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Proposition 209 would ease the stress on patients with overdue medical bills - one of the leading causes of consumer complaints - so they could keep jobs and homes and eventually pay off their debts, backers say. But critics say the measure will affect all debt and up rewarding those who don't pay their bills while penalizing those who do.

Proposition 209 would increase protections for Arizona residents who face potential wage or asset seizures because of outstanding debt - but critics say the proposal will backfire, rewarding people who don’t pay their bills and punishing people who do. Read more»

Iowa State and Oregon squared off in a largely empty stadium for the 2020 Fiesta Bowl because of COVID-19 protocols, but organizers of all three Arizona bowl games are looking forward to a return of normal crowds this year.

With COVID-19 protocols in 2020 prohibiting fans at the Fiesta and Arizona bowls, and a lack of eligible teams forcing a last-minute cancellation of the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, organizers are eager to welcome fans and teams this year. Read more»

Americans are expected to spend an average of $886 on gifts this holiday season. Spending in Arizona cities, in one survey, could range from $590 in Tucson to $1,558 in Gilbert.

In the second holiday season of the pandemic era, goods may cost more, but Americans have more money to spend – and they appear to be eager to spend it - with a report last week saying Arizonans could spend as much as $1,558 per person on gifts this holiday season. Read more»

Arizona continued to be a net importer of people from 2010 to 2018, according to Census Bureau data. While 1.7 million moved out of the state during that period, 2.2 million moved in, with many of the newcomers moving from California.

Californians have been beating a path to Arizona over the last decade – but it’s not exactly been a one-way street. While close to 500,000 people moved from California to Arizona from 2010 to 2018, just over 308,000 people were moving in the other direction. Read more»

Tucson City Hall

"Each one of us is part-owner of a large and important business venture: the city of Tucson. And it is time for us to offer decent salaries to our seven most important employees: the mayor and members of the City Council." Read more»

House Democrats gather Friday after passing a budget bill to end a five-week government shutdown that the Congressional Budget Office said cost the U.S. economy $11 billion. Much of that will be recovered, the CBO said, but $3 billion is permanently gone.

Once the government starts up and employees are paid back wages, the economy should recover from the 35-day shutdown. Read more»


The head of MOCA Tucson is leaving the downtown art space after just one year in the post. Samuel Ireland, the contemporary art museum's executive director, will step down at the beginning of September. Read more»

A legislative update from state Rep. Ethan Orr (R-LD 9), and an update from Tucson International Airport about Alaska Airlines' announcement that it will begin nonstop service between Tucson and Portland, Ore.. Also, Michael Guymon, vice president of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, and Buckmaster legal contributor, attorney Don Loose. Read more»

Former Arizona legislator Ted Downing and Bruce Ash, Arizona GOP national committeeman, debated the open primary measure. Also, TREO's Michael Guymon on efforts to improve Tucson air service, and attorney Don Loose reviewed the ballot measures going before Arizona voters this fall. Read more»