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While over a dozen applications were filed to challenge OSHA’s mandate just this week, the court only agreed to hear cases from the National Federation of Independent Business and 27 Republican-led states.

The Supreme Court agreed to take up challenges to President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates for large companies and health care workers, consolidating four applications into two cases that will be argued before the justices on Jan. 7. Read more»

The Paycheck Protection Program was set to expire March 31, with applications from thousands of businesses still pending and $88 billion still on the table. The program, which lends money to help businesses weather the pandemic, has now been extended through May 31.

Arizona business officials welcomed Tuesday’s extension of the Paycheck Protection Program, a multibillion-dollar pandemic-relief program for businesses that one official said has been “keeping people open from day to day” over the past year. The program was set to expire Wednesday with $88 billion still unallocated, but President Joe Biden signed a measure Tuesday extending it for another 60 days. Now businesses have until May 31 to apply for loans, which have been worth billions to Arizona businesses so far. Read more»

Senate President Karen Fann announced Thursday morning that her chamber will end the 2020 legislative session on Friday. But the House of Representatives won't do the same, House Speaker Rusty Bowers announced Thursday evening, after Republicans in that chamber rejected the idea. Read more»

Congress passed, and the president signed, the second multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill in as many weeks on Wednesday. Lawmakers and the administration now say they need a stimulus package of up to $1 trillion to offset economic harm from COVID-19.

The Senate gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill, the second such bill in two weeks, and immediately turned its attention to a third bill that could have a $1 trillion price tag. Read more»

U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers blamed the Affordable Care Act for a recent loss of health care jobs, but she based her comment on a reported December downtick that was preliminary and miniscule at that, and that economists say had nothing to do with the new health care law. Read more»

Farrell Quinlan, Arizona director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Businesses and business groups in Arizona have widely come out in opposition to the health care law being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more»

Without a mandate for health insurance, hospitals and taxpayers can get stuck with the bill. Read more»

Republicans are planning their next moves to challenge the new health law. Read more»