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Obama's numbers, April update

Corporations and stockholders are still prospering under Barack Obama’s presidency, while the economy steadily adds more jobs and millions sign up for health insurance under Obamacare. Wages remain stagnant for those who have jobs, and there are still 3.7 million who have been jobless for six months or more. U.S. oil production is booming and dependence on oil imports is plunging, but the national debt has now almost exactly doubled under this president, and historically large deficits continue.... Read more»

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Poll: 70% of teachers not engaged in their work

Almost 70 percent of teachers are not engaged, according to a Gallup report. Here’s why that matters so much to student performance.... Read more»

Phx leaders propose requiring city contractors to pay women, men equally

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and two councilwomen say they will seek an ordinance requiring city contractors to provide equal pay for male and female employees. Stanton says gender wage discrimination “is simply something we cannot tolerate anymore.”... Read more»

Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth mayors back bullet train

The mayors of Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth on Thursday announced their unified support for the construction of a privately funded bullet train between the two metropolitan regions.... Read more»

Mayor doesn't believe D-M will close, with or without A-10

In a wide-ranging interview about the future of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said that while he does not expect the base to be closed or sharply reduced in scale as the military cuts spending, “people should always be considering Plan B, even if there’s not a lot of reality to it.”... Read more»

Low-wage earners can't afford Arizona housing

Arizona is in the top 20 most expensive states for rental housing, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2014 Out of Reach report.... Read more»

Gov't shutdown cost Az national parks $27 million

The one-month drop in spending was the second-largest in the nation, trailing only California, the National Park Service said. Most of the decline came from the Grand Canyon, which saw spending fall $17 million in October compared to the same month in previous years.... Read more»1

Bill would disclose which companies get state tax credits

Arizonans deserve a better accounting of what they get in return for in state tax credits given each year to companies, a public interest advocate says. HB 2586, authored by Darin Mitchell, R-Litchfield Park, which would require the Arizona Department of Revenue to produce an annual report on recipients of five state tax credits.... Read more»

Bar none: Two Az women fight to help lawyers in military families

Passing the bar is tough enough, but lawyers with military spouses have to face the exam - and its costs - every few years when the family is relocated. Two women are leading the push to change that.... Read more»

Az expected to have nation’s second-fastest job growth in 2014

Arizona is expected to post the second-highest rate of job growth among states in 2014, trailing only booming North Dakota, according to a recent report by Moody’s Analytics.... Read more»

Report: Az solar jobs picture not so sunny in 2013

Arizona posted the second-highest number of solar-industry jobs in the nation for the second year in a row in 2013, despite losing1,242 jobs from a year earlier, according to a new report.... Read more»

Commentary

Immigration reform: Disaster for agriculture or proof of brutality of current system?

A study released earlier this week by the American Farm Bureau Federation on the impact of various types of immigration reform on the agricultural sector wants the reader to conclude that an enforcement-only approach to immigration would mean economic disaster. But the agricultural industry only survives in its current form thanks to massive (albeit invisible) subsidy from a work force that cannot be described as free,... Read more»

Arizona has smallest gap between men’s, women’s pay

Arizona had the smallest gap between men’s and women’s pay among states in 2012, with women in the state earning about 87 cents to the dollar, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»1

Az ranked among worst for residents’ financial security

More than 40 percent of Arizona households are on the brink of “financial devastation,” according to a report that again ranked the state among the worst in terms of residents’ financial security. Families hit by the economic downturn are “literally living paycheck to paycheck.” Arizona now has the fifth-highest rate of poverty in the country, with 19 percent living below the poverty line.... Read more»

Is Obamacare causing health care layoffs?

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers blamed the Affordable Care Act for a recent loss of health care jobs, but she based her comment on a reported December downtick that was preliminary and miniscule at that, and that economists say had nothing to do with the new health care law.... Read more»

Report: Mexicans who go home have less interest in returning to U.S.

More than half of Mexican immigrants who moved home do not intend to return to the U.S., a report said.... Read more»

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