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Arizona’s poverty rate of 18.7 percent in 2012 was higher than the national rate of 15.9 percent in that year, and eighth-highest among states.

Poverty rates remained significantly higher and incomes lower in Arizona than in the rest of the nation last year, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Read more»

Ronald Young, an employee at Boeing’s plant in Mesa, fashions a pylon used to hold weapons on the AH64D attack helicopter.

Smaller companies with contracts to supply products and services to Arizona’s top-tier aerospace and defense companies face the greatest threat if sequestration cuts take effect, according to a report released Tuesday. Read more»

Click on the graph to see Arizona and California’s new state sales tax rates, income taxes and corporate tax rates.

There is a major opportunity to lure businesses to Arizona due to a California ballot measure that raised taxes from 7.25 to 7.50 percent for the next four years. Arizona business group plans to fly in as many as 100 California CEOs for a tour of the Valley. Read more»

An official with the Mexican government has advised citizens not to travel to Arizona in the wake of the state's tough new immigration law. Aeromexico said it is suspending flights to Phoenix and Tucson due to a “significant” fall in demand. Read more» 1