Aug 26, 2013

Saving a railway

The Arizona Commerce Authority’s deal-closing fund became more of a deal-making fund during the 2013 legislative session, opening the possibility that more special projects could be in the agency’s future.

Apr 12, 2013

Lawmakers continue their quest to use gold and silver as legal tender

The Arizona Senate is poised to take a final vote on a bill to recognize gold and silver as legal tender in the state, but officials are at least a year away — if not longer — from setting up a system for Arizonans to use gold and silver to make purchases.

Feb 19, 2013

Energy efficiency bill stalls in House

A House committee on Monday held a bill to allow businesses to borrow against their property taxes to purchase energy efficient upgrades for their commercial properties.

Aug 23, 2010

Licensing overload; Financial Institutions has thousands of new businesses to license, regulate

A state law nearly doubling the amount of loan originators and brokers who must be licensed and monitored by the state has increased the workload of a staff already struggling to keep up with approving new mortgage-originator licenses, regulating existing businesses and protecting consumers.

Aug 20, 2010

UpClose with Lauren Kingry

Lauren Kingry was looking for a way to make some money while attending Friends University in Wichita, Kan., where he took a job working as a mail boy in a family-owned bank. He had no idea it would be the beginning of a four-decade career in banking, leading to a position overseeing the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, the regulating agency for 3,800 businesses across the state.