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Farrell Quinlan, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, said Arizona’s small-business owners can create more jobs if state government lowers taxes and reduces regulation.

Reducing taxes and government regulation would help Arizona’s small businesses bolster the economy and create jobs, advocates said this week in making their case to state lawmakers. Read more»

Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski addresses a news conference at which state lawmakers and city leaders outlined plans for a trade office in Mexico City.

State lawmakers say a partnership with Phoenix to create a trade, tourism and investment center in Mexico City could boost Arizona’s economy by billions of dollars. Read more» 1

Conservative critics of the Affordable Care Act are misrepresenting a study examining the health benefits of expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income people. In Arizona, a group calling itself American Commitment has launched a series of 30-second Web ads claiming that “a recent study shows that Medicaid doesn’t even improve physical health.” But that’s a distortion. Read more»

Matt Culbertson of Tucson’s Cyclone Autonomous Design group opens the company’s Cyclone 6 unmanned aircraft, or drone, in preparation for deployment.

After the high-profile shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010, Scott Rollefstad felt he had to do something to help keep other agents safe. So the Tucson resident headed to his garage and, after several months of tinkering, emerged with a backpack-sized surveillance drone. Read more»

The state House sent Gov. Jan Brewer a bill Wednesday that would require scrap metal dealers to register with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and would increase penalties for dealers who knowingly purchase stolen materials. Read more»

Isabell Marquez, a custodian at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, said the company she works for doesn’t offer paid sick days and requires a doctor’s note if an employee calls off sick.

A state lawmaker wants to bar Arizona cities and towns from requiring private employers to provide benefits like sick days and meal breaks. HB 2280, authored by Rep. Tom Forese, R-Chandler, would keep the power to regulate benefits at the state level. Read more» 1

The Parrot flying AR Drone can be flown using an iPhone or iPad.

As drones become smaller and less expensive, law enforcement agencies are looking at them as a way to operate more efficiently and with greater safety. That has some lawmakers saying Arizona needs to protect people's privacy. Read more»

State Rep. Tom Forese, R-Gilbert, joined by real estate investor Michael Pollack (left) and state Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, discusses legislation aimed at curbing metal theft.

HB 2262, authored by Rep. Tom Forese, R-Gilbert, would require scrap metal dealers to register with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. DPS would have to develop an annual report including the numbers of registered scrap metal dealers, unregistered dealers and violations by registered dealers. Read more»

A demonstration model of an MQ-1B Predator is shown at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson in 2007.

A state lawmaker has championed a successful resolution that encourages Arizona to compete to host one of the unmanned aircraft test ranges to be established by the FAA. Read more»

Attorney General Tom Horne, left, and Rep. Ted Vogt, R-Tucson, listen as Rep. Tom Forese, R-Gilbert, explains a bill intended to curb thefts of copper air conditioning parts by those intent on selling them as scrap.

Two state lawmakers say Arizona reduce copper thefts by preventing banning individuals from selling air conditioner parts for scrap and how much dealers can pay for the metal. Read more»