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.

Study Reveals Economic Impact Of Downtown Phoenix

If you’ve been to downtown Phoenix recently, you’ve seen the boom of multi-family housing, skyscrapers, restaurants and bars opening all the time in the area. Annually, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. commissions an economic study of how the district is performing by analyzing the sales tax revenues for restaurants, bars and hotels. For the 2018 study, they[…]

Is A Perfect Storm Headed for Arizona’s Booming Real Estate Industry

Phoenix-area home buyers know all too well that a hot housing market isn’t guaranteed to be a permanent fixture. While job numbers and housing starts are currently skyrocketing, there are signs a perfect storm is brewing on the economic horizon. Arizona’s last jobs report featured an unemployment rate at 4.7 percent, a strong number buoyed[…]

Tempe Awards 9 Projects Money From ‘Innovation Fund’

Tempe City Council has chosen nine projects to receive money from a one-time $500,000 Innovation Fund. The Tempe Grease Cooperative’s Pilot Grease Trap Assistance Program, Sellah Park Pond Floating Island Project and One Touch Reporting App for Employees are among the funded programs. The projects have diverse goals from helping people re-enter society after incarceration[…]

Amazon To Open Fulfillment Center In Tucson, Add 1,500 Jobs

Despite passing on Arizona for the site of its upcoming second headquarters, Amazon is expanding in the state, into Tucson. The company announced Wednesday that Tucson will be the home of a new fulfillment center, bringing 1,500 new jobs to the city. Employees at the center will pick, pack and ship small items like books,[…]