Arizona

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By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- Arizona's jobless rate ticked down a tenth of a point in January, helped in part by more people being willing to go out to eat and drink.

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By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- With just minor opposition, the state Senate voted 25-4 Thursday for the first increase in unemployment benefits since 2004.

By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- With the declared emergency now a full year old, state lawmakers are moving to force Gov. Doug Ducey to finally use the existing Statewide Emergency Council that was specifically created to advise him and monitor his activities.

Brandon Mejia

By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- The question of whether Arizona gets to keep its ban on "ballot harvesting'' could turn on  whether a now-ejected state legislator who first proposed the law was trying to suppress minority votes -- and how his motive affected his colleagues.

By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- A veteran lawmaker is proposing what amounts to an end-run to allow some business owners to avoid paying the just-approved income tax surcharge for education.

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