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... unsuccessful on that front.  Kahn, the economist, makes the case for how cities around the globe will fare in the face of global warming.  As you might guess, some places do better than others.  According ...
... credit for two more years. The added national debt remains a major worry, however. "It could increase the deficit by another $1 trillion," said Armando Roman, a certified public accountant at Axiom ...
... lower than their 2006 peak, and at the same level as 2000Q4. (For more on Lee's Arizona forecast, see this article in the online magazine Knowledge@W. P. Carey or access his presentation slides here.) ...
... to other states, which may require investing in infrastructure.” According to the study, the top states for solar energy consumption are Hawaii, Delaware, Alaska, Wisconsin, Maryland and Ohio. This list ...
Warning: This blog post, second in the series looking at America's competitiveness, doesn't get any sunnier.  Gathering storm, indeed. Earlier last month the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its annual ...
6. Next ACC Open Meeting: Nov. 22 & 23, 2010
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The next Open Meeting at the Arizona Corporation Commission has been re-scheduled: Monday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010.  To view the schedule for additional meetings (both Open and Hearing), ...
7. Bush Tax Cuts: Cutting Through the Noise
(News and Events/AIC News)
... spent. Overall, extending the tax cuts may prove to be a mixed bag for the economy if they are extended permanently, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. In the short-run, making ...
... of U.S. manufacturing companies responding to a recent survey say they are suffering from some level of skills shortages. According to the ACT College Readiness report, 78 percent of high school graduates ...
9. 2010 COMMISSION ELECTED
(News and Events/ACC News)
... the open seat vacated by Kris Mayes, who reached the term limit for the office.  The ACC, which oversees the state’s utilities and businesses, will continue to be comprised of 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats.  ...
... taxing Wyoming's wind power producers say that, as the eighth-windiest state in the nation, according to the American Wind Energy Association, Wyoming will remain a desirable location for wind farms even ...
I was saddened to learn last weekend of the death of a truly great Arizonan, Jorge Luis Garcia.  Jorge, the state Senate minority leader, was one of two Democratic candidates on the ballot for Corporation ...
According to a new research report by the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "stimulus bill" as most of us know it) did a lot of good for ...
... semi-trucks abound, and it seems like stretches of I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson are regularly closed due to accidents (it happened again just last week). It all makes the idea of a high-speed rail ...
... has forecasted a net job gain of 0.7 percent, or 16,500 jobs. That will be the first annual net job gain Arizona has seen in 3 years. Yet according to the Republic "while Arizona is losing jobs for the ...
15. Earn a Cool 4% - Without a Ton of Risk
(News and Events/AIC News)
... savings vehicles to barely-there levels. Cash is a joke: Rates on bank money-market accounts and short-term CDs average less than 0.5%, and money funds yield a microscopic 0.04%. Meanwhile, rates on ...
... before the mid-century. And that's the best-case scenario: it doesn't assume any changes in the amount of water Arizona gets from the Colorado River (which accounts for well over 40 percent of the state's ...
... taxes rise for the wealthiest Americans, fearing they would be accused of supporting a tax hike. Other Democrats believe they have a winning message of fiscal responsibility while making the rich pay more ...
... or do you run the utility? Rick Fowlkes: As I've said before, the role of the ACC is to look out for the ratepayer, so certainly we don't want to run things for the utility companies.  While there ...
... Mayes has called "the most powerful state agency you've probably heard nothing about" (learn about the ACC here). Michael Grant: As we look toward the future, what alternative energy sources do you ...
20. The Buzz: Why Dividends are Sexy Again
(News and Events/AIC News)
... dividends because stocks always seemed to go up. 'Why do you need a dividend?' But dividends should account for a bigger portion of the returns in stocks." Along those lines, it's encouraging that companies ...
... until the middle of this decade. Their stagnant wealth is likely to keep Americans reluctant from spending freely -- and the struggling economy from picking up strength. Consumers tend to spend according ...
The Associated Press reported earlier this week the results of its September AP-GfK poll.  On the question, "The tax cuts that were passed in 2001 will expire this year if they are not continued.  Which ...
23. Bush Tax Cuts: What You Need to Know
(News and Events/AIC News)
... in their effectiveness to other types of tax cuts to make sure the money is well spent. Overall, extending the tax cuts may prove to be a mixed bag for the economy if they are extended permanently, according ...
... all their constituents back home will get big tax increases. A typical family of four with a household income of $50,000 a year would have to pay $2,900 more in taxes in 2011, according to a new analysis ...
... easy, to be certain) than actually making policy (or not) to accomplish that goal.  We have to remember, of course, that every other state in the U.S. and most other countries as well would like to beat ...
Talk about walking a tightrope.  On Monday we celebrated work in an environment some compare to the late 1930s.  On one hand, we worry about budget deficits that threaten to weaken the value of U.S. Treasury ...
It's a race that is never as high-profile as other elections in Arizona.  To many voters, the office of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is little understood and often overlooked.  Yet the decisions ...
... farms across the country. According to a California Energy Commission study, over 1,000 birds of prey are killed every year by turbines at one wind farm, the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area near San Francisco. ...
29. ACC Launches Arizona-Goes-Solar Website
(News and Events/ACC News)
Commission Launches Arizona Goes Solar Website PHOENIX—The Arizona Corporation Commission today launched Arizona Goes Solar, a website created to be a one-stop shop for homeowners and business owners ...
... according to the Arizona Republic, "Unless the state can lure or develop more companies that require highly paid, highly skilled workforces, a good number of the future jobs in the state are likely to ...
... useless - I do believe we should diversify our energy sources - but I think that perhaps there are other ways to accomplish that goal than by transitioning to solar and wind technologies as they're currently ...
... ACC approved the Renewable Energy Standard, which builds on the EPS.  It requires the state's regulated electricity providers to generate 15% of their energy from renewable resources by 2025. I've written ...
... it holds that Internet users should have equal access to all types of information online, and that companies offering Internet service should not be able to give priority to some sources or types of content.) ...
34. The Great Dividend-Tax Mystery
(News and Events/AIC News)
... tax, because the lapse would affect even more low earners than high earners. When taxes were cut for those in top brackets, they were also cut for those at the bottom. According to the Tax Policy Center, ...
35. ACC Requires 22% in Energy-Use Cut by 2020
(News and Events/ACC News)
as reported 7/28/2010 Tucson AZ Star State regulators approved rules Tuesday requiring utilities to cut their customers' annual energy use by at least 22 percent by 2020 - among the highest such standards ...
... a share of gross product, Phoenix ranked in the middle 20 metro areas.  Exports account for 10.4 percent of Arizona's economy; in Wichita, Portland, and San Jose, that share is 28, 21, and 20 percent, ...
... majority currently allocate less than 5% of their planned investments, according to a poll carried out jointly New Energy World Network and research firm AltAssets. This is expected to change substantially ...
38. Green Dream: Meet Reality
(News and Events/AIC News)
... from renewable sources - most of that from hydroelectric power. For all the hype over wind and solar, the reality is that they contribute very little to our energy supply, with wind accounting for less ...
39. The Tax Tsunami on the Horizon...
(News and Events/AIC News)
... same level as it is for single filers. Letting the Bush cuts expire will cost taxpayers $115 billion next year alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and $2.6 trillion through 2020. But ...
... than the old house.  She swears that the thermostat is busted. I reminded her that we've had some intensely hot days during the move transition, which may well account for the higher energy usage on ...
41. Dividends 101
(News and Events/AIC News)
... or cash deposit. Shareholders pay taxes on their dividend income according to their respective tax brackets. Who invests in dividend-paying companies? Millions of Americans, from all income levels ...
... century."  In an effort to meet that challenge, and to create jobs, the stimulus bill Congress passed last year allocated $7.2 billion to bringing high-speed Internet access to unserved (and under-served) ...
43. Water: Act Now to Conserve the New Oil
(News and Events/AIC News)
... clean air. With a thoughtful combination of planning and new technology, we can do it. The problems with our water supply The United States has a host of water issues.  In 2003, the US General Accounting ...
... ideas to drive new businesses" that Arizona needs. What does the SFAz do? According to the Science Foundation Arizona website: "Arizonans want a strong economy, a good education system, and the availability ...
... is the way to go,” said Court Rich, an attorney with Rose Law Group PC, which represented installer SolarCity in the case. Last fall, Foster City, Calif.-based SolarCity asked the ACC to forgo regulation ...
... the public health and environmental threat The EPA's proposed rule for light-duty vehicles would, according to the agency, reduce GHG emissions by 950 million metric tons and conserve 1.8 billion ...
... reducing our dependence on foreign energy, and producing energy more cleanly. I think that the best way to accomplish the goals that our presidents have been talking about (but not acting on) for more ...
48. ACC Information Sheet
(News and Events/ACC News)
What exactly does the Arizona Corporation Commission do? What do voters need to know to make an informed decision when electing new commissioners? Click on the link below for the AIC Information Sheet ...
... will be affected? Everyone who owns dividend-paying stock.  Some people argue that the dividend tax hike will impact only the wealthiest Americans.  Yet according to a study released earlier this year ...
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