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Brewer to participate in corporate groundbreaking

Gov. Jan Brewer and the head of Arizona’s economic development program are scheduled to participate in a corporate groundbreaking ceremony. Clear Energy Systems is breaking ground today for its new corporate facility in Tempe. Besides Brewer, participants include Arizona Commerce ...

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Commerce Authority backs off controversial ‘stipends’ (access required)

The Arizona Commerce Authority announced late Friday afternoon that it will not be awarding the $5,000 stipends it had earlier promised to15 companies eliminated from a competitive grant program.

The Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick sent a letter to the ACA earlier this month, warning that the awards for unsuccessful semifinalists in the agency’s Innovation Challenge could be a violation of a constitutional provision banning government gifts to private companies, unless the money creates a tangible public benefit.

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