Features by Peter O'Dowd

Rebuilding after Sandy in an age of austerity

All the state governments in the path of Sandy say they’re going to rebuild infrastructure. In this age of budget austerity, where will the money come from?
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, new jersey, austerity

States like Arizona hope to cash in on NAFTA supply chain

Exports from big states like Texas, California and Michigan have soared since the 1990s when the North American Free Trade Agreement opened U.S. markets to Mexico. But not every state has been as savvy promoting cross-border trade.
Posted In: NAFTA, trade, supply chain, arizona, Mexico, copper

How immigration ruling affects Arizona's economy

The Supreme Court struck down many provisions of Arizona's SB1070. Workers, employers and police try to determine what comes next.
Posted In: illegal immigration, Immigration law, Immigration, arizona

New homes springing up in Phoenix

Like a lot of Western cities, Phoenix's housing market crumbled during the recession. But new home sales are up 35 percent from a year ago.
Posted In: Phoenix, arizona, Housing

On tax forms, Arizonans must report out-of-state purchases

A new line on Arizona's tax return is asking people how much shopping they've done out of state. The idea was to recoup millions in lost revenue from online retailers.
Posted In: tax, arizona, Taxes

Filling warehouse space in a down economy

Warehouses built in some parts of Arizona are unable to find the proper tenants, and are instead looking to alternative businesses to help fill their spaces.
Posted In: warehouse, Small Business, arizona, commercial real estate

Risky business: Leaving Guatemala

Guatemalan workers deported three years ago debate whether to return to the United States.
Posted In: Immigration, guatemala

Arizona State janitors swept up by recession

A look at the ASU community after budget cuts forced out most of the university's janitorial staff.
Posted In: Education

The post-divorce mortgage limbo

Signing divorce papers may mean your marriage is over, but not your mortgage. Many divorcees end up in financial limbo over the homes they shared with their spouses.
Posted In: Housing

Mesa, Ariz., says some stores are too convenient for criminals

The Arizona city wants to cut crime at convenience stores by cutting hedges and clearing window obstructions. The new law would also require high-crime stores to install more cameras, lighting.
Posted In: Crime


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