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Between the price of groceries, higher mortgage rates and news reports of layoffs, some people are bracing for tougher economic times — or wondering if they should be. So how does the Valley’s economy look?
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Jan. 27, 2023
Arizona’s Department of Revenue says it has more than $2 billion in unclaimed property belonging to people who live — or have lived — in the state. Some of the items are on the auction block.
More Arizona business news
Jan. 26, 2023
milk, eggs, orange juice on counter
House Republicans at the state Capitol are pushing a plan to eliminate the city sales tax on groceries in Arizona. It’s a proposal that was met with skepticism from some — including Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts.
Jan. 23, 2023
Tempe City Hall
Nearly 30 entrepreneurs in Tempe have received grants up to $25,000. The money can be used for anything to help their business succeed — that could mean covering rent, investing in training, or buying supplies and equipment.
Jan. 12, 2023
Phoenix Arizona backyard chicken
Egg prices are up — and there’s no relief in sight, thanks to an avian flu outbreak that killed tens of millions of chickens. But not Amy McSheffrey’s. The Phoenix resident keeps 13 chickens in her backyard on the outskirts of the Arcadia neighborhood.
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Jan. 11, 2023
a drag show at a venue
Three Arizona Senate bills aimed at regulating or restricting drag shows in the state were filed Friday.
Jan. 8, 2023
corn  in field
A major development coming to southwest Phoenix involves turning a 100-year-old farmhouse into a restaurant.
Jan. 5, 2023
girl jumping in air and shooting ball toward a basket
The Phoenix City Council approved a $300,000 contract Wednesday to provide legal services to residents of three mobile home parks being displaced for development.
Jan. 4, 2023
An area of south Phoenix known as the "Four Corners" could soon be home to a farmer’s market. It will mark the first project on land the city took control of more than 20 years ago.
Jan. 3, 2023
The Phoenix City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on leasing vacant property at Phoenix Goodyear Airport.
Jan. 3, 2023
social media icons on a phone
Tempe-based businesses that need help navigating social media can find support through a city resource center.
Dec. 30, 2022
Arizona's minimum wage
Starting Jan. 1, 2023, Arizona’s minimum wage will increase more than a dollar an hour. The hike is meant to keep up with the cost of living.
Dec. 23, 2022
Scottsdale city seal
Property owners who offer short-term rentals in Scottsdale must register with the city by January 8th.
Dec. 20, 2022
The $745 million dollar project extends the existing Sky Train 2.5 miles to the Rental Car Center at 18th Street and Buckeye Road. Trains will depart every three to five minutes, 24 hours a day.
Dec. 19, 2022
inside a waymo car
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport says it’s the first airport in the world to offer fully autonomous vehicle rides.
More Arizona business news
Dec. 16, 2022
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Hundreds of fans were turned away from a reggaetón superstar’s concert in Mexico City over the weekend because their tickets turned out to be fake. Mexico’s president is now asking the Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny to give another concert.
Dec. 15, 2022
Walmart drone delivery
Walmart is now offering drone delivery for select customers in Arizona. The option is available to customers who live within a mile of four stores — two in Glendale and two in Peoria.
Dec. 15, 2022
Phoenix Bus McDowell Route 17 First Transit
The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a plan to transition the city’s bus fleet to zero-emission models by 2040.
Dec. 14, 2022
grocery shopping cart
The latest Consumer Price Index report shows spending shifted last month. As prices decreased at the gas pump, there were still increases in produce and other grocery items. But the index for urban area consumers rose just 0.1%.
Dec. 14, 2022
gas pump
The average cost per gallon of regular unleaded gas is now lower than a year ago. That’s true for the national average at $3.83 but depends where you live in the state, according to AAA Arizona spokesperson Julian Paredes.
Dec. 9, 2022


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