job openings, Arizona, Covid, employers, employees, Office of Economic Opportunity
Jul 20, 2023

New figures show job openings rate increases

Thinking of quitting your job? New state economic figures suggest the timing to find better employment may never be better.

affordable housing, Goldwater Institute, zoning
Apr 10, 2023

To solve AZ’s affordable housing crisis, start by getting government out of way

Arizona is facing a housing affordability crisis—and the blame lies largely on the shoulders of local elected officials.

renovations, Senate, House, caucus meetings, Petersen, Toma, Shope
Mar 28, 2023

Legislature spent $8.5 million on renovations, more spending possible

The Senate spent millions on renovations inside the building and a new fence at the Capitol, including more than $20,000 for a new majority caucus table and almost $70,000 on new door handles, but Sen. President Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, said he won’t approve the last $2 million in spending that was originally planned.

trades, Arizona Commerce Authority, electrical, carpentry, contractors,
Jan 22, 2023

Building the future: Trade occupations encouraged as demand for skilled labor grows

The need for skilled people willing to get their hands dirty is growing across the country. But will there be enough craftspeople to meet that demand? The Arizona Commerce Authority estimates that by 2030, the number of people employed in construction and manufacturing jobs in the state is expected to rise 30% and more than 20%, respectively.

containers, Yuma, Sierra Vista, immigration, Ducey, Cochise County, Sierra Club, No More Deaths, Tucson, migrant aid, Santa Cruz County Sheriff David Hathaway, Coronado National Forest, immigration, Hobbs, protesters, AshBritt, Yuma County, Mexico, border, U.S.-Mexico border, Democrat, Republicans, Biden,
Dec 9, 2022

Protesters block shipping container construction on border 

Progress on Gov. Doug Ducey’s shipping container border barrier has been halted in Cochise County since late November as activists stand in front of heavy machinery. 

Grand Canyon National Park, water, Trans-Canyon Waterline, Roaring Springs, North Rim, drought, Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel shale
Oct 21, 2022

Grand Canyon’s water ‘backbone’ to get major overhaul starting this fall

On the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, water from Roaring Springs cascades down Bright Angel shale to the canyon floor below. This continuous spring provides drinking water to millions of visitors who come to the South Rim each year, pumped through a 6-inch aluminum pipe that’s buried beneath the North Kaibab Trail.

home buyers, defects, contractors, construction
Sep 28, 2022

Court: buyers of new homes are entitled to sue builders for defects for several years

Buyers of new homes are entitled to sue builders for hidden defects for up to eight years -- even if they have signed contracts waiving that right, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. 

Feb 21, 2022

Feds donate leftover border wall materials to Texas

The federal government has donated at least $6 million worth of leftover border wall materials to Texas, which will use them for the state’s plan to build its own wall.  The materials bought with federal tax money were donated to that effort despite the fact that on his first day in office, President Joe Biden […]

In this August 2012 photo, a carpenter drives a nail into the frame of a home under construction in Phoenix. (Photo by LeBlanc/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
Feb 8, 2022

What is propelling Valley rental rates? Demand! 

The law of supply and demand is a basic principle of economics, seen in action daily at the grocery store and the gas pump. When demand rises and products grow scarce, prices jump. When supply is high and demand is low, prices fall. That same principle governs the Valley’s housing market. On an average day […]

Feb 1, 2022

Industrial Development Authority committed to its non-profit mission

In its last two regular meetings, the Arizona Industrial Development Authority approved conduit revenue bond issues for 16 projects, including three new charter schools and 13 multifamily apartments that will provide thousands of affordable housing units in the Grand Canyon State. The charter school bond issues will help nonprofit operators build new campuses that offer […]

Jan 20, 2022

Woman acquitted in protest of border wall

A Tohono O’odham woman was found not guilty Wednesday on federal misdemeanor charges stemming from her protest of border wall construction on her tribe’s ancestral land.  The acquittal of Amber Ortega came after a magistrate judge reversed her previous ruling that Ortega couldn’t use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as her defense. After Ortega’s lawyer […]

Feb 6, 2020

House passes bill to cut red tape on border wall construction on private land

Calling it a matter of property rights and security, the state House voted Thursday to let those living along the border to construct walls without first getting local permission or building permits.