Does Modern Technology Actually Make Our Lives More Efficient?

Conventional wisdom is technology can make us more efficient. Dishwashers save us time in front of the sink and algorithms can help us quickly find a compatible mate and help employers weed out unqualified applicants. But our next guest isn’t so sure that the latest and greatest tech is making us more efficient. Edward Tenner[ … ]

Economist’s ‘Glass Ceiling Index’ Shows U.S. Progress Has Stalled

Women around the world continue, in most cases, to be paid less than their male counterparts and have fewer options for career advancement. But progress has been made and momentum seemed to be building. However, the latest “Glass Ceiling Index” released by the economist says any movement forward has been stalled with the exception of[ … ]

Arizona Lawmakers Consider Expanding Coverage For Telemedicine Statewide

Arizona lawmakers have a medical dilemma trying to provide medical care in the nation’s fifth fastest growing state and a rapidly aging population. Right now, private insurance policies only provide some patients remote access to doctors for a limited number of services. A bill in the Arizona Legislature would expand coverage, requiring companies to insure[ … ]

Arizona Appeals Court Strikes Down Law on Employee Benefits

The Arizona Court of Appeals said GOP lawmakers cannot stop local governments from requiring private employers give their workers more benefits than state law mandates. The case deals with a law passed in the wake of voters approving a higher state minimum wage, which also requires paid personal leave for employees.

Defining ‘New Arizonan’ Cuisine, One Foraged Acorn At A Time

What is Arizona food? Is it a chimichanga? Or a Sonoran hot dog? Is it the classic Native American dish of squash, beans and corn — the three sisters? The elusive answer to that question is what Chris Malloy is attempting to nail down in his new column for the Phoenix New Times called “Sonoran[ … ]

Tax Filing Season Begins Following Partial Government Shutdown

Tax filing season begins on Monday, just days after the 35-day partial government shutdown came to a close. It’s expected that the IRS is backlogged after the shutdown, and that tax returns may be delayed. But another shutdown is looming, as the stopgap spending bill is only lasts until Feb. 15. Another shutdown could further[ … ]

Arizona Unemployment Rate Increases And Salary Growth Slows Compared To Rest Of U.S.

The state’s jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point in December as companies shed employees. New figures from the Office of Economic Opportunity put the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 4.8 percent. That is the result, at least in part, of private sector employment dropping by about 1,900 jobs. And the new figure[ … ]

Arizona Lawmakers Consider Collecting Internet Sales Tax

Some Arizona lawmakers hope to capitalize on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to collect online sales taxes. House Speaker J.D. Mesnard told Capitol Media Services he sees no reason why purchases made by Arizonans on the internet should be exempt from the state’s 5.6 percent sales levy. “Conceptually, and I’ve already spoken[ … ]

Arizona’s June Unemployment Numbers Show Growth In Construction

Arizona’s Office of Economic Opportunity released the seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate at 4.7 percent. The rate remains unchanged from May and compares to the national jobless rate of 4.0 percent. Spokesman Doug Walls said construction employment has recovered 37 percent since the recession hit and housing bubble burst.