Arizona Business News


Lawmakers are nowhere close to a budget. Heres why
Committee work is pretty much done at the Arizona Capitol — at least until budget bills are introduced. As it inches closer to the end of the fiscal year on June 30, there’s talk of lawmakers taking a break until they have an actual budget proposal to consider.
March 28, 2024
Gas taxes are falling short thanks to EVs, hybrids. Heres how states can close the gap fairly
The Arizona House late last month defeated a proposal that would have created a $135 annual registration fee for owners of electric vehicles. Arizona and other states have been trying to figure out how to pay for transportation projects like road repairs, when gas tax revenue isn’t necessarily keeping up with the needs.
March 28, 2024
Study: Slow GDP growth in U.S. is tied to a lack of foreign-born workers
A new study from the nonpartisan National Foundation for American Policy says the U.S. GDP is growing more slowly than it has in the past because fewer working-age immigrants are coming here.
March 28, 2024
Hear the voices of families, victims at a town hall on Arizona’s sober living home scandal
On Tuesday night, both rural and urban Natives traveled from near and far to the site of a former boarding school at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix to share the devastating impacts of a sober-living-home scandal that gained widespread notoriety after the shutdown of more than 300 facilities last year.
March 28, 2024
Wrigley Mansion sommelier gives his take in natural wine vs. traditionally made wine debate
Wrigley Mansion sommelier Mark Guilladeu spoke with The Show about the debate among wine-drinkers about which is better: natural wine or traditionally made wine.
March 27, 2024
Al Beadle house is just the latest. Why doesnt Phoenix protect its history?
I was out of town when the news about architect Alfred Beadle’s midcentury White Gates building broke a couple of weeks ago. The fuming reached me in angry emails and text messages and social media posts.
March 27, 2024
Suit: Strip clubs spiked drinks, faked $187K charge
Patrons of strip clubs in Scottsdale and Tempe claim they were drugged, kidnapped and had their credit cards charged as much as $187,000 for a night of entertainment. They are plaintiffs in a RICO lawsuit typically used against organized crime syndicates and terrorists.
March 27, 2024
Prickly podcast: Little-known election with big impact
While most of the focus in Arizona recently has been on last week’s presidential preference election, there’s another election going on that could have wide-ranging effects on many residents’ everyday lives.
March 27, 2024
Phoenix will require city contractors to have a heat-safety plan
Phoenix will require contractors with employees working outside to follow measures intended to prevent heat injury and illness following a City Council vote Tuesday. Officials estimate the move will affect about 10,000 workers.
March 27, 2024
Program brings shade trees to low-income schools
As the weather begins to warm up, the city of Phoenix is kicking off a new program to plant more shade trees around schools.
March 26, 2024
GOP resolution would make tips exception to $18 Arizona minimum wage initiative
GOP lawmakers at the state Capitol are advancing a measure that would let businesses pay employees who work for tips less than the minimum wage. It’s a ballot referral that, if passed, would let voters decide the issue.
March 26, 2024
Hearing set on FTCs proposed rule to ban junk fees
The Federal Trade Commission has pitched a rule to forbid so-called junk fees. A virtual hearing is scheduled at 10 a.m. April 24.
March 25, 2024
Mexicos suit against AZ gun stores to move forward
A lawsuit brought by the government of Mexico against five Arizona gun stores is allowed to move forward. It’s the latest movement on a pair of cases filed by Mexico over guns trafficked across the border.
March 25, 2024
The U.S. has been fighting poverty for decades. One expert says it doesn’t have to be this way
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated more than 11% of the country’s population was at or below the poverty line. Matt Desmond, though, says there are things all of us can do to try to reduce that number.
March 25, 2024
Scottsdale residents can offer input on changes to code for short-term rentals
Scottsdale residents have until March 31 to provide feedback on three proposed amendments to city code that help to regulate short-term rentals.
March 25, 2024
Phoenix restaurant Barrio Café closing after more than 20 years in business
The popular Phoenix restaurant Barrio Café announced last week it would be closing down in May. Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza said she would be retiring after more than two decades in business
March 24, 2024
AG asking court to take control of assisted living facility
The Arizona Attorney General is asking a court to take control of a Mesa assisted living facility. Last week, Attorney General Kris Mayes filed a lawsuit alleging elder abuse and consumer fraud by the owners of Heritage Village Assisted Living.
March 24, 2024
Home designed by Al Beadle could be demolished
A historic Phoenix home designed by famed architect Al Beadle could be demolished after it was recently purchased. Known as White Gates, the white rectangular home was built in 1954
March 24, 2024
Tempe approves contract to revitalize Mill Avenue
Tempe city officials recently approved a $4.4 million contract to give historic Mill Avenue a face-lift. The upgrades are part of the Refresh Tempe initiative.
March 23, 2024
Lawmakers take steps to kill the Arizona Commerce Authority
A state agency that helps bring business to Arizona is one step closer to shutting down.
March 22, 2024