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National

Biden Administration Makes Pitch for Higher Business Taxes

The Biden administration is drilling down on the argument that higher corporate tax rates would ultimately help an ailing economy.

Oil prices rise on the stronger economic outlook, US stockpile draw

Oil prices edged higher on Wednesday on the prospects for stronger global economic growth amid increased COVID-19 vaccinations and a report that crude inventories in the United States, the world's biggest fuel consumer, fell.

U.S. trade deficit hits record high as the economy gains speed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. trade deficit surged to a record high in February as the nation’s economic activity rebounded more quickly than that of its global rivals and could remain elevated this year, with massive fiscal stimulus expected to spur the fastest growth in nearly four decades.

 

State

Arizona business leaders voice concern over proposed election laws

PHOENIX - Arizona business leaders took aim at various bills in the state’s legislature that would change parts of Arizona’s election system.

Arizona businesses shielded from many COVID-19 lawsuits under new law

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed a law that protects businesses and other entities from "frivolous" lawsuits related to COVID-19, which he said was needed to protect healthcare providers and other businesses working to stem the pandemic.

Gov. Ducey calls resistance to ban on local mask mandates ‘grandstanding’

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday various city and county leaders who are ignoring his executive order banning local mask mandates were “grandstanding” but he encouraged continued mask use during the COVID pandemic.

 

Local

Expansions of big, small companies help build a healthy Arizona economy, more jobs

PHOENIX - After another expansion and jobs announcement in Phoenix last week by tech giant Intel, the manufacturing sector in Arizona is booming with small businesses bringing a major contribution.

Tempe to transform 5 lots along Apache Boulevard into affordable housing

Work is set to start later this summer on five lots along a stretch of Apache Boulevard in Tempe that will be transformed into affordable housing.

Monogram Health opens operations hub in Tempe

Monogram Health, a managed services company transforming care for individuals with chronic kidney and end-stage renal disease, has opened an operations hub in Tempe, Arizona, to support its growing patient base in the Western U.S. and nationwide.