Arizona Business News


Cities Worry About Losing Millions With Proposed Flat Tax
Republicans in the state Legislature appear headed toward implementing a version of a flat tax for Arizona. Cities across the state say if that happens, they could stand to lose millions of dollars.
April 21, 2021
Scottsdale Passes LGBTQ Inclusive Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
On Tuesday, the Scottsdale City Council unanimously passed an LGBTQ inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance. Scottsdale joins Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Tempe and other cities that have adopted an ordinance to fully protect LGBTQ families and individuals from discrimination in public accommodations, employment and housing in the city.
April 21, 2021
Study: Meatpacking Plants Cause $11.2B In Negative Economic Impact
More than 330,000 COVID-19 cases are attributable to meatpacking plants, resulting in $11.2 billion in economic damage.
April 21, 2021
Peoria Trying To Increase Recycling, Decrease Contamination
Peoria is undertaking a pilot project to see if it can get its residents to recycle more, and to stop putting things that are not recyclable into the recycling bins.
April 20, 2021
Phoenix Parks Has New Smoke-Free Policy
Out of the 10 largest U.S. cities, Phoenix said it was the only one that allowed smoking in city parks — until recently.
April 20, 2021
GOP Lawmakers Looking To Move AZ Toward Flat Tax
April 20 is the 100th day of the legislative session, which is when, in theory, lawmakers wrap up their work for the year. In practice, however, the session is still going strong, and the Arizona Legislature still has to do the one thing they’re required by the state constitution to do: approve a new state budget.
April 20, 2021
Arizona Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To New Education Tax
The Arizona Supreme Court will hear an expedited constitutional challenge Tuesday to a new voter-approved tax on high-earning Arizonans that was designed to boost school funding.
April 20, 2021
State Has Lottery For New Licenses For Adult-Use Marijuana In Rural AZ
The state Department of Health Services had a drawing for adult-use marijuana dispensary licenses in rural Arizona on Monday.
April 19, 2021
Jobs Grow In Sonora For 3 Months Straight
Employment numbers in neighboring Sonora are improving. While logging one of the biggest jumps in formal jobs over the last three months, Sonora is still below the employment levels it had in February 2020.
April 19, 2021
$21M For Schools To Hire Counselors, Social Workers
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman has announced she’s allocating $21.3 million to hire more school counselors and social workers statewide as part of the School Safety Grant program.
April 19, 2021
Mexico Enters The U.S. Treasury Monitoring List
During the last month, the Mexican peso has gained strength in the exchange market, going from about 21 units per dollar to somewhere above 19. The U.S. Treasury plans to have a closer look at Mexico's currency practices.
April 19, 2021
Mexico’s President Wants Trees, Crops And Visas From The U.S.
Mexico’s president has a plan to try to stop climate change and Central American migration simultaneously. And to make it happen, he wants support from the United States.
April 19, 2021
Effort To Phase Out Subminimum Wage Could Impact Some Arizonans With Disabilities
Earlier this month, lawmakers introduced federal legislation that would phase out something called subminimum wage. A provision that lets certain employers pay people with disabilities less than the minimum wage. If passed, it could impact some Arizonans with disabilities.
April 19, 2021
Phoenix Mayor, 4 Council Members Sworn In Monday
Kate Gallego was sworn in Monday to begin serving her first full term as Phoenix mayor. During a virtual ceremony, she addressed some potential new programs going into the next fiscal year that starts July 1.
April 19, 2021
Boas: Gov. Ducey Played By Tribes, Bookies, Dems
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that will legalize gambling on sporting events, and he and the state’s Native American tribes agreed to a new gaming compact that will — among other things — lead to the construction of at least four new casinos. Ducey celebrated the achievements as bipartisan efforts that would turn out to be wins for the state, but not everyone agrees — including Republic columnist Bob Robb.
April 19, 2021
Homelessness, Public Safety, Climate Action: Key Issues For New Phoenix City Council
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and four councilmembers took their oaths of office Monday. The swearing-in ceremony includes two newcomers to the City Council, and their priorities could drastically shape the city’s future.
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April 19, 2021
Arizona Restaurant Workers Arent Returning To Jobs
Eased restrictions on Arizona restaurants haven’t made it easy to reestablish service to pre-pandemic levels. That’s because many workers who were employed in the service industry aren’t coming back to it for a number of reasons.
April 18, 2021
Kingman Still Investigating Cyberattack
Kingman residents are now able to use the city's pay portal for utility bills as investigators still try to determine the extent of a cyber-breach in late February.
April 17, 2021
Stanley Black & Decker To Open Plant In Hermosillo
The toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker is going to open a plant in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo. The facility will be the company's fourth in Mexico and is expected to employ roughly 1,800 people.
April 16, 2021
Gambling Addicts Fear New Betting Bill Is Shortsighted
Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday signed into law a bill that opens sports betting in Arizona, but those who have a gambling addiction find the new law lacking.
April 16, 2021