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Congress clears giant $1.9T pandemic aid package for Biden’s signature

A sweeping $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after the U.S. House passed the latest pandemic relief measure Wednesday on a party-line vote. The massive bill includes a new round of $1,400 direct checks for many Americans, as well as an extension of expanded unemployment checks to assist people whose jobs vanished in the past year of shutdowns and lockdowns. ... Read more»

Pascua Yaqui win water funds, first of $150M for Arizona projects

$900,000 from an Army Corps of Engineers fund dedicated to water infrastructure projects in Arizona will be used to bring water to the tribe’s lands for irrigation, the first fruits of a successful effort last year by members of the state’s congressional delegation to win $150 million in federal funding for water projects around the state.... Read more»

Arizona jobless rate drops sharply, but still at twice pre-COVID levels

Arizona posted one of the sharpest unemployment drops in the country in May, falling from a historic high of 13.4% in April to 8.9% last month, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»

Community groups launch COVID relief fund for undocumented families

When Gov. Doug Ducey was asked during an April 2 town hall event what message he had for the state’s undocumented community, who are left without access to state and federal economic relief programs to assist people during the COVID-19 crisis, the Republican leader provided no comfort or reassurance.... Read more»

Intuit TurboTax and other for-profit tax prep companies lead Americans to pay for their stimulus checks

Congress gave the IRS the job of sending out coronavirus rescue checks. But the underfunded agency is struggling, while for-profit companies like Intuit have started circling, hoping to convert Americans in need into paying customers.... Read more»

Local governments adding renewable energy through grants, partnerships

Maricopa County is part of a national trend, helped by stimulus money, of local governments investing in solar power, including solar panels on a library and hot water systems at two jails.... Read more»