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Arizona Business Community Supports HB2111

The undersigned organizations and businesses want to express their strong support for the passage of HB2111 with the floor amendment that will be offered by Senator Steve Yarbrough. This final amendment represents major concessions to address concerns that have been expressed by the city representatives.

This final amendment reflects the cities’ request for a separate online portal for the collection of sales taxes in the 18 non-program cities. In addition, the amendment reflects the cities’ demand to maintain the authority to audit single-location businesses in their city. Lastly, the amendment removes all of the changes to prime contracting tax except for the trade and service contractors.

While the Yarbrough amendment reflects major concessions to the cities that undermine some of the important reforms recommended by the Transaction Privilege (Sales) Tax Simplification Task Force, we believe this final proposal still reflects historic progress that deserves final passage.

The Senator Yarbrough floor amendment will provide for the following:

* Single Point of Administration – the Department of Revenue (DOR) will become the single point of administration and collection of TPT. However, at the request of the cities, there will be a separate online portal for the 18 non-program cities. Despite this concession, the cities remain opposed because they want to continue to require businesses making paper sales tax remissions to pay the state and city separately. Their proposal provides most small businesses no administrative relief from making multiple payments to multiple jurisdictions each month.

* Single and Uniform Audit – DOR will administer a standardized state audit program where all state and city auditors are trained and certified by DOR. Despite major concessions from the business community to allow cities to continue to audit local businesses, the cities continue to push for further changes that will undermine much needed reforms to standardize state and local audits.

* Trade/Service Contracting Reform – Service contractors working directly for an owner to maintain, repair, and replace existing property would pay tax on materials at retail and not be subject to the Prime Contracting Tax. During Task Force deliberations, the cities repeatedly conceded that this area of the prime contracting tax was problematic and should be changed. However, after almost a year of study and discussion, they have offered a change to the taxation of service contractors that provides no administrative relief and couples that change with a request that the state give the cities $80 million from use tax collections.

Arizona’s chaotic and dysfunctional sales tax system has been the subject of considerable controversy at the Capitol for over 30 years. The creation of the Task Force, as well as the appearance for the first time that the cities recognized the need for reform, gave Arizona businesses great hope that this system would finally be reformed. We strongly encourage state policymakers to pass a sales tax reform bill that is grounded in sound tax policy and focuses on reducing the extraordinary compliance costs on Arizona businesses.

Kevin McCarthy, President, Arizona Tax Research Association
Michelle Lind, Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Association of REALTORS
Bas Aja, Executive Vice President, Arizona Cattlemen’s Association
Glenn Hamer, President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
Steve Macias, Chairman, Arizona Manufacturer’s Council
Francis McAllister, Chairman, Arizona Mining Association
Courtney LeVinus, Arizona Multihousing Association
Michelle Allen Ahlmer, Executive Director, Arizona Retailers Association
Steve Chucri, President/CEO, Arizona Restaurant Association
Rick Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Small Business Association
Steve Zylstra, President & CEO, Arizona Technology Council
Greg Turner, Vice President, Senior Tax Council, Council On State Taxation (COST)
Lisa Rigler, President, Small Business Alliance AZ
Todd Sanders, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Tom Franz, President, Greater Phoenix Leadership
Connie Wilhelm, President, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona
Tim Lawless, Chapter President, NAIOP
Farrell Quinlan, Arizona State Director, NFIB
Ronald E. Shoopman, President, Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Scot Mussi, President, The Arizona Free Enterprise Club
Matt Beckler, Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Tax Officer, Apollo Group, Inc.
Steve Barela, State & Local Tax Manager, Arizona Public Service
Steve Trussell, Executive Director, Arizona Rock Products Association
Michael DiMaria, Director of Legislative Affairs, CenturyLink, Inc.
Gayle Shanks, Owner, Changing Hands Bookstore
Michelle Bolton, Director of Public Affairs, Cox Communications
Nikki Daly, Owner, Flair! Salons
David Karsten, President, Karsten’s Ace Hardware
Reuben Minkus, Minkus Advertising Specialties
PetSmart, Inc.
Tina Danloe, General Manager, Pima Ace Hardware
Molly Greene, Senior Government Relations Representative, Salt River Project
Les Orchekowsky, President & Co-Owner, Sierra Ace Hardware, Inc.
Ann Seiden, Administrator/Corporate Public Affairs, Southwest Gas Corporation
Joseph Hughes, Director of Government Affairs, U.S. Airways
Walgreens Co.

Glenn Hamer is president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.

NCAA March Madness

NCAA March Madness: Get Your Tickets Now

You can watch as much of Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology as possible, study your match-ups and build your Excel spreadsheets, but the office secretary who picked her teams based on mascots will still beat you.

Yes, it is that time of the year again: March Madness.NCAA March Madness Bracket

And luckily for us college hoops fans here in Phoenix, the West Regional will be landing at the US Airways Center March 22 and 24.

Tickets through Ticketmaster already are sold out, but they are currently on sale on StubHub. Get them now before the tournament gets started and before fans make plans to come to Phoenix to support their teams.

If rankings play out, there could be some high-profile programs coming through town.

From Big 10 Tournament champion Michigan State (27-7) to Big East Tournament champion Louisville (26-9), the best of the best have the opportunity to play in the building Barkley built.

That’s only if they can get past some of the dark horses hidden within the West Regional.

And what would March Madness be without some of the tournament-defining upsets?

So here we go. My predictions. Because what kind of March Madness article would this be without them?

While I’ve been doing March Madness brackets for more than 10 years now, I am in no way an expert. Because, truthfully, no one is thanks to past teams like Virginia Commonwealth and George Mason.

I’m going to break this down region by region.

South

In the South Regional, there aren’t too many teams that will get the upper hand in the earlier rounds. And picking VCU in the 5-12 matchup versus Wichita St. is not going to give you the edge on any of your friends or co-workers, as they are likely to pick after the runs they’ve made in the past.

But watch out for Indiana. Even though they are a four seed, they still have a tough road ahead facing the No. 1 overall Kentucky in the Sweet 16 (if both make it there). And don’t forget about Indiana’s year-defining win over Kentucky earlier this season.

I expect to see Indiana taking out Baylor in the Elite 8 and representing the South Region in the Final Four.

West

My end result of the West Regional may be a little conventional, but leading up to that I took some risks with my picks.

And while this may not be a shocker due to their amazing record (30-1), Murray State is going to face Michigan State in the Elite 8.

Also, watch the Lobos from New Mexico as a I predict them taking out Louisville in the round of 32. I don’t see them getting past Michigan State, which will eventually head to the Final Four in New Orleans out of the West.

East

Like the West Regional, my end results here are not very unconventional.

While Syracuse and Ohio State sat in the top 10 rankings all year long, it’s the Florida State Seminoles who you need to watch out for. Coming off their ACC Tournament championship, and beating Duke and UNC both twice this year, they are my pick to come out of the East Regional.

With experienced guards and an athletic inside game, this is the year the usually-disappointing Seminoles make a run in the tournament.

And riding off alumni’s Linsanity, watch Harvard to win the 5-12 matchup against Vanderbilt, and then upset No. 4 seed Wisconsin.

Midwest

And finally, the Midwest.

We’ll start with the upsets. After San Diego State takes out NC State in the first round, look for them to end No. 3 Georgetown’s championship dreams.

Also, Cal., coming off the play-in game vs. South Florida will follow my trend of 5-12 upsets taking out Temple. And if Cal doesn’t beat South Florida in the play-in game, look to see the athletic USF team create the 5-12 upset on their terms.

Every year I seem to end up picking Kansas to make a nice run in the tournament, and it’s the same this year. I don’t know what it is about the Jayhawks and coach Bill Self, but they impress me every year. And this year is no different.

Final Four

On the left bracket we’re going to see Indiana and Michigan State meet in New Orleans. While Michigan State should be the obvious victor in this matchup, Indiana will be riding a string of huge victories that will carry them into the championship.

And on the right, the Seminoles and the Jayhawks will also be meeting in New Orleans. The inside play of Robinson will be too much for the Seminoles to handle, propelling Jayhawks into the NCAA championship tournament for the first time since 2008.

On April 2, Indiana’s amazing tournament run will end. Kansas has too many weapons inside and out and will win the university’s fourth national championship.

To see all my March Madness bracket picks, click here.

Arizona Business People & Promotions

Arizona Business Promotions and People Moving Up

Arizona Business Promotions July 21, 2011 - Business is booming as important executives across the Valley are being appointed, promoted and honored. Major companies highlight their updates on essential leaders within their divisions.

Congratulations to the following who have shown excellence in their field:

Dioguardi Flynn LLP

Mark Dioguardi and John Flynn:

Dioguardi and Flynn were added to the list of Arizona Finest Lawyers 2011.

Arizona Business Promotions - Mark Dioguardi, Dioguardi Flynn LLPArizona Business Promotions - John Flynn, Dioguardi Flynn LLP


U.S. Airways

Paul Galleberg:

Galleberg has been appointed to vice president, legal affairs.

John MacDonald:

Macdonald has been appointed to vice president, corporate communications.


Insperity Inc.

Deanna Hagan:

Hagan has been promoted to regional sales manager of the Phoenix and Denver markets.

Arizona Business Promotions - Deanna Hagan, Insperity


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Audrey Halvorson:

Halvorson has been promoted to vice president of actuarial sales and healthcare economics.

Arizona Business Promotions - Audrey Halvorson, Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Jerome Ford:

Ford has been appointed to assistant director for migratory birds.

Arizona Business Promotions - Jerome Ford, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Commerce Bank of Arizona

Humberto Stevens:

Stevens, vice president, has been appointed to the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Board.

Teresa Nowak:

The Senior Vice President has been appointed to the Catholic Community Services Foundation Board.

 

Arizona Business Promotions - Humberto Stevens, Commerce Bank of ArizonaArizona Business Promotions - Teresa Nowak, Arizona Trauma & Acute Care Consortuim

Arizona Trauma & Acute Care Consortium

Dr. Forrest Moore:

Moore has been promoted to director of research.


More Arizona Business Promotions

Next:  Aug 28, 2011 Promotions

 

US Airways jet

U.S. Airways Plans To Fill 500 Jobs In 2011

US Airways has announced plans to hire 500 pilots and flight attendants next year, in order to fill anticipated job openings due to attrition and retirement.

The company announced today that the 500 would come from the ranks of employees currently on furlough, as well as new hires. The majority of the returning and new employees will be on the job by July.

“Our crew member hiring needs are being driven primarily by planned retirements and attrition, as well as international growth,” said US Airways President Scott Kirby. “Today’s announcement is consistent with our previously announced plan to keep our domestic capacity flat in 2011, while growing international capacity by 8 percent.”

The carrier plans to fill 420 flight attendant positions and 80 pilot positions in 2011. US Airways will first offer the positions to employees currently on furlough. Once that process is completed, the airline will begin hiring new employees.

After the recall, US Airways said it will have no flight attendants on furlough, and may have up to 100 pilots remaining on furlough. When the recall and new hire process is complete, the airline said it will have approximately 4,970 active pilots and 7,300 active flight attendants.