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The study of economics is a lot like a film by Joel and Ethan Coen – you know the ending will be bad, very bad for somebody, but you can’t look away as the story rolls on and sorts-out the winners and ...
On Wednesday I attended the 47th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon presented by the Department of Economics at Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business and JPMorgan Chase.  Overall, I ...
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 ...
... to build new R&D facilities, 77 percent say they will build in China or India. Since 1995 the United States share of world shipments of photovoltaics has fallen from over 40 percent to well under ...
5. 2010 COMMISSION ELECTED
(News and Events/ACC News)
... Pierce will be the senior member of the Commission. Both Commissioner-elect Pierce and Burns participated in AIC’s Candidate Survey and AIC's 2010 Candidate Debate held in September.  AIC congratulates ...
Last week in my post Google Likes Wind. Shouldn't Arizona? I briefly mentioned the fact that the Wyoming legislature passed a new tax on wind producers in that state - the first move of its kind in the ...
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 ...
I don't know anyone who would classify the drive on I-10 from Phoenix to Tucson as particularly enjoyable.  There are often construction delays, traffic is always heavy (but still travelling at 75 mph), ...
We got some good (or, at least, not so bad) jobs-related news last week: the Arizona Department of Commerce has revised its 2010 job loss forecast from 2 percent to 1 percent - meaning that analysts expect ...
"Gary, let's keep the water crisis from becoming a catastrophe!" I thought about that comment, dated August 20, 2009 and signed Robert Glennon (on the inside flap of my copy of his book, Unquenchable) ...
On Wednesday I blogged about the first half of the 2010 Candidate Debate for the office of Arizona Corporation Commissioner we hosted last week.  As a recap, four candidates participated: Hon. David Bradley, ...
Last Thursday we hosted the 2010 Candidate Debate for the office of Arizona Corporation Commissioner.  Four candidates participated: Hon. David Bradley, Ms. Brenda Burns, Mr. Rick Fowlkes, and Commissioner ...
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 ...
Last Wednesday was a busy day for our state's leaders.  First was the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook 2011 breakfast where economist Elliott Pollack told the audience that 2011 would ...
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 ...
I've written a few times before about the need for Arizona to compete to attract high-paying jobs.  And that, with some exceptions, the highest-paying jobs are in industries that produce for consumption ...
19. 2010 CANDIDATE DEBATE
(News and Events/ACC News)
... channels around the state over the next two months.  A schedule of these broadcasts will be provided by AIC as soon as it is developed by Cox Communications.   The event was also recorded in webcast ...
In my last post (A Long and Windy Road to Our Renewable Energy Future) I talked about how renewable energy standards like Arizona's may be harder to achieve than we think.  That doesn't mean I think they're ...
In 2008 former Vice President Al Gore challenged the United States to get 100% of its energy from renewable sources in 10 years.  That was clearly an unattainable goal: nationwide, just 5% of our energy ...
In 2002 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that cable broadband services should be classified as information, rather than telecommunication, services.  That means cable broadband is less ...
"NO WAY!!!" That was my reaction when I read in the Wall Street Journal that counties, cities, and towns have decided instead of ponying up the money to fix decaying roads that they'll simply rip them ...
... competitive in an increasingly global economy. Gary Yaquinto is president of the Arizona Investment Council. He can be reached at 602-257-9200 or gyaquinto@arizonaic.org.    ...
I really love it when one of my blog posts generates a discussion - my aim here is, after all, to foster a dialogue about issues that are important to me, to the AIC, and to Arizonans.  So I've been happy ...
In an earlier blog post, Follow-the-Leader: Why Isn't Arizona First in Solar Technology? I wrote about the importance of Arizona being a technology leader - and the opportunity we have in green energy, ...
27. The Tax Tsunami on the Horizon...
(News and Events/AIC News)
... way from 15% to 39.6% — a 164% increase. (underline added by AIC) Both the cap-gains and dividend taxes will go up further in 2013 as the health care reform adds a 3.8% Medicare levy for individuals ...
Corporation Commission Candidates Respond to AIC Survey Six candidates for the office of Arizona Corporation Commissioner have filed signature petitions with the Secretary of State, qualifying for the ...
People are often shocked at the size of their electricity bills and have very little understanding of the source or cause of high bills.  For example, a friend recently moved into a new house in the Northeast ...
... good right about now. In Arizona it's difficult to know exactly who does and doesn't have access to broadband services.  In the infrastructure study the AIC sponsored the year before last, analysts from ...
31. Is Water Too Cheap?
(Blog/Blog)
... Chairwoman Kris Mayes, who pointed out, first, that "utility-scale solar projects moving forward in Arizona have principally adopted photovoltaic technology, which has minimal water requirements."  Second, ...
I've been blogging a lot lately about the importance of innovation - and government support for it - in securing Arizona's competitive position in a new global economy.  (See WANTED: 100,000 Innovators ...
It began way back in 2007, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Massachusetts v. EPA that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1) could not decline states' requests to issue emission standards for ...
It hasn't been a good month for fossil fuels in the U.S.  First, the massive (and still gushing) crude oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico had the federal government impose a 6-month moratorium on deep-water ...
I seem to have hit upon an admittedly unusual case of prescience in my recent blog posts.  Just after I wrote last Friday's post on energy innovation, WANTED: 100,000 Innovators in 100,000 Garages, GE ...
36. 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 ...
I've written more than once before about America's need for 100,000 innovators in 100,000 garages around the country working on 100,000 ideas to create what will be to the green revolution what Google ...
A few weeks ago the Senate Budget Committee passed its fiscal 2011 budget resolution.  I'll leave it to the others to hash out the overarching economic effects of tax increases.  Instead I'd like to opine ...
"[President Obama] talked about how China and Germany are way ahead of us in the race to dominate the energy technology business. He said the spill shows how unsustainable the increased costs and risks ...
... the Arizona Corporation Commission."  It particularly struck me because about a year and a half ago the AIC released a report titled, "Streamlining Administrative and Ratemaking Processes of the Arizona ...
Corporation Commission Candidates Respond to AIC Survey Six candidates for the office of Arizona Corporation Commissioner have filed signature petitions with the Secretary of State, qualifying for the ...
In one of his presentations on the importance of infrastructure, Tim James -- the director of research at the Seidman Institute (and project director for AIC's infrastructure study) -- pulled up a slide ...
... to the public sector. The authors of our 2008 AIC infrastructure study (Infrastructure Needs and Funding Alternatives for Arizona: 2008-2032) cited a number of benefits that PPPs can offer.  Among them: ...
... an AIC-commissioned study on the economic impact of the WCI on Arizona has said, "The cost of controlling greenhouse gas emissions is small compared to the benefits. We won't be quite as wealthy if we ...
... infrastructure to reclaim wastewater and deliver it to end users. The water chapter in the 2008 AIC Arizona Infrastructure Study explained the issue well: Currently, water isn't being treated in places ...
... Q4 2009, as government incentives spurred spending on the part of companies. In the U.S., wind and solar photovoltaics remained the most attractive energy sources for utilities due to extended tax credits, ...
... like reforming the finance industry and regulating greenhouse gases.  Visitors to AIC’s Web site have probably noticed from our past postings that we have a keen interest in how governments impose controls ...
... the purpose of broadband planning and determining future broadband needs." In Arizona, according to the AIC infrastructure study, "To provide broadband connectivity to the currently un-served population ...
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50. AIC News Archive
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51. AIC Events
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52. AIC Board of Directors Meeting
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53. AIC Board of Directors Meeting
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54. AIC Board of Directors Meeting
(Calendar event/General)
55. Economic Tradeoffs of Carbon Controls
(Calendar event/General)
"The Economic Tradeoffs of Carbon Control: How Much It Will Cost and Who Will Be Affected" (held in conjunction with the AIC Annual Meeting) hosted by AIC and Az Businesses Advancing Sustainability Dec. ...

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