Amazon noted in its latest FEC filing that it's going to start collecting Arizona sales tax on purchases in the state, which currently stands at 6.6 percent.
About 40 people have been laid off at the Arizona Republic, which also announced plans to close a Chandler press that prints USA Today and various inserts.
The local pink slips come as part of a 2 percent layoff at Gannett's publishing division nationwide. About 700 people are losing their jobs.
Publisher John Zidich, in a Republic article today, cites weak national revenue at Gannett as part of the reason. As with layoffs at the state's largest newspaper in mid-2008, late 2008 and 2009, the limping economy also is blamed.
Some Republic staffers heard the news well after others -- because they were on mandatory, unpaid furloughs announced last month.More »
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A Maricopa County Superior Court judge entered the default judgment this week, ordering Prehoda and Belevan to reimburse fees and a civil award to 2,495 people who went to the men's company -- Guardian Group -- to reduce the principal amount of their mortgage loan.More »
Arizona's conservative, anti-immigrant politics help make it a "failed state," says the Boston Review in a lengthy article published today.
The piece makes plenty of good points, but gets watered down by writer Tom Barry's overly simplistic solution. If Arizona simply raised taxes, elected liberal leaders, embraced the federal government as a gentle father-figure and welcomed undocumented workers with open arms, Barry seems to be saying, we'd be doing great.
It's probably tough to understand Arizona's challenges when you're from a state where the poor stay poor and the rich grow ungodly wealthy.
For instance, Barry writes that:
The surge of illegal immigration over the past two decades has in many ways enriched our economy and communities. But--occurring outside the law and in the absence of a shared national plan of sustainable economic growth--illegal immigration contributed to the erosion of our society's sense of community.
In other words, illegal immigration causes only perceived problems -- not real ones.
Barry depressingly concludes:
Arizona apparently deserves its reputatation as a mecca for low-paying jobs, ranking 40th in an economic analysis among states for per-capita income.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports, according to the Biz Journal this morning, that the average income for state residents if $34,999 -- "well below the national average of $40,584."
It could always be worse. Thankfully, the deep south and other western states keep Arizona from settling to the bottom. Advancing a smidgen up the ladder since 2009, we beat out the likes of Indiana, Kentucky and -- at No. 50 -- the Third World state of Mississippi.More »
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