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Gov. Doug Ducey applies hand sanitizer prior to giving the latest Arizona coronavirus update during a news conference July 23, 2020, in Phoenix.

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»

If we want to preserve the progress we've made and not backslide toward more infections and risk more business closures, then we'll all have to adhere to heightened protocols, including wearing masks and continued physical distancing. Read more» 1

Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey during a press conference in Tucson on March 17, 2020.

With Arizona's COVID-19 restrictions set to expire, Gov. Ducey announced they will be extended for two weeks, with gradual lifting of some bans. Ducey said "the spread has been slowed," but "we're not going to undo this." Read more»

Ducey during a Tuesday press conference in Tucson, March 17.

Healthcare, pharmacies, utilities and Internet services, grocery stores and gas stations, the press, banks and hardware stores and more are listed as "essential services" during the coronavirus outbreak, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered Monday. Read more»

Trucks line up on the Mexico side of the border to enter the U.S. through the Mariposa Port of Entry near Nogales in this 2011 file photo. Mexico is Arizona’s biggest trading partner, buying $7.5 billion in goods from the state in 2017.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey joined business leaders in Washington on Monday to push for final approval of the “critical” U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement and protect trade that is worth billions in trade to the state. Read more»

Trucks wait to be loaded with cargo at the port in Long Beach, Calif., in this 2017 photo. Arizona officials are concerned about the effect of new tariffs taking effect Sept. 1 on $300 billion in Chinese goods imported into the U.S.

Arizona business leaders said they worry that a 15 percent tariff on $300 billion in Chinese goods that took effect Sunday will backfire and end up hurting economic growth at home. Read more»

Trump's tariff threat on Mexico is over, for now — but how long will the reprieve last?

Here's the deal: the last thing Donald Trump wants is to solve problems. Solved problems don't scare people. Vanquished foes are no longer useful foes. The president needs enemies and bogeymen, so he can play the tough guy in his scripted performance. Read more»

President Trump backed away Friday evening from his threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, after Mexico agreed to "curb irregular migration" and deploy troops to its southern border. U.S. authorities will "immediately expand" the policy of sending back migrants who request asylum. Read more»

Trucks wait to enter the U.S. from Mexico at the Otay Mesa, Calif., Port of Entry. Mexico exported $346 billion in goods to the U.S. last year – $9 billion to Arizona – that would be subject to the president’s proposed tariffs.

President Trump has once again threatened to punish Mexico over migrant crossings with a tariff — this time of up to 25 percent — but critics including the Az Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Grijalva called the move everything from "baffling" to "unhinged." Read more»

Pedestrians line up to enter the U.S. at the Calexico, California, border checkpoint in this file photo. Business leaders say redeployment of CBP officers to deal with a border surge has led to slowdowns at ports of entry.

The Trump administration has moved border agents from ports of entry to dealing with asylum seekers, causing delays that leave some fearing economic impacts. Read more»

The Grand Canyon Institute, a centrist Phoenix think tank, said the minimum-wage increase proposed in Prop. 206 could result in from zero to 26,000 lost jobs by 2020. Arizona is adding about 15,000 jobs each quarter, which would more than make up the difference, economic analysts said. Read more» 1

Arizona and the federal government have historically enjoyed a multiple-use partnership on the almost 70 percent of land in the state that is federally controlled. President Obama's proposed monument designation completely upends that partnership. Read more»

The Canyon Mine in the Kaibab National Forest south of the Grand Canyon, opened in the 1980s, is shown from the air.

Arizona officials continue to support a federal court battle to allow new uranium mining operations on a million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey speaking at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry's luncheon with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, May 6.

Ranking No. 47 in K-12 funding would be a nightmare for most states but it's the Arizona dream. Let's make it come true without an impossible tax hike. You know we have a crisis when 1) you have to catch Mississippi and 2) Gov. Doug Ducey wants to look like he is trying (or is trying, legitimately) to do something about it. Read more»

Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, holds up a copy of Arizona’s plan for implementing the Common Core State standards at a news conference Thursday. Explaining their opposition to GOP bills that would roll back or forbid the standards in Arizona, Hamer and other business leaders said the standards will help the state create a competitive workforce.

Several GOP bills to roll back or forbid Arizona’s switch to the Common Core State Standards would harm efforts to create a more competitive workforce, business leaders said Thursday, saying "We believe that it would be wrong to deny Arizona students the education they need to succeed in the 21st century." Read more»

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