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Small businesses need a paid leave program

We have a unique opportunity to learn from the lesson the pandemic has taught us about how difficult it is to manage unexpected employee absences without a plan. Let’s put that plan into place. For the first time in my lifetime, we’re on the precipice of guaranteeing that we won’t lose our jobs or miss a paycheck just because we or a loved one gets sick, or if we choose to have a child.

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Ask the right water question

There are thankful ranchers across Arizona, myself included, after an extraordinary monsoon season that filled our scorched dirt tanks with water and re-seeded our rangelands with knee-high green grass. But well below the surface, and just up-stream, the drought persists.

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We need energy reliability and affordability, not power outages

Americans have been hoping for economic recovery and a return to normalcy. Instead, they’re  experiencing ongoing pandemic concerns and the ravages of wildfires and hurricanes. And adding to their woes, they’re now increasingly worried that the electricity grid on which they depend could fail when they need it most.  

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Future hinges on new energy infrastructure

The U.S. energy market is changing more rapidly and dramatically than anyone would have predicted. A steep decline in the price of solar-generated electricity, combined with the rising cost of coal and gas-fired electricity, has turned energy economics on its head. This is particularly true here in the Southwest. 

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