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It’s time for Arizona to update its alcohol laws

It’s time for Arizona to update its alcohol laws

The craft beer, farm wine, and small-batch spirit industries are creating some of the most exciting businesses in Arizona. Yet the laws that govern alcohol distribution in this state, many enacted following Prohibition nearly a century ago, often look like arbitrary mishmash.

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‘Free the Grapes’ bill will expand Arizona’s wine industry

‘Free the Grapes’ bill will expand Arizona’s wine industry

Developing local economic opportunity was important to me as mayor of Phoenix. It still is. Arizona is fortunate to have a governor like Doug Ducey who is committed to making Arizona succeed in the new global economy. Like ordering a car service from an app on your phone like Uber, allowing adults to order wine online or over the phone to be shipped to their home or office will send a message that Arizona is ready to compete.

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First Things First money should be given to public schools

First Things First money should be given to public schools

In 2006, Arizona voters passed a cigarette tax based on the promise of funding early childhood development programs through a newly created organization named “First Things First.” Taxpayers have become the victim of this promise, which was a great idea that has been misshapen and lost its way and original mission.

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School choice should be an everyday mission

School choice should be an everyday mission

Near the spot where he took the oath of office last year, Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated National School Choice Week with students and their families from across Arizona. Organizing the event are the same groups that, over the past decade and before, disagreed over issues such as school funding and academic standards and in some instances even sued Arizona over how to provide a quality education for every child.

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