Gov. Jan Brewer has made it known to lawmakers that she wants them to delay a host of corporate tax cuts until 2013 when her temporary tax increase would expire, though she stopped short of saying she would veto the bill sponsored by House Speaker Kirk Adams.Read More »
To attract new businesses and create jobs in Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer isn't looking to restructure or revamp the Department of Commerce. She's looking to eliminate it.
Brewer on April 14 announced plans to scrap the entire department and replace it with the Arizona Commerce Authority, a private sector-led operation that would narrow the state's economic development efforts to a handful of key industries.
The Senate Finance Committee has pulled the plug on a bill that would have extended the life of the payday industry. The committee was set to hear on April 7 a "strike-everything amendment" on a bill that was the industry's final attempt to continue operating.Read More »
A study sponsored by the Arizona Tourism Alliance paints a grim picture for the industry unless the state reverses some of the budget cuts that already have been approved.Read More »
Perhaps the biggest booster of the Arizona Office of Tourism is the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, a public policy advocate for the industry that represents more than 400 hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts throughout the state.Read More »
Despite losing about 65 percent of its budget in the midst of a severe statewide economic crunch, the outlook at the Arizona Office of Tourism seems as bright as the Arizona sun.Read More »
The nationwide recession delivered a heavy uppercut to Arizona's tourism industry, but state tourism officials are hoping to avoid a knockout blow by leaning more heavily on foreign travelers.Read More »
Could Arizona be the next Mecca for film production companies? Supporters of a bill that aims to extend tax credits for film producers believe the state has that potential. They say it has the scenery, the proximity to California and the ability to develop a talent pool that would be sufficient for big-time productions.Read More »
Supporters of a bill that aims to extend tax credits for motion picture companies face a new hurdle: A fiscal analysis shows the program would cost the state as much as $40 million beginning in fiscal 2012.Read More »
The Legislature is moving ahead with plans to give Gov. Jan Brewer and lawmakers the authority to sue the federal government over the health care law, even though lawmakers pushing for a lawsuit were unable to fully explain the legal basis for a court challenge.Read More »