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Arizona added 1,000 manufacturing jobs over the past month

Arizona continues to surpass the nation in adding manufacturing jobs, with an increase of 9,000 over the past year and 1,000 over the month. But metro Tucson's manufacturing growth rate landed in fifth place behind other metro areas. ... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Beware Ducey bearing the moon for K-12

We can trust the Legislature to look for ways to shortchange K-12 spending like we can trust fish to swim. So the constitutional amendment path is the way to go because it orders the governor and lawmakers to pay up for education, and end a quarter-century tradition of neglect.... Read more»

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Huckelberry: Preserving iconic courthouse through adaptive reuse

For mostly all of its nearly 90-year history, the Pima County Historic Courthouse was exactly that, a courthouse. Last month, the Board of Supervisors approved leases by the UA Mineral Museum and Visit Tucson, giving this grand old building a new life as a tourist attraction and resource center. ... Read more»

Glendale candidate claims support of dead voters in attempt to get public campaign funding

In early March, Phoenix-area Democratic legislative candidate Larry Herrera filed 255 signatures to qualify for public campaign funding. Among them was a form signed on Feb. 3, 2018, by Bernadine Barbara Misiak. Except Misiak died in November 2016.... Read more»

Top off-road vehicle maker Polaris to pay record $27M penalty over fire risks

Polaris Industries has agreed to pay $27.25 million – a record penalty – to settle charges that it failed to immediately notify federal officials about a fire hazard on its recreational off-highway vehicles that regulators have linked to at least one death and more than 180 fires.... Read more»

As teachers rally for higher pay, Az’s tax code exempts $13.5B from collection

If lawmakers and Gov. Ducey were inclined to find money for teachers, one place they could go looking is in the taxes that the state doesn't collect: Arizona allowed more than $13.5 billion in taxes to go uncollected in fiscal year 2017, thanks to a litany of exemptions, deductions, allowances, exclusions or credits. ... Read more»

AARP, critic of scams aimed at seniors, draws flak for own membership marketing

In its newsletters and magazines, in congressional testimony and on its website, AARP warns seniors about deceptive direct mail and other dubious marketing come-ons as part of its mission to protect members from financial abuses. But the huge advocacy group’s own aggressive efforts to coax seniors to join or renew their memberships also have drawn a burst of criticism.... Read more»

Factcheck: Will Trump's wall pay for itself?

President Donald Trump cited a contested report from an organization that advocates low immigration to claim that a wall along the southern border will pay for itself, because those stopped from illegally crossing would not be a burden on taxpayers.... Read more»

City offices closed Friday for Cesar Chavez Day

Tucson city offices will be closed Friday in honor of civil rights and labor leader César Chávez. The city established the paid holiday in 2014.... Read more»

Commerce sec. overruled Census officials to add citizenship question

Wilbur Ross wrote a memo arguing that the benefits of the controversial question would outweigh any harm... Read more»

Arizona poised for hefty 2018 election spending

There were no statewide or legislative elections in 2017, but the year marked the most prolific campaign fundraising year since the state began keeping the records in an electronic database, setting up the 2018 election for massive political spending.... Read more»

Arizonans seemed to be feeling better about economy, at least through February

The state's February employment report shows that hiring increased at private schools and home and garden stores. Metro Tucson added 4,500 jobs over the year, and our unemployment rate is second best in the state.... Read more»

Ducey campaign double reports $1.1 million in contributions

Campaign finance reports summarizing the money raised and spent by Arizona political committees during 2017 show more than $1 million in contributions that have been double reported because of how money raised by Gov. Doug Ducey’s joint fundraising committee has been documented.... Read more»

'Project Wildcat' to bring massive Amazon distribution center to Tucson

A planned Amazon warehouse on Tucson's Southeast Side could be as large as a million square feet, with hundreds of employees laboring for the online giant. Officials were tight-lipped, but sources confirmed that the project is in the works.... Read more»

Az expected to add 153k jobs by 2019, with 80% in Maricopa County

In its annual short-term job projection, the Arizona of Economic Opportunity estimates Arizona will gain about 153,000 jobs between the third quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2019. Pima County is expected to gain about 13,300 jobs.The fastest growth will be in suburban Maricopa County.... Read more»

Tucson call center to add 500 jobs

A call center in Tucson has announced plans to hire up to 500 more workers here over the next week.... Read more»

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