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Small and Family-Owned Businesses Seek Economic Relief

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Mohave County, Arizona may be finding itself on the positive end of some recent political turmoil. As one of the most Republican counties of the United States, many citizens are calling for tax breaks for the rich. One particular family has voiced its concerns. The Jandrews, avid Trump supporters, run a family-owned printing business in Lake Havasu City called Jet Printing. As a small business with only nine employees, they’re hoping President Trump will come through and provide much-needed tax breaks. “You can’t keep taxing the rich because eventually, they ain’t going to want to pay,” says Richard Jandrews, head employee at Jet Printing. “What are they doing again? Oh yeah, moving away.” Richard’s wife, Patricia, claims that she wants to be able to offer benefits to her employees, but can’t afford it due to high insurance premiums. According...

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Arizona Free Dental Care Programs Helping the Less Fortunate

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Many Arizona residents have been vocal about their concerns regarding dental care. No matter how much money a person makes in their field, major dental issues can still put a significant dent in their finances, and those who aren’t fortunate enough to have high paying jobs are struggling more than ever when it comes to affording proper dental care. Recently in Phoenix, 300 dentists and 1,500 volunteers helped hundreds of patients take advantage of a free dental care program. The program, hosted by the Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation, has gone on for five years in a row and is a great (temporary) fix for patients who can’t afford professional dental assistance. According to ABC Arizona, the program has provided nearly $8 million in dental assistance to 8,000 patients who were otherwise unable to afford it. Although 99.7% of...

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Arizona Tourism Officials Encouraging Workers to Make Good Use of Vacation Time

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

A recent survey revealed that approximately 52% of respondents planned to vacation at a beach in the next 12 months, but vacation time in the U.S. is valued quite differently than in other parts of the world. Last year, 55% of American workers only used a fraction of their vacation time. In total, 658 million vacation days were left unused. That comes to a total of $61.4 billion in forfeited benefits. The massive loss in benefits prompted a national effort in order to encourage Americans to plan their vacations early in the year. The initiative was called National Plan for a Vacation Day, and it took place on January 21, 2017. Organizers of this event are aiming to help Americans declare all of their vacations for the remainder of the year. Research by Project Time Off, a U.S. Travel...

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Tax on Mexican Import Could Severely Impact Arizona Economy

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Nearly 90% of all imports to the U.S. arrive via ship; however, many also arrive directly from our neighbor to the south. Mexico is one of the United States’ largest trading partners, and Arizona’s largest, but that could all change soon. Since President Trump has been elected, there have been a number of questions regarding how the infamous wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will be paid for. While Trump insists that Mexico will pay for the wall, Mexican officials have been pushing back. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Trump signed an executive order to commission the building of the wall. The very next day, serious developments were made when Mexican President Pena Nieto canceled his visit to Washington, and a White House spokesperson proposed that a 20% tax on Mexican imports would pay for the wall. House Representative Martha McSally,...

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Brutal Winter Has Fatal Consequences for Animals, Increases Dangerous Wildlife Encounters

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Approximately 46,300,000 U.S. households own dogs, but the vast majority of those dog owners keep their pooches inside during the frigid winter months. Wildlife in the American West hasn’t been so lucky this season. Wildlife accidents have been increasing in frequency across multiple western states. Idaho, in particular, has seen some serious loss of life. Approximately 500 pronghorn antelope attempted to cross the frozen Snake River earlier this month but crossed a slick spot where many members of the herd slipped and fell behind. Idaho Fish and Game staff managed to rescue six of the antelope, but 10 had already been killed by coyotes, and another 20 had to be euthanized due to the severity of their injuries. Another instance of antelope death occurred in a small Idaho city where the animals were forced into more urban areas as...

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Cargo Thefts Cost Businesses Approximately $114 Million in 2016

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Reported incidents of cargo theft decreased for the third consecutive year in 2016, but according to CargoNet data, the overall value of goods stolen increased 13.3% to $114 million. The United States saw approximately 1,614 incidents of shipping theft in 2016. These include instances of cargo theft, commercial vehicle theft, and supply chain fraud. There are an estimated 17 million shipping containers around the world, but only 6 million of them are in use. Each and every one of those 6 million containers is susceptible to theft while in transit. Many are concerned about the rising value of stolen goods. The total value of stolen cargo in 2016 is $114 million, which is much higher than the 2015 total of $100.5 million. Despite the negative outlook for businesses, Anthony Canale of CargoNet has a positive view of the future....

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