Arizona small-business hiring ticked up slightly in June following a decrease the month before.

This month’s Intuit Payroll Small Business Indexes found that hiring at Arizona small businesses increased 0.03 percent in June, following a drop of 0.04 percent in May.  Read More

Arizona News


Arizona Congressmen Want More Flexible Voter Law
Arizona lawmakers at the state and federal level are working on separate efforts that would make it harder to vote in what Democrats are calling an attack on low-income and Latino voters.

Arizona's Republican U.S. Reps. Matt Salmon, Paul Gosar, David Schweikert and Trent Franks announced on Tuesday legislation that would allow states to verify voters' U.S. citizenship after a Supreme Court ruling struck down a state law targeting voters in the country illegally. Read More
Arizona Gov. Brewer Signs Election Overhaul Bill
Gov. Jan Brewer signed a sweeping election bill Wednesday that will overhaul the early voting process in Arizona and make it more difficult for third-party candidates to get on the ballot.

The legislation backed by state and local election officials seeks to trim Arizona's permanent early voting list and limit who may return mail ballots for voters.  Read More
Banks and Credit Unions Weathered Financial Storm
Four- and five-star financial institutions are classified as “recommended” by Bauer Financial, which said that more than 70 percent of U.S. banks and almost 76 percent of federally-insured federal credit unions now have that status.

One bank and one credit union in the Tucson region have joined the ranks of the most financially sound and healthy financial institutions in the U.S., according to quarterly rankings issued by Bauer Financial, an independent research firm known for its “star ratings.” Read More
Arizona Legislature Closes Door on Divisive Session
The 2013 Arizona Legislature finally wrapped up its work shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, June 14th, ending the most divisive session in recent memory on a congenial note.

With the final approval of the 2014 budget and Medicaid expansion finished by early Thursday afternoon, lawmakers worked into the night on lingering legislation to change election law and streamline state sales-tax collections. They also pushed a host of pet issues. Read More

Arizona Lawmakers Move to Revive Election Bills
A last-minute effort to revive a proposed Arizona election overhaul that would limit early voting has drawn the ire of Hispanic, civil rights and Democratic leaders.  State lawmakers advanced the omnibus election bill without debate last Thursday.

The measure seeks to trim the state's permanent early voting list and limit who can return mail ballots for voters. Opponents say the GOP is trying to limit minority voter participation.

Democrats who support Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan opposed by conservative Republicans say the GOP majority wants to use the proposed election changes to stall the budget approval process.

Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert denied that the GOP is using the election overhaul to pit Democrats against the Medicaid expansion plan.
Bennett Backs Congressional Bill Aimed at Cross-State Voter Registration
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett testified last Tuesday in support of a congressional bill aimed at keeping people from voting in multiple states, comparing it to a similar system pioneered by Arizona.

"The main goal of this legislation is to increase accuracy of voting record-keeping," Bennett said of the Voter Registration Efficiency Act, which would ask people who move into a new state if they will use their new address "for voter registration purposes."  Read More
The Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act of 2013
 U.S. Congressman Paul  Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) introduced The Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act of 2013, H.R. 2162. This legislation provides transparency by reporting the related costs incurred by electricity consumers as a result of environmental regulations. Although this bill does not amend environmental laws, it is premised on the notion that consumers have the right to know how much of their energy bill is related to ever-increasing compliance with federal regulations.  Read More

Arizona’s environmental watchdog in Congress, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, is circulating a letter and making phone calls to colleagues to try to lock down support for the top Democratic perch on the House Natural Resources Committee.

The ranking-member spot is likely to open up in June if the current highest Democrat on the committee, Rep. Ed Markey, wins a special election in which he is favored to replace former Sen. John Kerry in Massachusetts.  Read More

Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon has proposed legislation to impose term limits on Congress, a proposal that could one day leave him without a job.

Salmon’s bill, which was introduced April 23, would restrict representatives to three two-year terms and senators to two six-year terms.  Read More

A State Legislative Update Has Been Posted
State legislative updates are provided regularly as a resource for Association member credit unions during each states' legislative session.   A new update has been posted this week and my be accessed along with past updates with your member log in account at the following link:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Thursday a Republican-backed measure that wildly increases campaign finance limits and undermines the state's public campaign funding program enacted by voters to limit money in politics.  Read More