies still too anxious to expand much. And, oh yes, an economy that risks sinking into another recession if Congress can’t reach a budget deal to… Read More →

The Arizona Chamber’s guide to the ballot propositions

by in Business News | Economy | Politics

With less than three weeks remaining before the 2012 General Election, many Arizonans are getting ready to put their early ballots in the mail. Before you fill in those boxes with ink and head to the post office, please take a moment to review the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s recommendations on statewide propositions.… Read More →

A look at the 9 measures on Arizona ballot


Here are the nine voter initiative and legislative referendum measures on Arizona’s Nov. 6 general election ballot: SALES TAX INCREASE — Proposition 204 would replace a penny-on-the-dollar temporary sales tax increase set to expire in mid-2013 with a permanent increase of the same size. Revenue would have to be used for education, construction projects and… Read More →

Campaign issue: Energy


Americans depend on energy for everything from driving their cars to powering factories, homes and offices — and of course our smartphones, laptops and tablets. How that energy is produced and where it comes from affect jobs, the economy and the environment. Where they stand: President Barack Obama proposes an “all of the above” strategy… 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 →

Prosperity Project educates businesses about election issues

by in Business News | Economy | Politics | Small Biz

Last week I talked about jobs – the issue everyone should be talking about, but isn’t. Jobs and the economy are the number one issues for voters this election season. The majority of voters want to enter the voting booth armed with facts about the candidates on their ballot. They want to know how these… Read More →

Jobs report gives Obama a boost

Barack Obama,

President Barack Obama got much-needed good news Friday following his disappointing debate performance as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. Republican rival Mitt Romney said Obama still hasn’t done enough to create jobs. The figures announced by the Labor Department — 114,000 new jobs last month to bring unemployment… Read More →

Arizona’s Unemployment Rate Drops in October 2010

Arizona's Unemployment Rate Drops in October 2010
by in Economy | Featured

The state’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent to 9.5 percent in October, as the economy added 27,400 jobs. This is the largest October job gain since 2004. The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) reports today that the private sector generated 93 percent of those jobs, or 25,600.  Year-over-year, total non-farm employment was up 1.1… Read More →

Proposition 203 Passes – Arizona Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Proposition 203 Passes - Arizona Legalizes Medical Marijuana
by in Featured | Politics

On Nov. 23, Arizona is set to officially become the 15th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Almost two weeks after the Nov. 2 election, the final numbers for Proposition 203 have been tallied and the measure has passed by the slimmest of margins — a mere 4,341 votes. The final numbers: 841,346… Read More →

AZ 2010 Midterm Election Analysis

Polling Station

The best day to be the President of the United States has got to be Inauguration Day. You take the oath of office. You give a speech that the whole world stops to listen to and it is guaranteed to be recorded in history the moment you give it. It is all processionals, parties, and… Read More →

Arizona’s 2010 Midterm Election Results

Vote Signs
by in Events | Featured | Politics

Midterm election results – In the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans won many seats on both national and local levels, and there’s now a Republican majority in the United States House of Representatives. Here’s how Arizonans voted at the polls yesterday More election coverage from AZNow.Biz includes our political columnist, Tom Milton, analyzing the 2010 midterm… Read More →

Get Out And Vote!

Vote today for the 2010 Midterm Election
by in Blogs | Politics

Today’s the day. Nov. 2, 2010 otherwise known as Election Day. Across the country, millions of Americans are making their voice count by voting for the candidates they believe will best represent them. You often hear that if you don’t vote, you can’t complain and I think that sentiment rings true. Politics is always a… Read More →

The Buzz on AZNow.Biz – November 1, 2010

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

This week on AZNow.Biz, find out how health care reform may affect Arizona businesses and you. Also, on Wednesday we’ll have an analysis of Tuesday’s big elections from our political columnist Tom Milton. And watch our latest profile in our CEO Series, Valley sports mogul Jerry Colangelo.

Jobs Grow Modestly; State’s Unemployment Rate Is Unchanged

by in Economy | Featured

The state added 16,000 jobs in September, mostly due to the start of the new school year. Despite the modest gains, the Arizona Department of Commerce reported today that the state’s unemployment rate remains at 9.7 percent Sept. 2010 Aug. 2010 Sept. 2009 United States 9.6% 9.6% 9.8% Arizona 9.7% 9.7% 9.4% Year-over-year, total non-farm… Read More →