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Arizona hotel, resort renovations ramp up

Posted by   /  March 25, 2019  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

The Phoenician / File photo AZBigMedia You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Well, forget the Joneses. Keeping up with continued, multi-million dollar investments that Arizona’s hotels and resorts are making to enhance the guest and local resident experience each day is far more fun. Here is just a sampling of […]

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Arizona lawmaker still wants the state to take over federal lands

Posted by   /  March 5, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times On its face, Arizona State Representative Mark Finchem’s bill to nudge federal lands into state management is not about transferring ownership. Critics detect a ruse. HB 2547, a Republican-backed measure that would create a new state agency to manage federal public lands, cleared the House last week along […]

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Arizona attorney general says 28 officials broke law by opposing clean-energy measure

Posted by   /  March 5, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic The Arizona Attorney General’s Office says 28 public officials broke the law by advocating against a clean-energy ballot measure during last year’s election and is offering them a chance to settle for $225 each. Six rural towns and counties, as well as utility regulator Andy Tobin, used their public […]

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House approves bill to allow loaded guns inside cars on school campuses

Posted by   /  March 5, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

Current law allows unloaded guns inside cars By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Calling it a matter of constitutional rights, the House of Representatives voted to allow parents and others to drive onto school campuses with loaded weapons in their cars. The 31-27 party-line vote for HB2693 in the Republican-controlled […]

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Arizona income tax credits are 93,000% larger for companies than individuals

Posted by   /  February 25, 2019  /  Economy, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jim Small | Arizona Mirror If you’ve ever wanted proof that Arizona’s tax laws are skewed in the favor of businesses and not individuals, here it is: The average income tax credit claimed by corporations is 93,286% larger than the average income tax credit claimed by individuals. In tax year 2016, the last year […]

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Auditor General: Hit by recession, Arizona’s water department 10 years behind

Posted by   /  February 12, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

  By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times A decade after the recession cut its budget and staffing to the bone, the state agency tasked with making sure Arizona has a solid water supply is 10 years behind in key elements of groundwater management, according to a recent report by the state auditor general’s office. […]

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Bill allows for double dipping on tax deductions

Posted by   /  February 7, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Hoping to help charities fearing changes in federal tax laws, a House panel voted Wednesday to let Arizona residents take both the standard deduction on state tax forms and also write off their charitable giving. But that generosity could reduce state tax collections by […]

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Dueling bills aim to outlaw texting while driving

Posted by   /  February 4, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Ahwatukee Foothills News The days of texting while driving or even chatting with a phone next to your ear may soon be at an end in Arizona. And the reason could be the death of a police officer at the hands of a texting motorist. A […]

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Republican legislator calls for a state Lt. Gov.

Posted by   /  January 31, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times A Republican lawmaker is again asking voters to give Arizona a lieutenant governor, a role that would supersede the secretary of state as first in the line of succession for the governor’s office. The maneuver may raise eyebrows given its timing. Arizona voters just elected a Democrat, Katie […]

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As tax-filing season begins, Republicans in Arizona Legislature move to add clarity

Posted by   /  January 29, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

  By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic The uncertainty hanging over tax-filing season in Arizona received a bit of clarity Monday, as Republicans in the Legislature advanced two bills to ensure taxpayers don’t face increases due to changes at the federal level. At the same time, a representative from the Department of Revenue said that […]

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