Which way economy?
That’s the trillion-dollar question. Arizona continues to chug merrily along amid a global economic engine that has begun to sputter and spurt.
First, the good news: the Arizona economy grows apace, demonstrated by the latest fiscal analysis released this week by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Consumers keep spending – sales tax collections in July were 6% higher than the same month a year ago, topping the forecast by $6 million. And businesses keep earning – corporate income tax jumped nearly 23% in July, beating projections by $8.7 million.
And yet … the drumbeat of recession only grows louder.
First, there was the dreaded “inverted yield curve” – either a nearly perfect predictor of economic recessions over the past 50 years or the nerdiest Avengers villain ever created. Then, new numbers from U.S. manufacturing indicate the critical sector shrank in August for the first time in a decade.
What was happening in the economy ten years ago? Oh, that’s right.
Unknowable is whether these are blips, a temporary byproduct of trade friction with China. Or the first signs of a global downturn that may be much deeper and devastating.
Attorney General Brnovich Announces Agreement with 51 Attorneys General and 12 Phone Companies to Combat Illegal Robocalls
PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced that as a result of a bipartisan, public/private coalition of 51 attorneys general and 12 phone companies, the phone companies have agreed to adopt eight principles to fight illegal robocalls. This agreement will help protect phone users from illegal robocalls and make it easier for attorneys general to investigate and prosecute bad actors.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office serves on the executive committee of a bipartisan coalition of 42 state attorneys general that assisted in drafting these principles. The principles do not set a deadline for implementation, but the attorneys general expect that the companies will implement the principles as soon as is practical.
“These principles are being adopted to help us stop illegal robocalls from reaching our phones,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “I applaud industry for working with attorneys general and for making available free call-blocking tools and committing to share information with my office so we can continue to bring bad actors to justice.”
[…] If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud or illegal robocalls, you can file a consumer complaint by visiting the Attorney General’s website. If you need a complaint form sent to you, you can contact the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6648, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at (800) 352-8431.
Full copy of the principles.
PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — They say that every dog has his day.
And for one Arizona shelter dog, that day has come, as he lands a starring role in the upcoming Disney remake of “Lady and the Tramp.”
“Monte,” a 2-year-old terrier mix, once called HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix his “home,” until he was adopted.
Monte was rescued from the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces, New Mexico, by HALO Animal Rescue in April 2018.
[…] Shelter staffers noted that Monte was super friendly, loved to greet people and give kisses, and loved attention. He also knew how to sit and walked well on a leash.
So, when animal trainers came scouting from Hollywood, looking for rescue dogs to cast in the movie, Monte was a natural pick.
Monte was adopted by the trainers, and, aside from his filming and publicity appearances, he was said to be leading a happy, normal life.
[…] Monte’s “voice” will be that of actor Justin Theroux, a proud pet parent of his own rescue dog in real life.
And Disney adds that all the rescue dogs featured in the film found “forever homes” when production ended.
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PHOENIX – The Fiesta Bowl is kicking in $2 million for the Hance Park Revitalization Project, a gift that will be used to build a new playground in the downtown Phoenix recreation area.
“Construction of this play area will kick off the first phase of the project, and it is fitting that such a valuable community partner is helping to get it started,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said in a press release.
“The city is grateful to the Fiesta Bowl for this significant commitment. Downtown Phoenix is a region where people want to live, work and spend their free time, and a renovated Hance Park helps to further our growth.”
The Fiesta Bowl is the first major financial supporter for the revitalization project, public-private partnership led by the Hance Park Partner Coalition. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy are part of the planned $100 million project.
The section funded by the Fiesta Bowl donation will be called Fiesta Bowl Play at Hance Park. It will be constructed on the west side of the park and opened to commemorate the bowl game’s 50th anniversary season in 2020. […]
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Early dyslexia identification aims to significantly improve students’ trajectories in school and life
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Pearson announced its selection by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide digital dyslexia screenings to K-3 students across the state. Missouri is leading the charge in the nation to implement and fully fund a universal dyslexia screen for early elementary level students.
[…] “We are proud to support Missouri with its goal to give students who struggle to read the best possible start in life,” said Arthur Valentine, managing director, clinical assessment at Pearson. “Early identification means that students receive intervention and instruction earlier, leading to better outcomes. The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen is a unique valid and reliable screening tool that helps teachers to identify students at risk, supports school staff and decision-making and provides support for families.”
“We found the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen to be both effective and time-efficient in our screening process,” said Amanda McCaleb, literacy intervention specialist at Springfield Public Schools in Missouri. “The clarity of the results allowed us to easily identify students in need of additional support.”
Chamber Business News
Question: What is your professional background?
Answer: I’m the senior director for government relations, external affairs. That’s fancy language for I do lobbying for the company at the local, state and federal levels. I’ve been doing that for a long time here- over 25 years- and economic development has been a very big part of that.
[…] Q: What is your role with the Arizona-Mexico Commission?
A: Well, I joined the Arizona-Mexico Commission as an individual member in the late eighties-early nineties. I’m not exactly sure when that happened, but I’ve been around close to 30 years as a member of the Commission. When I joined Tucson Electric Power, we joined in a much different manner and we became partners of the Commission back in ’92. So, since then I’ve been a member of the board of directors having been appointed to serve in that capacity. I’ve enjoyed that tenure and it’s been very fulfilling because of the mission of the Commission. It aligned very closely with what Tucson Electric Power is all about with respect to trade.
[…] Q: Why do you think the work the Arizona-Mexico Commission does is important for Arizona?
A: Well, Mexico is Arizona’s largest trading partner. With Tucson located so close to ports and to the border, we have seen it firsthand that the trade relationship is very important for Arizona. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are dependent upon it and as a result, we can’t stress the importance of that trade relationship.
[…] Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
A: The networking opportunities that have been available for all participants or members of the Arizona-Mexico Commission or the Sonora-Arizona Commission from Sonora that participate. The networking opportunities have been tremendous. We do have formal meetings and then we have breaks. And, during those breaks, during the social hours or during the dinners that we’ve conducted, a tremendous amount of business has been transacted. Opportunities have been identified, new relationships have been formed that have led to new opportunities for our region, which has been a really exciting part of who we are. And, that is to have had an opportunity to have an organization that has allowed that to flourish. So, that’s been a real exciting part of our involvement.
Chamber Business News
Mexican tomato growers and exporters reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Commerce on a new tomato suspension agreement. The five-year agreement, which has been volleyed back and forth since the cancellation of the original agreement in May, will now enter a public comment period before it goes into effect on September 19.
A series of five-year suspension agreements between the Mexican growers and the U.S. Department of Commerce since 1996 had originally set prices for Mexican tomato imports and suspended dumping investigations from the United States.
Importers in the U.S. will be entitled to reimbursement of cash deposits made from May 7 to Sept. 19. Mexican growers were slapped with a 17.56 percent anti-dumping duty on May 7 before seeing that number rise to 25.28 percent.
[…] Although local stakeholders applaud the decision to eliminate the duty on tomato imports, some are concerned about the new provision requiring increased inspections.
“The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is gratified that the United States Department of Commerce and Mexican tomato growers have produced a new draft Tomato Suspension Agreement that will end the current duties on tomatoes exported from Mexico to the U.S.,” Fresh Produce Association of the Americas President Lance Jungmeyer in a statement. “At the same time, the FPAA is profoundly concerned that a provision in the draft agreement appears to require inspections of up to 92% of all lots of tomatoes from Mexico at the U.S. border.”
According to Jungmeyer, inspections may create substantial delays that compromise the quality and availability of tomatoes to American consumers.
Tomatoes are a major economic staple in the U.S., and especially in Arizona. They make up nearly 20 percent of the produce imports that come in from Mexico, the United States’ current top trading partner. Increasing the volume of tomatoes that undergo inspection creates backlogs and warehouse jams for tomatoes and other goods that go through the ports of entry and could cause a ripple effect. […]
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