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Employers escape sanctions, while undocumented risk lives & prosecution

Over a 12-month period ending in March, only 11 individuals were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers and only three received any jail time. Companies prosecuted for undocumented employees: zero.... Read more»

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Ducey supports plan to close border, but Trump announces year delay

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gave conditional support Wednesday to a “short as possible” border shutdown, then shifted the blame to Congress. But President Trump announced Thursday that he'll put off closing crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

Labor Dep't waters down injury reporting rule targeted by business

A requirement that employers disclose more information about worker injuries to safety officials and the public has been scaled back by the Trump administration.... Read more»

With smack-talking invective, lawyer groups appeal to public as one big jury pool

Athletes are legendary trash talkers. But the business groups that howl about bogus lawsuits and plaintiff lawyers who claim to fight for ordinary folks victimized by corporations aren’t exactly slouches either. Here's Exhibit A:... Read more»

Trans-Pacific trade debate makes for unusual allies, antagonists

Arizona exported $13.3 billion in goods in 2015 to the 11 Pacific Rim countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That number accounted for 58 percent of the state’s total exports that year. But President Donald Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the TPP.... Read more»

Trump's Mexico tariff plan hits wall of opposition

The White House is considering a 20 percent tax on imports as a way to pay for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border. Details of the plan were not available from the White House, which shifted positions several times over the course of the afternoon Thursday, but the broad outlines of an import tax were enough to earn the ire of businesses, lawmakers and some policy groups.... Read more»

Az defense firms may see Trump spending bump, but not soon

Defense businesses in Arizona that have been hit hard in recent years by a downturn in contract spending are looking to a Trump administration for possible relief – but experts said that could take years to arrive.... Read more»

Prop. 206 FAQ: What you need to know about Az's minimum wage increase

Whether you're a small business owner or an hourly worker, here's what you need to know about the provisions of Arizona's minimum wage increase, which will go into effect on Sunday, Jan. 1, after the state Supreme Court declined to block the measure approved by 58 percent of voters in November.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Full disclosure: Clean Elections measure needs work to push transparency

A citizen's initiative to change state law to — get this — require disclosure and clean up the state's elections faces a big hurdle: getting on the ballot. The idea of disclosure is pretty frickin' simple and would seem to be the bare minimum in an advanced democracy. However, in Arizona even criminal scandal-gates surrounding buying favors aren't enough to rouse action. ... Read more»

Marijuana initiative tops Az campaign fundraising in 2015

About $9.7 million poured into state-level political campaigns in 2015, but a ballot measure aimed at legalizing marijuana use for adults accounted for almost $1.1 million of that figure, outraising every other campaign committee during the non-election year.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hamer: Grand Canyon Watershed monument proposal should be shelved

Arizona and the federal government have historically enjoyed a multiple-use partnership on the almost 70 percent of land in the state that is federally controlled. President Obama's proposed monument designation completely upends that partnership.... Read more»

Arizona continues push to open new uranium mines near Grand Canyon

Arizona officials continue to support a federal court battle to allow new uranium mining operations on a million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Hong Kong commissioner: Az entrepreneurs need to branch out

There are many similarities between Arizona and Hong Kong, said Clement Leung, the Chinese city's commissioner to the U.S. He wants local entrepreneurs to meet face-to-face with their Asian counterparts more often.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

'Scab' labor threatens to prolong Sun Tran strike, scramble Tucson election

From the start, the city has thrown in with management by not throwing a few more bucks into the kitty. Standing with Sun Tran's strategy means standing with their tactics. Now, that means "scab" labor, which has union leaders calling this a "pivotal point."... Read more»3

Nat'l report card gives Az schools a D for academics

Arizona schools got a ‘D’ for their overall academic achievement on a national report card released Thursday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In all, 20 states got a D or worse for students' academic achievement, and U.S. schools again trailed other countries.... Read more»

Commentary

Washington's cynical misinformation game

In most of our country’s major institutions, we have little tolerance for cheating and lying. Whether it’s the court system, schools, businesses, even our sports teams, we impose stiff sanctions against those who deceive us to gain some advantage. Yet there is one arena in which misleading the public not only is abided but is the norm: politics. In fact, much of what constitutes political discourse in this country is now built on a foundation of dishonesty. ... Read more»

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