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Claiming consumers here were misled, Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a $3 billion lawsuit against General Motors alleging it sold vehicles to Arizonans the company knew were unsafe.
PHOENIX -- Arizona gained 24,700 private-sector jobs last month, enough to push the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate down a tenth of a point, to 6.8 percent.
The successful gubernatorial candidate who promised to balance the budget without tax hikes or borrowing won't be presenting a truly balanced spending plan to lawmakers in January.
PHOENIX -- Arizona is one of the best states in the nation for fighting lung cancer and its costs, according to a new report.
Power Ranch Elementary School’s running club recently received a $1,750 that could double in the future.
The good weather doesn't hurt, but WalletHub has found a variety of other factors that make Arizona communities good places for veterans.
TUCSON -- Gov. Jan Brewer asked the Arizona Supreme Court Thursday to quash efforts by a minority of state legislators to effectively kill the expansion of the state's Medicaid program.
With the hustle and bustle of over 80,000 students, workers, and faculty at Arizona State University — one of the nation’s largest universities — making it through one day without waste is nearly impossible.
I am Jim Archambault, and I have been a physics teacher at Highland High School in Gilbert Public Schools for eight years. Some of the recent commentary in this paper has been about people rather than issues. Here is a list of several of the issues in the school board election as I see them.
Outside groups that want Doug Ducey as Arizona's next governor have spent enough to give every man, woman and child in the state a dollar — and still have $1 million left over. That doesn't count the $2.2 million that Ducey himself has spent in the general election, on top of the $5 million he expended just getting to be the Republican nominee in the first place.
PHOENIX -- Outside groups that want Doug Ducey as Arizona's next governor have spent enough to give every man, woman and child in the state a dollar -- and still have $1 million left over.
Two new reports Tuesday show some bumps in the state's recovery from the recession.
Calling it fiscally “impossible,” an attorney for lawmakers told a judge on Monday she should reject a bid by schools to get back the money the state illegally withheld from them for years.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is warning consumers and businesses to be aware of phony bills for newspaper and magazine subscription renewals.
Consumers around the state have recently received mail claiming to be renewal notices or invoices for publications to which they regularly subscribe. The invoices claimed that the consumer’s subscriptions were about to expire and asked for a credit card account number to make the renewal payment.
The invoices were sent by companies that have no affiliation with the newspaper or magazine company listed on the invoice. This appears to be a mailer scam intended only to obtain consumers’ credit card information.
Here are some tips to avoid being scammed:
1. Be wary of any mailers or phone calls asking for a payment. Check to be sure you owe the amount demanded.
2. Research the name of the company that sent the mailer before sending them money. The Better Business Bureau’s website is a good place to start.
3. Contact the newspaper or magazine, or any company demanding payment, before providing any personal information. Never divulge any personal or financial information, including your credit card number, unless you are absolutely sure that you are sending the payment to the company you determine you owe money to.
4. Contact your bank or credit card company if you believe you have been scammed.
If you suspect a scam, report it to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office by filing a consumer complaint at www.azag.gov/complaints/consumer. You may also contact them by phone at 602-542-5763 (Phoenix), 520-628-6504 (Tucson), or toll-free outside metro Phoenix, 800-352-8431, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USAA is hiring to fill 300-plus openings from among the Phoenix area’s high concentration of experienced employees from the financial services and contact center industries.
Next weekend, the company is hosting a job fair at its north Phoenix campus, where job seekers will have an opportunity to meet with hiring managers, learn about the open positions and take a tour of the facility. Please see below for more information.
The job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the USAA Phoenix Campus, 1 Norterra Drive, Phoenix, off Interstate 17 and Happy Valley Road.
USAA was recently named a 2014 Career Builder Top Company to work for in Arizona. Its Phoenix office has long been a major force in fulfilling the company’s mission: to serve the financial needs of its members, the men and women of the U.S. military community and their families. As that membership – and the demand for USAA’s products and services – continues to increase, so does the need to access strong talent to help keep pace with that growth.
Democrat Fred DuVal used the last gubernatorial debate Tuesday to essentially accuse Doug Ducey of class warfare, robbing from schools to give tax breaks to the rich.
State lawmakers cannot ignore a court order to provide more funds for schools now while they appeal the findings, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Residents in the Tempe Union High School District earnestly await every two years to see who’ll run for the governing board. This year, we have the refreshing entry of Veekas Shrivastava, with an astonishing grasp of what a 21st-century education must be in a district that achieves and expects excellence. With fierce faith in what public education can accomplish with vision and resources, Shrivastava has magnetism, an ear to listen and a robust appreciation that his own business successes can be traced back to his education in the Kyrene schools, McClintock High School where he was active in debate, then Arizona State University.
Q: Why are you running?
A: Washington doesn’t get it. I’ve been there less than two years and I have watched both parties spend more time fighting each other than working to solve our country’s problems. The layers of bureaucracy are mind-numbing. The unwillingness of leadership to face our real problems and propose realistic solutions that can actually get done is frustrating.
I ran for Congress to change Washington, and I am not giving up. I voted for the No Budget No Pay Act because Congress should not get paid if they don’t do their work. I also voted against my own pay raise. Congress doesn’t need a pay raise, especially when Arizonans are struggling. I am also fighting to reform the VA and ensure that veterans get the health care they have earned and deserve. I voted to protect Social Security and Medicare for our seniors and future generations and I support efforts to make sure every woman has access to birth control.
Q: Have the issues at the VA been properly addressed? What else would you like to see done to help veterans in our area?
A: No, when I read the allegations about false record-keeping and fraudulent wait times at the Phoenix VA, I was furious. I demanded answers from the VA and called for Secretary Shinseki’s resignation. We created a Phoenix VA Information Center on our official website to keep constituents updated on our work to hold the VA accountable and get veterans the care they deserve. I co-sponsored the VA reform legislation recently signed into law and am working with the VA to implement these critical reforms. Our office convened a working group to bring the VA and community organizations together to better serve veterans in Arizona. We also hosted a Veterans First resource fair in Phoenix that served over 400 veterans in one day and we are planning another one in the East Valley now. We created a Veterans Resource Guide to help veterans find resources for medical and mental health care and services.
Q: What kind of effect has the Affordable Care Act had on Arizonans?
A: The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect and I am frustrated with how the administration has handled it. Rather than spending time trying to repeal it, members from both sides should come together to improve it, so it works better. The law makes important changes that will help families. Health insurance companies are no longer in charge of people’s health care decisions, and can no longer deny people with pre-existing conditions and drop people when they get sick. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to cover all Americans and hold down costs.
Q: What are your thoughts on the recent ruling and impending hearing about gay marriage in Arizona? And do you support the state’s ban on it?
A: I oppose the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Every committed family should be treated equally under the law and have the same rights and protections.
Q: What can Congress do to spur job growth in our area? What industries would you target?
A: Working with Arizona businesses is one of my top priorities. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, I pushed for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which supports hundreds of jobs across Arizona. I also supported the recent extension of the R&D tax credit to encourage innovation, job growth and research for companies in Arizona. Every month, I meet with businesses and business leaders in our community to hear their concerns and work to support the business community. I am dedicated to making sure business owners — both large and small — have what they need to succeed.
Q: Would you say your district is delivering quality services now and what, if any, changes would you make?
Q: Would you say your district is delivering quality services now and what, if any, changes would you make?
A: I attended a Tempe Union high school and have served the district as a community member. I can attest that we have an exemplary school district with fantastic educators but there is always room for improvement.
Young people are facing increased competition to succeed in the global economy. When I speak to college students and business leaders, both groups tell me that most graduates aren’t adequately prepared when they leave high school. That is why I’m particularly focused on better preparing our students to receive a relevant, 21st-century education that prepares them for college, career and life.
The skills that students will need in the 21st century include those that I have experience teaching in and out of the classroom like business skills, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. By expanding opportunities to hone these skills in core classes, electives and extracurricular activities, we will better prepare our graduates to succeed.
Q: What is a school board’s role in terms of a district’s operation?
A: Much like a corporate board of directors, a school board should allow the superintendent and staff to oversee the day-to-day operations of the district. As a board member, my responsibility will be to establish a vision for 21st-century schools and broad policy framework that supports this objective.
My background managing financial databases will allow me to approve budgets that maximize student achievement while maintaining accountability with taxpayer dollars. I will focus on making strategic, long-term investments in technology, staff and infrastructure, and will pursue closer financial partnerships with the cities and other districts to save the taxpayers money.
I am also focused on creating compensation structures that attract and retain the highest-quality teachers, promoting a safe, healthy and inclusive academic community, and reducing ballooning class sizes throughout the district.
Q: With the decision to back away from the PARCC exam, what direction should the state take to monitor student achievement, and what can districts do to prepare for whatever comes from the state level?
A: To be clear, Arizona still may end up choosing the PARCC exam to replace AIMS testing. We withdrew from the consortium developing the test because state law requires that those determining which exam should be used are unbiased. I still believe that PARCC is the best available test because it was designed using evidence-based procedures to focus more on testing 21st-century skills like critical thinking rather than rote memorization. The associated costs are covered by the state Legislature and grants so they will not be passed down to the school districts.
Significant changes in schools require that the administration communicate with staff, students and parents in an open and clear manner. We also must provide adequate training and support during the transition process. Regardless of which test Arizona chooses, the Tempe Union will have to address these changes effectively.
Q: Given the recent funding cuts for school districts, what can districts do to save money and maintain academic standards?
A: We must make data-driven decisions that prioritize positive student outcomes when making budgetary decisions. We should not cut programs and classes that develop 21st-century skills that our graduates will need in college, career and life.
We are in a financial position to make strategic, long-term investments in technology and infrastructure. Tempe Union’s partnership with Chevron Energy Solutions, for example, gives us greater energy efficiency while providing 21st-century learning opportunities for our students.
We should also pursue partnerships with Kyrene and Tempe Elementary school districts to coordinate with transportation, warehousing and waste management instead of duplicating efforts. This will require the deep commitment to collaboration that I have practiced throughout my life.
Q: As state cuts become more steep, one area that can be affected is extracurricular activities, in particular athletics. Do you foresee cuts to athletics if these budget cuts continue?
A: World-class schools provide opportunities for students with diverse interests and talents to develop relevant, 21st-century skills.
For that reason, I do not foresee cuts to athletics. As a former high school swimmer and volleyball player, I know that participation in sports develops skills like teamwork, leadership and resilience, all of which serve our graduates well in college, career and life.
With that, the district must also ensure that we protect and promote other high-quality academic programs and extracurricular activities that develop students’ 21st-century skills. When I was a student at McClintock High School, the arts program and debate team made education relevant to my life and interests. I have also worked with young people and I have seen firsthand how their participation in robotics clubs and business clubs help them grow in their desired interest areas. This strengthens my belief that the extracurricular activities offered by our schools are integral in preparing students for their futures and must be responsibly protected in our budget.