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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met Monday with Republican senators who presented a $618 billion alternative to the president’s proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. But Democrats are backing Biden’s larger bill, which includes money for local governments and a $15 federal minimum wage, among other changes.

Six Arizona mayors were among hundreds who urged Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill that includes $350 billion in aid for state and local governments. Read more»

The first payments to taxpayers under the federal government’s massive coronavirus relief bill should start showing up in Arizonans’ bank accounts this week, in the form of larget unemployment checks and a direct payment of up to $1,200 per person.

Thousands of dollars started arriving in Arizonans’ bank accounts this week as the first payments from the massive coronavirus relief package began to be distributed in the form of expanded unemployment benefits and direct stimulus payments. Read more»

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's proposed wealth tax has economists from top schools feuding over whether it raise what she claims.

In her campaign speeches, Sen. Elizabeth Warren likes to say, “I’ve got a plan for that.” She has lots of plans, but there is one on which many of the others hinge: her plan for an “Ultra-Millionaire Tax,” an annual wealth tax on all assets over $50 million. Read more»

Tuba City’s sales tax of more than 12 percent – a combination of state, county and local taxes – is once again the highest in the nation, according to a new report.

Tuba City residents continue to pay the highest combined sales taxes in the nation, even after the Arizona state sales tax dropped this year, according to a new report. Read more» 1

Among states in 2011, Arizona got the third-largest share of its general revenues from the federal government, according to a Tax Foundation report. Its 45.7 percent trailed only Louisiana and Mississippi.

Almost half of Arizona’s general revenues came from federal funds in fiscal 2011, the third-highest share in the nation, according to a recent report from the Tax Foundation. 45.7 percent of Arizona’s general revenue came from federal aid, lower than only Mississippi and Louisiana, and well above the national average of 36 percent. Read more»

The Tax Foundation reported this week that the average combined sales tax in Arizona at the start of this year – adding up state, county, city and tribal taxes – was 9.12 percent, second only to Tennessee’s average rate of 9.45 percent. Read more»