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Lawmakers Push Tax Cut If More Tax Collected From Online Sales

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Republican lawmakers in the Arizona House are pushing a measure that would cut income taxes if the state begins collecting sales taxes from online sales. Republicans championed an overhaul of the state's complex business sales tax collection system last year partly to make it possible to collect sales tax on Internet purchases if a proposed federal law passes. Collecting those taxes could be a big windfall for the state, estimated to be at least $100 million a year.
 
Republicans see the new collections as a tax increase and are pushing for an identical income tax decrease once those collections begin. Democrats argue that closing a reporting loophole is not a tax increase. They accuse Read More »

Skin Infection Postpones School Wrestling Matches

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School wrestling teams across Arizona were not hitting the mat this past weekend after reports that several athletes have come down with a skin infection.
 
The Arizona Interscholastic Association postponed all its sectional wrestling tournaments, which were to take place Saturday, as a precautionary measure. AIA officials say when the competition does resume, anyone with a suspicious skin lesion will be prohibited from participating. They have also called for mats to be disinfected between matches. According to AIA, none of the infected wrestlers appear to have MRSA, a highly-contagious bacteria. They say any athletes who discover any kind of skin lesion should see a doctor.
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Gosar Commends FAA’s Decision To Allow More Grand Canyon Flights

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar issued the following statement Thursday commending the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow 1721 additional Grand Canyon flights per year utilizing quiet technology. Quote – "I was thrilled to learn that the FAA has allowed additional quiet flights over the Grand Canyon. This commonsense decision will create good-paying jobs and boost economic activity in an extremely rural area.” – unquote. Prior to this legislative victory, Representative Gosar raised awareness of this issue through a series of letters.

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Cocopah Tribe Will Donate Money To Special Olympics

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The Cocopah Indian Tribe will donate $5000 to the Special Olympics Arizona in Yuma. The money will support adaptive sports training and competitions in Yuma. Sports offered include power lifting, tennis, track and field, basketball, golf, bowling and aquatics. There are currently 250 participants in the Yuma area. Cocopah Tribal Elder Paul Soto will present a check to Special Olympic athletes and Lisa Ball, Director of Youth Programs with the Special Olympics Arizona Wednesday at 10am at the Achieve Human Services office located on East 40th Street.

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Indio Border Patrol Agents Arrest Suspected Narcotics Smuggler

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El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler Wednesday and seized more than two pounds of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle. Border Patrol agents encountered a 32-year-old male driving a blue 2000 Chevrolet pick-up as he approached the Highway 86 checkpoint.
 
A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and the driver was referred to secondary for further inspection. During secondary inspection agents discovered five individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine along with a glass pipe inside the vehicle’s center console and driver side door. The methamphetamine had a combined Read More »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Arrest Drug Smugglers; Seize Over 800 Pounds Of Marijuana

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Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested 12 smugglers in the past two days and seized over 800 pounds of marijuana worth in excess of $400,000. Agents patrolling southwest of Gila Bend apprehended four smugglers Wednesday carrying 512 pounds of marijuana. Thursday, agents arrested eight smugglers backpacking 289 pounds of marijuana near the Paloma Farm exit on I-8. All 12 individuals are Mexican nationals who had illegally entered the United States through commonly used smuggling routes crossing the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. The individuals and narcotics were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.Read More »

Closing Offshore Tax Loophole Would Bring $20 Million To Arizona

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Arizona would have more than $20 million more in state coffers if a tax loophole were closed. That is according to a new report from the United States Public Interest Research Group that focuses on a so-called "water's edge" exemption – meaning that U.S. taxes on income are exempt for money generated inside another country. Dan Smith helped write the report. He explains that it is as simple as a corporation setting up a post office box in a low-tax country, such as the Cayman Islands, and claiming the exemption.
 
The report points out that while federal action could be taken to close the loophole, states can do it, too. Montana and Oregon already have taken that s Read More »

Transient Hospitalized After Being Run Over In Middle Of The Road


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A transient is hospitalized in critical condition after being run over by a car while he was in the middle of a Phoenix street. They say the man was about 21-years-old, but his name was not immediately released. Police say it is unclear why the transient was in the street. The unidentified driver was on his way to get coffee and was unsure what he hit. Police say impairment does not appear to be a factor in the accident, but darkness might have played a role.

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Governor Jan Brewer OK’s Millions In CPS Money

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed legislation giving the state's child welfare agency enough cash to hire 192 new workers right away. The Senate and House of Representatives voted last week to approve the extra $6.8 million in spending. Brewer pulled Child Protective Services from its parent agency on January 13th and made it a stand-alone department reporting to her. The action was triggered by revelations that more than 65-hundred child-abuse and neglect reports had intentionally not been investigated. Brewer also signed a special appropriation bill Thursday giving $1.46 million to the Independent Redistricting Commission, which is fighting lawsuits contesting Legislative and c Read More »

Gas Prices Remain Steady At The Pump


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Gasoline prices around Arizona are virtually the same at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.24 a gallon. That is down by less than a penny from last week. This week's national average is at $3.27 per gallon, also less than a penny lower than last week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.15 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.35.
 
Montana has the lowest average gas prices in the continental United States at $3.02 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.63 a gallon.

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