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Arizona officials vow to fight White House workplace vaccination mandate

Just hours after the Biden administration issued regulations Thursday to require that businesses mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers, Arizona officials were vowing to fight what one called a “direct attack” on personal liberty. ... Read more»

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DHS to end workplace raids, turn focus on companies exploiting workers

Reversing a Trump-era policy, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it will stop raiding workplaces to search for undocumented immigrants and will focus instead on “unscrupulous employers who exploit the vulnerability” of undocumented labor.... Read more»

Biden opening U.S.-Mexico border for fully vaccinated travelers, ending COVID restrictions

Pandemic restrictions at the Mexican and Canadian borders will be lifted in November for travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, allowing travel by tourists and separated family members who've been unable to cross since March 2020. ... Read more»

Coalition targets illegal tobacco trade, with Arizona among top states in contraband

Arizona is among the worst states for smuggling of illegal goods, along with California, Texas, Florida and eight others being targeted by a new nationwide initiative from Phillip Morris – United to Safeguard America From Illegal Trade.... Read more»

Business groups urge Kelly, Sinema to oppose pro-union PRO Act

Business groups publicly called on Democratic U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema to oppose a sweeping piece of pro-organized labor legislation that would wipe out Arizona's "right-to-work" law that prohibits mandatory union membership.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ducey's 'State of State' misses Arizona's COVID SOS

Doug Ducey's speech read like a governor utterly out of touch with his state groaning under the weight of COVID-19. Perhaps he was more in touch with his own political ambitions.... Read more»

Ducey to focus on economic recovery, pandemic in new legislative session

When the legislature convenes for the 2021 session, among Gov. Doug Ducey's top priorities will be helping Arizona repair much of the damage that the COVID-19 pandemic wrought over the past year.... Read more»

After four years of tumult, businesses hopeful for Biden trade policy

President Donald Trump entered office pledging to blow up trade deals, and he later imposed tariffs on trading partners around the world – but the biggest threat to Arizona-Mexico trade over the past four years appears to have been COVID-19.... Read more»

Arizona passes COVID-19 milestone, as final county meets reopening mark

Arizona officials hailed a COVID-19 milestone Thursday, when the final county in the state crossed a coronavirus transmission threshold that lets some shuttered businesses begin the process of reopening.... Read more»

Senate plans to end 2020 legislative session Friday, House will not

Senate President Karen Fann announced Thursday morning that her chamber will end the 2020 legislative session on Friday. But the House of Representatives won't do the same, House Speaker Rusty Bowers announced Thursday evening, after Republicans in that chamber rejected the idea.... Read more»

418,000 jobless claims crater 10 years of new jobs in just five weeks

New jobless claims in Arizona over the past five weeks have wiped out two-thirds of the new jobs created in the state over 10 years, according to the latest numbers from the Arizona Department of Economic Security. ... Read more»

State, national jobless claims continue surge, experts see no end

Unemployment claims set a record for a third straight week last week, when 129,215 Arizonans filed jobless claims. They were among the 6.6 million Americans who filed first-time jobless claims in the week as COVID-19 continued to batter the economy. ... Read more»

New overtime rule could affect up to 20,000 Arizona workers in new year

As many as 20,000 Arizona workers could be guaranteed overtime pay when they do overtime work under a Labor Department rule that took effect Jan. 1, the first change to the rule since 2004.... Read more»1

Minimum wage increase puts Arizona near top; advocates say more needed

Arizona’s minimum wage rose from $11 to $12 an hour on New Year’s Day, The automatic increase gives Arizona one of the highest minimum wages in the country.... Read more»

FDA’s sudden increase in legal tobacco age catches retailers off-guard

Retailers and local leaders said they were “caught with their pants down” by a Food and Drug Administration announcement last week that it had raised the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.... Read more»

A moving story: Arizona still nets gain of residents from other states

Californians have been beating a path to Arizona over the last decade – but it’s not exactly been a one-way street. While close to 500,000 people moved from California to Arizona from 2010 to 2018, just over 308,000 people were moving in the other direction.... Read more»

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