Business Desk

Electric shared scooters arrived in Mexico City with disruptive technologies and concerns. While some see in them innovation and an opportunity, others think that these vehicles need to be regulated — or even eradicated.
Taxpayer Bill From Arpaio Profiling Case To Reach $150M By Mid-2020
The taxpayer bill for a racial profiling case stemming from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration patrols in metropolitan Phoenix is expected to reach nearly $150 million by the summer of 2020.
Apr. 19, 2019
$220 Million Available To Cleanup Navajo Uranium Mines
The federal government seeks proposals from businesses to clean up abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. But some say Navajo-owned businesses aren’t big enough to handle the project. The EPA plans to parse out $220 million to multiple "small businesses."
Apr. 19, 2019
Report: New NAFTA Would Bring Growth, Employment Gains
If enacted, the renegotiated NAFTA deal could grow the U.S. economy and bring modest jumps in employment, according to a new report from the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Apr. 19, 2019
Maricopa County Is Fastest Growing, But Planners Expecting More
Maricopa County is the country’s fastest growing county. Between 2017 and 2018, the county added more than 81,000 residents. That brings Maricopa County’s population up to more than 4.4 million, which makes it the fourth most populous county in the U.S.
Apr. 19, 2019
Phoenix Approves Central Station Development
The Phoenix City Council this week narrowly approved a more than $230 million development project at Central Station. But some critics have complained the housing options do not include enough affordable and workforce housing.
Apr. 19, 2019
EV Water Utilities Negotiating Potential Interconnection
The town of Queen Creek is negotiating with an interim manager of troubled water utility Johnson Utilities to prepare for increasing water demands from customers this summer.
Apr. 18, 2019
Phoenix Wants A Dutch Bros. To Move
Usually when a business has to close its doors, it’s because it’s not bringing in enough people. But one Dutch Bros. stand has the opposite problem.
Apr. 18, 2019
California Dispute Threatens Drought Contingency Plan
A dispute between two major California water agencies is threatening to derail a hard-won agreement designed to protect a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West.
Apr. 18, 2019
Paramedic Wins $3.8M In Lawsuit Over Pumping Milk
Carrie Clark sued the city in 2014, saying Tucson Fire Department officials and human resources staffers denied her requests to transfer to fire stations that could accommodate her as she pumped, the Arizona Daily Star newspaper reported.
Apr. 18, 2019
Journalist: Chris Evans
President Donald Trump hasn’t been shy about invoking the phrase “enemy of the people” when it comes to reporters and journalists as part of his criticism of coverage that he doesn’t deem favorable.
Apr. 18, 2019
Grandparents Shatter Financial, Cultural Stereotypes
The role that U.S. grandparents play is changing, according to a new survey by AARP. The organization’s latest study found from a cultural and financial perspective, grandparents are shattering stereotypes.
Apr. 17, 2019
World Standing On Precipice Of Mobility Revolution
There’s evidence all around us that transportation and mobility are changing, and new analysis says we’re now looking at mobility’s second great inflection point.
Apr. 17, 2019
A Debate Rages Around Proposed Tucson
There is a debate raging in Tucson around 20 acres of land across the street from the Saguaro National Park that developers want to turn into a “bike ranch.” Last week, more than 200 people crowded a Pima County hearing about the development to oppose it, but it could be moving forward anyway.
Apr. 17, 2019
Governor Axes Licenses For Blow-Dry Salons
Hair stylists in Arizona who only provide blow-drying, curling and shampoo services won't have to be licensed under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.
Apr. 17, 2019
Board Of Police, Fire Pension Plan Puts Chief On Leave
The trustees of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System announced Tuesday that it had placed fund administrator Jared Smout on leave. The board said in a statement that it acted in response to preliminary findings of an outside investigation it sought into a February complaint by an employee alleging unfair workplace treatment.
Apr. 17, 2019
More Women Growing Old Poor In Phoenix, Mirroring National Trend
More and more women are growing old poor. That’s according to a report by the national advocacy group Justice in Aging. In Phoenix, the reasons why this is happening mirror what’s going on nationally.
Special Report: Homeless In Plain Sight
Apr. 17, 2019
Bill Would Loosen Hiring Restrictions For Workers With Criminal Records
Criminal records have long disqualified Arizona residents from obtaining an occupational license or working for the state of Arizona. House Bill 2660, which is passing through the Legislature, would loosen those restrictions.
Apr. 16, 2019
First Peoria Circulator Bus Service Launching On April 22
Peoria will get its first circulator bus service on April 22, 2019. After free neighborhood circulators in cities like Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, the next city to get on that bus is Peoria.
Apr. 16, 2019
Changes May Be Coming To U.S. Train Travel
Dramatic changes may be coming to the way train travel works in the United States. There has been discussion about increasing ridership in more populated areas while potentially de-emphasizing long-distance travel.
Apr. 16, 2019
Why Americans Care How Citizens Get Government Money
There is a robust debate in the United States about the role government should play in people’s lives, and one of the policy areas where that debate plays out most loudly is around public benefits like welfare, food stamps and child-care subsidies.
Apr. 16, 2019