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Biz groups come out against Strong Start Tucson education initiative

A coalition of business groups has launched an effort to derail Prop. 204, a sales-tax initiative that would direct $50 million yearly to early childhood education in Tucson. Proponents say it's a necessary investment, but opponents say the measure lacks oversight, with some calling it a "voucher" system.... Read more»4

Varney to retire as Metro Chamber chief

Michael Varney, who's been the head of the Tucson Metro Chamber for nearly six years, is set to retire. Varney called the move his "most difficult decision ever."... Read more»

Tucson among nation’s poorest regions

Tucson had the sixth highest level of poverty in 2011 out of all the nation's largest metropolitan areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Local officials identify the city's economic struggles, but point to education as the key to getting more jobs and higher-paying jobs in the region.... Read more»8