Arizona's post-recession budget situation continues to improve as the state begins a new fiscal year in better shape than had been expected. The legislative budget staff says tax revenue was $145 million more than anticipated during the fiscal year that ended June 30.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 »
SIERRA VISTA — A southern Arizona college is relying on local property owners to contribute to its budget. The Sierra Vista Herald reports the Cochise College governing board will consider a 2 percent increase in the property tax rate during a hearing Tuesday on next year's budget.Read More »
Policymakers often point to the state’s conservative spending plan that eschewed accounting gimmicks and set aside money for rainy days as the biggest victory of the Republican supermajority.Read More »
State tax collections continue to outpace expectations, and April general fund revenues were boosted by an unexpected spike in individual income tax collections.Read More »
Arizona’s economy is picking up, albeit full recovery is still a few years away, economists from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business said at a forum today.Read More »