New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands — and the drinking water of 117 million Americans — are being praised by environmentalists as a victory for clean water and criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.Read More »
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A new study shows the Tucson area is among the worst in the nation to work for a small business.Read More »
Small businesses could start offering a stake in their companies to investors online through equity crowdfunding if a bill authored by Rep. Jeff Weninger and Sen. David Farnsworth passes.Read More »
Showdown looms over electrical deregulation
For a century, public utilities have produced and delivered electricity to homes and industries in a system that guarantees their profit and ensures steady service to residents.
Now, the Arizona Corporation Commission is considering whether to shake up the monopolies and bring competition to the state.
Small businesses in Arizona employ 46 percent of the private-sector workforce. They are an important economic engine to the state, and to the nation. But the uncertainty in Washington makes it difficult for them to live up to the full potential that we all know small business can be. When I was voted CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), I made it a priority to engage our more than 11,000 member-companies to lead and educate them on a number of factors that are vitally important to their businesses, including the ever-changing policy and fiscal environment. But now I find myself at a loss for answers to questions about the future of the nation.Read More »
The only bill in a Republican budget-balancing package to draw bipartisan support from members of an Arizona House committee was one opposed by small businesses.Read More »