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Arizona poverty rate continued fall in 2019, still topped national rate

The poverty rate in Arizona fell for the eighth straight year in 2019, to 13.5%, but while advocates welcomed that as “great news” they also cautioned that the state’s economic gains were not shared equally by all Arizonans. Despite the improvements, the Census Bureau numbers show Arizona’s poverty rate remained higher than the nation, where

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Chambers of Commerce across Arizona oppose Proposition 208

Chambers of commerce across Arizona are opposing Proposition 208, the initiative to raise Arizona’s top individual income tax rate by 77.7%. Nearly 20 chambers and chamber coalitions from rural and metro areas representing Arizona businesses large and small have joined the opposition, citing the damage the initiative would inflict on Arizona’s business environment and its

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Census: Number of Arizonans without health insurance rose again in 2019

The number of Arizonans without health insurance jumped to more than 800,000 last year, the third consecutive year of increases for the state, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau. The number of uninsured also rose nationwide, but not as sharply as in Arizona. Nationally, the share of people without insurance rose from

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With clock ticking – and state lagging – Census court fight continues

A see-saw legal battle over the 2020 Census continued Friday, with the government pushing to end the count in just five days while local governments, including two Arizona tribes, hoped to extend it to Oct. 31. It comes as state officials are scrambling to improve Arizona’s census response rate, which was ninth-lowest in the country

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