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Arizona teachers have the lowest wages in the nation, report finds

A new report found that Arizona ranked 50th in median annual earnings for teachers after adjusting for cost of living. Arizona teachers earned only $47,606 — more than $2,100 less than the adjusted pay for educators in Oklahoma. Arizona’s two largest metropolitan areas, Phoenix and Tucson, ranked 48th and 50th, respectively, among large cities.... Read more»

Arizona poverty rate continued fall in 2019, still topped national rate

Despite the improvements, the Census Bureau numbers show Arizona’s poverty rate remained higher than the nation, where the rate was 12.3% last year.... Read more»

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»

Chained CPI: Political speak for cutting Social Security and raising taxes

Chained CPI has been touted as a possible solution to the fiscal cliff impasse. What is it?... Read more»

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FactCheck: Chained explained

Using a more accurate cost-of-living adjustment for federal benefit payments and tax brackets would cut the federal deficit by perhaps $300 billion over the next 10 years. But it faces opposition from both right and left.... Read more»

Az's minimum wage to increase

The Industrial Commission of Arizona announced in October that the minimum wage will increase from $7.35 to $7.65 an hour. Tipped employees, who make $3 below the standard minimum wage, will also receive the raise.... Read more»4