economic development · federal spending · health care · Uncategorized

Proposed NIH Budget Cuts Would Hurt Arizona’s Bioscience Industry

The grand debate over future federal spending began in earnest earlier this month when President Trump released his proposed budget. Scientific and medical research take an especially harsh blow, with the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) being reduced by $5.8 billion, about 19% of the agency’s entire budget. What would the proposed… Continue reading Proposed NIH Budget Cuts Would Hurt Arizona’s Bioscience Industry

Arizona · economic development · federal spending · infrastructure · transportation · Tucson · Uncategorized

The Future of Transportation: Can the Federal Infrastructure Bill Advance Technological Innovation?

Federal infrastructure funding may be the next big issue that Congress and the Trump Administration tackle. Trump has proposed $1 trillion to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, but has not yet provided specifics. Meanwhile, leaders in the Senate have started discussing their own ideas for an infrastructure package. Back home, Governor Ducey has sent a $500… Continue reading The Future of Transportation: Can the Federal Infrastructure Bill Advance Technological Innovation?

BAT · border adjustment tax · international trade · manufacturing · Mexico · trade · Uncategorized

How Arizona Manufacturers Are Benefitting from Trade with Mexico, Big-Time

While it’s no secret that Mexico is Arizona’s largest foreign trade partner, current political rhetoric at the national level sends the message that trade with Mexico is disadvantageous and results in a loss of American jobs. Just yesterday in a meeting with CEOs of major American manufacturers, Trump referred to our trade relationship with Mexico… Continue reading How Arizona Manufacturers Are Benefitting from Trade with Mexico, Big-Time

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Rewriting Obamacare: A Better Prescription for the West

The reality of just how hard it will be to repeal and replace Obamacare is beginning to sink in, even among the law’s fiercest critics. At $3.2 trillion, the U.S. health care system is equivalent in size to the world’s fifth largest economy, according to World Bank data. Obamacare impacts almost every part of this… Continue reading Rewriting Obamacare: A Better Prescription for the West

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Four Positive Developments in Western Water Policy (Besides More Rain)

No single issue affects the ability of West to continue to grow and prosper as much as the availability of an affordable and secure water supply. Since territorial days, Western communities have struggled over water rights. Fortunately, recent developments provide renewed hope that cooperative efforts may provide solutions that benefit the entire region: Westerners in… Continue reading Four Positive Developments in Western Water Policy (Besides More Rain)