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.
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. → More Arizona Business News
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.
Alison Daniels and Nick Harper live in Phoenix’s Willo neighborhood. When Arizona shut down last year, they started hosting live concerts on their front porch. They said it was a safe way to bring their neighbors together and to support local artists. But Phoenix police shut the concerts down last weekend.
Last week, United Airlines announced an initiative to train 5,000 pilots by 2030 at Deer Valley Airport. United also announced their intention to diversify their flight staff to better reflect the demographics of their passengers and the American population.
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New numbers are out, and Arizona's unemployment rate improved last month as more people in the state are beginning to go out to eat. Full recovery is a long way off, but this a good step. → More Arizona Business News
Oak Flat in Pinal County has become the centerpiece of the battles between Native American tribes to preserve their sacred land and mining companies that want to generate revenue and create jobs. Washington Post Reporter Dana Hedgpeth recently wrote about Oak Flat.
The affordable housing crisis is well-known across Arizona, but a new analysis from the Urban Land Institute puts that problem into a little more context. The 2021 Home Attainability Index ranks the Phoenix area as one of the 24 least affordable regions of the country; that includes both rental homes and those for purchase.
Arguments against the expansion of gambling in Arizona have been either silent or limited, a far cry from decades ago when even the creation of a lottery was seen as something that was immoral and harmful to society. To find out what changed, The Show spoke with Gaming Historian David Schwartz.
Recent action by lawmakers means Arizonans can expect state-sanctioned sports gambling to soon join cannabis on the list of recent taboos made legal. Gov. Doug Ducey’s expected signature unlocks 20 licenses to run a sports book.
State transportation officials have endorsed a five-year-construction plan they say would invest more than $1 billion in freeway preservation projects. Friday is the public’s first of three chances to give feedback on the draft.