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Construction unemployment improves in 35 states

Posted by   /  October 2, 2017  /  Economy, Real Estate  /  No Comments

AZBEX Courtesy of Associated Builders and Contractors The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August, down 0.4 percent from a year ago and the lowest August rate on record, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Unemployment rates were also down in 35 states on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis today by Associated Builders and […]

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Goldwater Institute argues cost of living should be factored into policymaking

Posted by   /  October 2, 2017  /  Economy, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Arizona Daily Independent Most people would probably say that with its purportedly higher incomes and higher minimum wage, California is a more prosperous state than, say, Mississippi. But as a new paper out today from the Goldwater Institute explains, our understanding of which states truly have the rosiest financial picture is greatly skewed—since the federal […]

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Moo-ve over: Arizona farms bring in $4.1B in revenues

Posted by   /  September 28, 2017  /  Economy, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Tom Perumean | KTAR Much like the rest of the state’s economy, Arizona’s agricultural engine is roaring along, pumping billions into the pockets of farmers and putting food on the tables of America’s homes. According to the USDA, Arizona farm revenues amounting to $4.1 billion have propelled the state to sixth on the list […]

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Is Phoenix the coffee capital of the Southwest?

Posted by   /  September 28, 2017  /  Economy, Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

By Kristine Hansen | VOGUE Arizona’s largest city has long been linked with golf, spas, and desert hikes. Coffee took a backseat as cities such as Seattle and Portland enticed folks to sip pour-over, single-origin brew. Now, with a cluster of new indie cafés, Phoenix is poised to be the coffee capital of the Southwest. […]

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What are cities spending big on? Increasingly, it’s debt

Posted by   /  September 27, 2017  /  Economy, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Many have gotten themselves into a fiscal squeeze paying bills they ran up decades ago. View data for Phoenix, other cities By Mike Macaig | Governing When citizens think about where local taxpayer money goes, they often assume it pays for things like public safety, snow removal and trash collection — routine operating expenses that […]

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Arizona poverty remains among highest in nation, despite recent gains

Posted by   /  September 26, 2017  /  Economy, Featured News  /  No Comments

The poverty rate in Arizona fell faster than the rate in the rest of the nation from 2014 to 2016, but the state’s 16.4 percent poverty rate was still the eighth-highest in the country that year./ Photo by Steve Snodgrass/Creative Commons By Joel T. Vernile | Cronkite News Despite posting a sharp decrease in its poverty rate […]

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To tax or not to tax: That is the question

Posted by   /  September 25, 2017  /  Economy, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

The Legislature in June created a special committee to study implications associated with the taxation of digital goods and services By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer The Joint Legislative Ad Hoc Study Committee on the Tax Treatment of Digital Goods and Services met this month under the purview to include a review of the current position […]

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The large parts of America left behind by today’s economy

Posted by   /  September 25, 2017  /  Economy  /  No Comments

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By Kim Hart | Axios What that means: U.S. geographical economic inequality is growing, meaning your economic opportunity is more tied to your location than ever before. A large portion of the country is being left behind by today’s economy, according to a county-by-county report released this morning by the Economic Innovation Group, a non-profit research and advocacy […]

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Hospice of the Valley receives $50,000 gift from Michael Pollack

Posted by   /  September 25, 2017  /  Economy  /  No Comments

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Michael Pollack in various capacities Scottsdale Independent Hospice of the Valley, a not-for-profit that cares for people nearing the end of life, has received a $50,000 donation from Michael A. Pollack, president and founder of Mesa-based Pollack Investments. “Because of Michael’s extraordinary generosity, we are able to provide the highest quality […]

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Population growth means a city is thriving, or does it?

Posted by   /  September 22, 2017  /  Economy, Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

Public officials and reporters alike adopt the myth that bigger is better. That’s not always the case. By J.B. Wogan | Governing Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases its latest data on cities and population growth. The reaction is always the same: News outlets look at the numbers showing which places gained and which […]

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