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State Revenues Indicate Economic Growth

Monthly report for AZ Legislature shows strong increases in retail sales, construction sales taxes.

4th Avenue Street Fair

Spring 4th Ave Street Fair Debuts New Layout

The event will not run as far south as it used to, in order to accommodate the modern streetcar.

Ft Huachuca Could Face Personnel Reduction, Sr Commander Says

The Army Base in Sierra Vista may lose up to 2,700 military, civilian positions following the ends of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan.

An interview with Arizona Senate President, Andy Biggs.

UPDATED: AZ Senate Gives Initial Approval to Budget Plan

AZ Senate President Andy Biggs introduced amendment with $18M for new school assessment test, $15M for CPS; chamber debating spending plan all day Thurs.

An A-10 plane sits in a hanger at Davis Monthan Air Force Base.

New Report: Support For Military Bases in S. AZ Strong

Survey respondents acknowledge economic boost they offer in region; concerns over aircraft noise low.

Loan Fund Group Serves as 'Financial Bridge' for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Loan Fund was created to help organizations that have harder time qualifying for 'conventional loans.'

Tax Tips

AZ Has 13th Lowest Taxes in Country, Study Says

Low income tax, lack of some local taxes, contributes to ranking; average resident paying about $6K in state, local taxes.

AZ House Presenting 'Mirror Copy' of Senate Budget Plan

House Speaker Andy Tobin said they will introduce a $9.2B proposal which is what Senate came up with for legislative budget; about $150M short from Brewer's proposal.

IRS Spokesman: Independent Contractors Can be Misclassified

Independent contractors pay entire federal, social security taxes, while common-law employees pay a portion.

Senate Budget Plan About $150 Short of Brewer's Proposal

AZ Senate President Andy Biggs reveals $9.2B spending plan; says it will trim some money from gov.'s suggestion for new state child welfare agency.

Tucson Voting on 163-Acre Annexation Tuesday Night

Site includes existing plans for more than 1 million-square-feet of retail development; land addition covers southeast side of town.

4/10/12

Hearings Set For Feedback on Tucson Bus Route, Fare Changes

City Council seeks public input before making final decision; meetings scheduled at 7 different locations.

Arizona economy

Teen Employment Plummets in Tucson During Recession

About 43 percent of teens employed in 2000, 26 percent employed in 2012, says report by Brookings Institution.

Dan Cornelius, left, and his assistant set up the Mobile Farmers Market at Tucson's Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Native American Traditional Foods Turn Into Viable Business

From tepary beans grown by the Tohono O’Odham people to chocolate produced by the Chickasaw Nation, Native Americans are entering the niche food market in many places.

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Dept of Admin: AZ's Unemployment Rate Slightly Down

Researchers say the seasonally adjusted figures for Jan. were 7.5% down from 7.6% in Dec.

House for sale in Tucson, Arizona

State Foreclosure Rate Declines 45.5%, Report Says

National rate at lowest in 7 years as housing market growsd; Phoenix area down 44.4%, Tucson falls 54.8%.

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