Category Archives: economy

Intel to build $5 billion plant….but not in Tucson

You will never see this headline “Intel to build $5 billion plant in Tucson“. Ask yourself why? Any suggestions what Tucson could do to land some high paying jobs? Comments about why Tucson fails so miserably to land good paying … Continue reading

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The state is going broke so what do you do? Cut taxes

The state of Arizona is in a hole. The deficit for this year is around $800 million and next year estimated to be double that. So what does the state legislature want to do? Cut business taxes by $400 million … Continue reading

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Why is Tucson’s economy second rate compared to Phoenix?

There are many theories as to why Tucson’s economy is second rate compared to Phoenix. How do you make $8,500 more a year? Move to Phoenix One popular explanation is that Tucson and Pima County’s government have been run by … Continue reading

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100 years of copper mining industry abuse alienates public

Copper mining was one of the famous “:5 c’s” of Arizona’s economy, along with cotton, cattle, climate and citrus. Depending on how you look at things, Arizona was blessed or cursed with a lot of copper deposits. Copper has grown … Continue reading

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The Dairy Queen Index of economic development

Tyler Woods commentary about Dairy Queen brought back a lot of memories for many of us. In the old days in small towns, the first national chain outfits that showed up were the Dairy Queen and the A&W root beer … Continue reading

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The oil spill, global warming and negative externalities

Economists have a dry way of describing things. One economic term is very relevant right now. The term is “negative externalities”. What is a “negative externality”? In economics, an externality (or transaction spillover) is a cost or benefit, not transmitted … Continue reading

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