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    Indicator Insight Volume: 4 Issue: 2
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    The transaction privilege tax (TPT), often referred to as the sales tax, is a major source of revenue for state and local governments in Arizona. The TPT is applied to numerous categories, such as contracting and utilities. The analysis in this paper is limited to the retail category, which accounts for half of the TPT collected by state government, and the restaurant and bar category, which contributes one-tenth of the TPT revenue.

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    Indicator Insight Volume: 4 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Monday, March 4, 2013

    Arizona's diverse population is always changing. Understanding the state's shifting demographics matters for good planning and effective policy making. This issue of Indicator Insight explores some of the major categories of demographic data available from the decennial census, the American Community Survey and other key sources.

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    Special Report
    Author(s):
    Ken Western
    Published: Friday, November 30, 2012

    Arizona faces some big challenges if it is to compete regionally, nationally and globally for the cutting-edge jobs that will help determine our economic future. As hard as state and community leaders are working, the report suggests that Arizona needs even more participation in economic development leadership, more collaboration among economic development groups and a greater sense of urgency. This report identifies a number of important issues that are key to advancing economic development in Arizona.

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    Arizona Directions Volume: 1 Issue: 2
    Author(s):
    William Hart
    Andrea Whitsett
    Sapna Gupta
    Ken Western
    Published: Friday, November 30, 2012

    Arizona Directions is an annual statewide report card that is designed to make data actionable. This year's report homes in on the economy and education. It examines Arizona's economic development landscape, the competitive potential of the Sun Corridor, the economic consequences if the state fails to close the Latino achievement gap, and the role of career and technical education in adding skilled workers to Arizona's workforce pipeline.

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    Arizona Directions in Brief Volume: 1 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    The war on poverty during the 1960s succeeded, cutting the national poverty rate in half by the early 1970s. Since then, however, the poverty rate of Americans under the age of 65 has increased. The poverty rate has climbed particularly among children; compared to an average of 15.5 percent during the 1971-to-1975 economic cycle, the poverty rate in each of the three cycles since 1982 averaged between 18 percent and 21 percent. One-in-five children lives in poverty and Arizona has consistently experienced higher poverty rates than the national average for all age groups except seniors.