Phoenix, AZ – The new rate is 9.6 percent. The last time it was that high was August of 1983. Aruna Murthy of the state Department of Commerce pointed out the state's construction industry lost 2,300 jobs between February and March, more than wiping out the modest gains of a month before.
(Construction industry has had a tremendous amount of loss in the state. And, in my opinion, it'll take a considerable amount of time before that particular industry picks up.)
Phoenix, AZ – The plan is to create what Brewer calls a quasi-public authority with a board of directors headed by the governor but otherwise composed of CEOs and other business and education leaders. Brewer said one problem with the agency now is it's headed by political appointees. The result has been seven directors in the last decade. Don Cardon, who took over the commerce department last June, was more blunt in his assessment.
Phoenix, AZ – The measure would let patients with doctor certification get up to 2 1/2 ounches of marijuana every two weeks, whether from a non-profit dispensary or growing their own. Dr. Sue Sisley, a Scottsdale doctor who specializes in psychiatry and internal medicine, supports the plan.
(It is vitally important that seriously and terminally ill patients have legal access to safe and effective means of treating their illness. The potential benefits from medical marijuana greatly outweigh the risks.)
Phoenix, AZ – The legislation cuts corporate income taxes by 28 percent. It also contains a provision that would virtually eliminate income taxes for firms who sell most of their goods outside of the state. And the state property tax would be phased out. Only thing is, the move comes just ahead of a May 18 election where the governor wants voters to hike their own taxes on everything they buy to help balance the budget.
Phoenix, AZ – At a press conference today Goddard said he was not preparing a plan of his own to bring revenues into line with expenses. But he said that cutting spending even further cannot be the whole answer.
(We have a whole set of revenue options that have not been considered. I would submit some of the loopholes that are still in our tax system need to be closed. Some of the special exceptions that have grown up over the years we can certainly not afford any more.)