With a fiscal crisis that forced billions of dollars in state government cuts mainly over, the Arizona Legislature enters its 2013 session Monday with a budget surplus but little appetite among majority Republicans to loosen the purse strings. The state has socked away about $450 million in a rainy day fund and has more than $1 billion in total surplus going into the budget year that begins July 1.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer won’t decide on Friday whether to establish a state-run health insurance exchange after U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today extended the deadline to Dec. 14.Read More »
Arizona’s economy would benefit if elected officials followed the lead of states including Utah and New Mexico that have established government-supported programs promoting venture capital investment, two business groups contend.Read More »
A years-long quest to drastically lower property taxes on business equipment is finally on the ballot, without even a hint of organized opposition. Proposition 116 would amend the Arizona Constitution to raise the limit on the amount of business personal property that is exempt from property taxes. The ballot measure would raise the exemption from $68,000 to the equivalent of the average annual earnings of 50 workers, which comes out to about $2.4 million.Read More »
Supporters of the Quality Education and Jobs Initiative celebrated on the steps of the Maricopa County Superior Courthouse today, moments after Judge Robert Oberbillig overturned the Secretary of States’ decision that more than 290,000 of the group’s petition signatures were invalid due to a paperwork error.Read More »
The city of Phoenix is launching a plan to invest up to $50 million in public money with banks and credit unions in the metro area with the goal of providing them with the capital to make loans to businesses and individuals.Read More »
WASHINGTON – Arizona got a grade of D for its legal protections for employees who need to take family or medical leave, in a recent national report ranking states on their health leave laws. But the state was in good company: The report by the National Partnership for Women and Families gave grades of D or F to 34 states for their leave policies for both public- and private-sector workers.Read More »
Arizona retailers are planning to increase the pressure on lawmakers to force online retailers to collect state sales tax.
The Arizona Retailers Association is concocting a public-relations campaign to intensify awareness and garner support for an online sales tax.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she opposes a proposed state sales tax increase. Initiative petitions filed last month would have Arizona voters decide in November on a permanent increase of a penny on the dollar.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court says there are limits on liability of companies whose employees are involved in accidents while on out-of-town assignments.Read More »