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Senate panel OKs ‘jobs’ bill on 5-2 vote

After a lengthy hearing attended by dozens of lobbyists for business groups and various individual corporations, a Senate panel today approved a heavily amended bill that aims to spur job growth through tax cuts to all businesses and tax credits for companies that create new high-wage jobs in Arizona.

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Supporters: 2 studios would not build without incentives (access required)

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.

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Arizona poised to sue feds over health care

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.

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