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Job growth in Tucson remains sluggish

Metro Tucson in June had 1,900 more people employed than a year earlier, and most of those new jobs were at restaurants and bars. Aerospace, call centers, and financial activities also showed good job growth.... Read more»

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Ducey's water grab threatens the bulk of desert ecology

Arizona's watersheds don't look like the water courses of other states, but that doesn't mean they deserve any less protection. Ours may in fact need more, albeit different, safeguarding — streams don't have to be year-round flowing rivers to be vital to the state's environment and economy.... Read more»1

Arizona taxpayers could pay more as pension costs continue to rise

Pension costs for Arizona police officers and firefighters are rising to the point they are overburdening taxpayers, according to a legislative committee that is seeking reforms.... Read more»

State funds to address unmet ‘time bomb’ maintenance needs for UA

When the Great Recession hit, Arizona’s university budgets were slashed. With a billion-dollar infrastructure plan in the pipeline, the University of Arizona has committed nearly half of its portion to address the maintenance needs that were pushed off for the past decade, and that started causing problems already.... Read more»

Metro Tucson appears to be losing hundreds of high-paying jobs

May surveys from the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity show that not only does metro Tucson continue to lag the rest of the state in job growth but appears to be shedding high-paying professional and business service jobs.... Read more»

Old West history helps corral Az tourists — and not just in Tombstone

The history of railroads, miners, outlaws and cowboys have made Arizona emblematic of the American West. But the state’s Old West history is not just a romantic tale; it's a history that’s been preserved in a variety of ways, some more authentic than others, and a legacy that continues to help many cities and towns prosper.... Read more»

Tucson, other Az cities buck Trump, pledge to stick to Paris climate goals

Arizona cities this week spurned President Trump’s plan to pull the U.S. out of a global emissions compact, with at least three mayors — including Tucson's Jonathan Rothschild — pledging their cities would hew to the emission goals laid out in the Paris accord.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump's claims in climate speech

In announcing that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global accord aimed at addressing climate change, President Donald Trump made more than a few false and misleading claims.... Read more»

Trump plan to exit Paris accord riles Arizona Democrats, warms GOP

President Trump said Thursday the U.S. will withdraw from a global agreement on emissions that “handicaps” the economy, a move that Arizona critics charged will end up harming both the economy and the environment.... Read more»

Group fights to revive Ajo’s economy after decades of recession

Ajo, Arizona, once nearly a ghost town, is in the hands of a single nonprofit seeking to save the economy by getting residents back into school and the workforce.... Read more»

Jobs report: Arizona wages rising faster than nation's

A growing shortage of workers has been driving up average earnings since mid-2015, long before Arizonans voted to increase the minimum wage. In Pima County, the jobless rate not only fell in April to 4.2 percent from 4.4 percent in March but came in lower than the state and national rates. But job growth is still slow.... Read more»

Gallego jumps district lines to hammer McSally in healthcare rally

As part of a political campaign designed to hammer away at Republican members of Congress for their votes on the American Health Care Act, Phoenix-based U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego hosted a town hall in Tucson, honing in on fellow Rep. Martha McSally's turf. ... Read more»1

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Arizona losing the economic Battle of Yesteryear

The whole point of Arizona model of "always low taxes" is to win the battle for business. But it looks like our state is fighting the last battle and losing. We have the stingiest combination of low state spending and high poverty rates in America, and now state leaders — and the state as a whole — are going to have to go back to school to cash in on the changing economy.... Read more»

NAFTA’s impact: Real or imagined, Trump promised to rework it, return jobs to U.S.

Though debate has raged on about NAFTA’s true impact on the U.S. economy since it was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994, the general consensus among economists is that NAFTA has had a positive, if modest, actual impact on the U.S. economy.... Read more»

Arizona's jobless rate drops to 5% amidst robust hiring

About 20,000 people have been getting jobs each month for the first three months of the year in Arizona. While Tucson's job growth remains at the bottom of the list, but the unemployment rate here is lower than the statewide average. The increase in the state's minimum wage don't appear to have stemmed job growth.... Read more»

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Dems' best hope to beat McSally could be a complete nobody

Rep. Martha McSally is in trouble, but to do something about it, the Democrats – the national Democratic establishment – may have to break form and follow the voice of their base. Who can beat McSally? It may be a nobody out there thinking “I'm sick of this … I'm gonna run without apology."... Read more»4

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