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Gov. Jan Brewer answered reporters' questions about the government shutdown earlier this month.

Public-private partnerships such as the Arizona Commerce Authority further business interests in the state, overseeing state corporate tax incentives and grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Similar organizations in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Florida function amid persistent questions about transparency as unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little. Read more»

Recently the very fashionable turned out to bet on their favorites in the Kentucky Derby. But betting on horse races – economic horse races – has been all the rage in legislatures across the country for decades. Unfortunately, legislators are more like problem gamblers than successful high-dollar poker stars. Read more»

Stephen Rayleigh, a member of the unmanned aerial vehicle club at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, also helped develop a minor that started in August at the school.

The drone minor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott aims to prepare students to build and fly unmanned aerial vehicles – UAVs, or drones – for a commercial market that doesn’t yet exist. Read more»

It is a small victory for taxpayers, but an important one, for it calls the "quasi-public" Arizona Commerce Authority's attention to the constitutional limits on its powers — and to the fact that its actions will be watched closely. Read more»

Don Cardon, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, is show in this 2010 photo.

Taxpayers are giving Don Cardon a big raise to move from head of the now-defunct state Department of Commerce to president and CEO of the new Arizona Commerce Authority. Read more»

Goldwater Institute: Governor Jan Brewer was right to veto the legislature's attempt to carve out special tax privileges for certain businesses. Read more»