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Threats against state, congressional lawmakers jumped in recent years

Credible threats against members of Congress have risen steadily from 3,939 in 2017 to 8,613 in 2020, according to data from the U.S. Capitol Police. Those numbers spiked in 2021, putting the year on pace to double the 2020 total.... Read more»

Federal COVID aid package could block Ducey’s tax cuts for Arizona

President Biden’s massive pandemic stimulus law pumps a welcome infusion of federal aid into state and local government coffers — but one brief section is raising questions about whether states are barred from cutting their own taxes if they accept the federal help.... Read more»

State taking steps to reopen economy, but reviving it could take years

As businesses shuttered by COVID-19 and resulting high unemployment have led to a collapse in sales and income tax revenues, state and local governments may be forced to slash budgets. That, in turn, could slow the overall recovery, economists say, with fewer workers and services pumping money back into the economy.... Read more»

Mexican ambassador expresses confidence new trade deal will get done

The Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday he is confident final details can be worked out a new trade deal between the two countries and Canada, despite President Donald Trump’s sometimes disruptive border rhetoric.... Read more»

Phoenix gains in tech jobs, but still lags other cities

A national economic development expert says the Phoenix metro area shows promise when it comes to attracting science and tech jobs. A new Brookings Institution report ranks Phoenix 50th nationally in full-time workers employed by “advanced industries” out of 100 metro areas. ... Read more»

Egypt goes to polls, Muslim Brotherhood triumphant

As final election returns are tallied in Egypt, the people have spoken and the resounding message is clear: “Don’t underestimate the Muslim Brotherhood!”... Read more»