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Click on the graph to see Arizona and California’s new state sales tax rates, income taxes and corporate tax rates.

There is a major opportunity to lure businesses to Arizona due to a California ballot measure that raised taxes from 7.25 to 7.50 percent for the next four years. Arizona business group plans to fly in as many as 100 California CEOs for a tour of the Valley. Read more»

Jason Manning, director of Arizona State University Student Media, said switching The State Press to weekly publication with a stronger emphasis on its website and apps for smartphones and tablets, is a stronger business strategy and will better prepare journalism students for a changing industry.

Starting in January, Arizona State University students will no longer arrive to news racks carrying daily copies of The State Press, the student-run newspaper. Read more»

Mario Sneezy, manager of Just Sports, a sports merchandise store also located in the Westgate City Center, said he's optimistic that sales to fans of the Arizona Cardinals, the NFL team playing nearby, will help make up for the cancellation of Phoenix Coyotes games in an adjacent arena.

The cancellation of games through Nov. 30 due to the expiration of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement could be costly for other businesses in Glendale, which also is home to the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals. Read more»

Gayle Shanks, co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, said she’s glad Arizona has reached an agreement for Amazon.com to collect state sales tax. She said not collecting state sales tax gives the online giant an unfair price advantage.

Traditional retailers in Arizona are celebrating an agreement between Amazon.com and Arizona that will require the online retail giant to begin collecting the state's 6.6 percent sales tax early next year. These retailers hope to see more e-commerce companies follow suit. Read more»

Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, a leader of the group that put forward Proposition 121, said eliminating partisan primaries in Arizona would level the playing field for independent candidates.

Proposition 121, dubbed the Open Elections/Open Government Act, would replace the current partisan primary system with a single primary that advances the top vote-getters regardless of party. It would also require that all candidates collect the same number of signatures. Read more»

Ann-Eve Pedersen, chairwoman of the committee promoting Proposition 204, says schools would suffer if voters don’t approve a 1 cent-per-dollar sales tax to benefit education, transportation and human services.

Kathy Knecht, a governing board member in the Peoria Unified School District said counseling, says specialized reading and gifted student programs may be on the chopping block if voters don’t approve Proposition 204. Read more»

Arizona women had fewer babies in 2011 for the fifth straight year, due in large part to tighter wallets, social changes, lower teen pregnancy rates and departures among the Hispanic population. Read more»

While gasoline prices in California spiked to over $5 a gallon recently, the average price in Arizona on Tuesday was $3.67 per gallon.

With drivers in California paying more than $5 a gallon for gasoline after a sudden spike in prices, could Arizona motorists be next? The short answer: probably not. Read more»

Doug Click, chairman of Vote Yes on 116, is president of Arizona Hi-Lift, which sells and rents machinery and equipment. He said a lot of out-of-state businesses looking to expand have turned elsewhere because states like Colorado, California and Texas don’t tax business property such as desks and equipment.

Supporters of Proposition 116 say that easing property taxes businesses pay on everything from milling machines to restaurant silverware would help create jobs across Arizona. Doug Click, chairman of Vote Yes on 116, says the higher tax exemption would put Arizona in a better position to compete. Read more»

This Phoenix house, in a predominantly Latino neighborhood, was covered in trash, broken glass, leaves, and a door was found wide open in the back of the house, according to the National Fair Housing Alliance's report.

The National Fair Housing Alliance, an advocacy group, filed a federal housing discrimination complaint Tuesday accusing Bank of America Corporation of dealing with foreclosed homes differently in neighborhoods with predominately Latino and black populations. Read more» 1

James Garcia, director of strategic communication and policy at the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said advertising aimed at the Hispanic community is still disproportionately small compared to that market’s size.

A new report by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce forecasts that Latinos will account for $40 billion of Arizona's consumer spending during 2012. Hispanic officials say there is a growing market in Arizona that cannot be ignored. Read more»

Selena Larson is PR coordinator for the Downtown Chandler Partnership, an anchor firm operating out of Gangplank in Chandler.

In Chandler, Tucson, and Avondale, incubator Gangplank offers individuals and small businesses free workspace, Internet, meeting rooms and other resources. Read more»

Boeing’s plant in Mesa builds and refits Apache AH-64D attack helicopters.

Those depending on Arizona’s defense contractors and subcontractors, as well as its military installations, are looking warily toward year’s end, when automatic spending cuts will occur unless the White House and Congress agree on an alternative plan for reducing the federal deficit. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks with business leaders on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Phoenix about federal air-quality regulations.

The EPA's strict enforcement of air-quality regulations in Arizona is stifling job creation and proving costly to businesses unable to meet the standards, U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake said Wednesday. Read more» 2

A favorable exchange rate, the state's real estate woes and a strong economy north of the border are combining to make Canadians prime buyers for luxury homes in Arizona. One Scottsdale real estate agent says almost all of his business these days is with Canadians. Read more»