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PINAL COUNTY & ARIZONA NEWS : Economy

State minimum wage takes a small step up
Thu, Oct 17, 2013Economy
PHOENIX — Come January, Arizona’s minimum-wage workers will be able to afford an extra Big Mac a week — but not if they want fries and a drink with it.The state Industrial Commission voted Wednesday for a 10-cent-an-hour hike in the state minimum wage, to $7.90 an hour.The federal minimum Read More

Tags: Arizona, Minimum-wage, Arizona Industrial Commission

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Arizona's 2 GOP senators, House Dems back deal
Wed, Oct 16, 2013Economy
WASHINGTON Arizona’s Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake voted Wednesday to reopen the federal government and raise the nation’s debt limit, averting a potentially devastating default, while the state’s House delegation split along party lines on the last-minute deal.“We are now seeing the end of this agonizing odyssey that this Read More

Tags: United States, Arizona, Government Shutdown, Republicans, Democrats

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New policy: Corp Comm says small utilities can pass income taxes on to ratepayers
Thu, Feb 28, 2013Economy
From Arizona Capitol TimesReversing a decades-old policy, the Arizona Corporation Commission will allow the owners of small utility companies to pass their income taxes off to consumers across the state.The commission on Feb. 12 voted 4-1 to allow LLCs and businesses entities known as “S corporations,” which must have 100 Read More

Tags: Arizona, Corporate Commission, Rates, S Corporations

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Council pushes for best freeway route for town
Tue, Jul 31, 2012Economy
The Arizona Department of Transportation ADOT is apparently losing interest in an option for the future freeway that runs on the north side of the Central Arizona Project canal, known as “Segment U.”Florence officials, however, see Segment U as the best for Florence. The Town Council passed a resolution at Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Florence, ADOT, Freeway routes

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-Arizona budget slashing reshapes state
Sun, Oct 2, 2011Economy
Arizona's budget deficits were like a house on fire, lawmakers say, and they responded in kind, dousing the fiscal flames without time to weigh the possible impact.

Tags: Arizona, State Legislature, Budget

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-Coolidge prison; to be or not to be
Thu, Sep 29, 2011Economy
D-Day is approaching for Coolidge.The “D” is the decision that Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) will make as to whether a new prison will be built in Coolidge.

Tags: Department of Corrrections, Eloy, Coolidge, Prisions

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-Copper-mine bill bolsters Rep. Gosar
Thu, Sep 15, 2011Economy
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Gosar is poised to become the first new member of Arizona's congressional delegation - and one of only about a dozen members of the huge freshman class - to have a substantive bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tags: Arizona, CD 1, Paul Gosar, Ann Kirkpatrick, Resolution Copper Mine

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-Arizona jobs could be reduced by debt-ceiling deal
Sun, Aug 7, 2011Economy
As details emerge about Congress' eleventh-hour debt-ceiling deal, Arizonans are holding their collective breath.It's still unclear how efforts to rein in federal spending and control the nation's debt will affect the state and U.S. economies.

Tags: Arizona, Debt Ceiling deal, U.S. economy

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For Want of a Word, Arizona’s Jobless Lose Checks
Sat, Jun 18, 2011Economy
New York TimesBy Catherine Rampell One word, just one little word.That’s all that Frank Ballesteros, a 62-year-old desperate for work, needs to stay afloat. The word is not “hope” or “God” or “patience.” It is, improbably, “three.”

Tags: Arizona, Unemplyment insurance, Arizona Legislature

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Study: $2 trillion needed for U.S. infrastructure
Sat, Jun 11, 2011Economy
Washington Post The United States is falling dramatically behind much of the world in rebuilding and expanding an overloaded and deteriorating transportation network it needs to remain competitive in the global marketplace, according to a new study by the Urban Land Institute.

Tags: United States, infrastruction, investment

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