Arizona Voters to Decide on Bigger Tax Breaks for Businesses

Arizona voters will decide in November whether to allow businesses a break on property taxes for newly acquired equipment.

By |April 25th, 2012|Arizona Legislation, Tax Law|0 Comments

Arizona House Demands Return of Federally Owned Lands

The Arizona House of Representatives passed a measure seeking the return of approximately 48,000 square miles of  federally owned land.

By |April 24th, 2012|Arizona Legislation|0 Comments

Wal Mart Faces Allegations of Bribery in Mexico

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating allegations that Wal Mart has been guilty of systematic bribery in an effort to expand its business in Mexico.

By |April 24th, 2012|General|0 Comments

U.S. Home Prices Fall For 6th Straight Month But Phoenix Bucking The Trend

According to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index, U.S. home values have declined for six consecutive months, but cities like Phoenix, San Diego and Miami are seeing prices rise.

By |April 24th, 2012|Arizona Real Estate|0 Comments

Supreme Court To Hear Arizona Immigration Case

findlaw.com:  On Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court will hear from both sides of the argument as to whether states can adopt their own policies on handling illegal immigration.  Arizona’s lawmakers appear to be staunchly supportive of such sovereignty:

“If the federal government had been doing and would continue to do its job in securing the border here in southern Arizona, this would not be an issue. Unfortunately, they failed to do that so Arizona stepped up and said, ‘We want to be partners. Here’s a role we think we can play,'” said Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, which shares an 83.5-mile border with Mexico in the state’s southeastern corner.

Five states have adopted policies similar to Arizona’s.  For the entire article on this hotly debated issue, click here.

By |April 23rd, 2012|Arizona Law, Arizona Litigation, Current Events|0 Comments

Craigslist To Update Its Appearance?

time.com:  An employment opening on craigslist.com offers a position to someone who can update the user experience.  This article imagines the possibilities.

By |April 23rd, 2012|Current Events, Internet & Computer Law|0 Comments

Home Depot Greeter Lawsuit After Denied Chair

kliv.com: A home depot worker has sued against the major chain store for denying the worker a chair to use as he greeted customers.  The lawsuit is taking place in East Palo Alto, California.  California has been home to several attorneys who have filed literally hundreds of lawsuits alleging ADA discrimination, according to this article in Time magazine.

By |April 23rd, 2012|Current Events, Litigation (Non-Arizona)|0 Comments

John Edwards Trial Begins Today

cnn.com:  John Edwards’ trial began today in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The prosecution claims that Mr. Edwards broke the law to hide the fact that he was going to have a baby with his mistress.  According to cnn.com, Mr. Edwards faces prison time if convicted of the charges of filing false and misleading campaign disclosure reports.

By |April 23rd, 2012|Current Events, Litigation (Non-Arizona)|0 Comments

Federal Workers Make Nearly Double the Pay of Private Sector Workers

Breitbart:  “the average private sector worker in America earns $61,000 annually in pay, pension benefits, and health care benefits.   That compares to state and local government workers who make $80,000 and federal workers who bag $120,000 taxpayer dollars in pay, pension, and benefits.”

By |April 23rd, 2012|Government Spending|0 Comments

You Can Thank Congress for the $60 Light Bulb

Congress passed laws that ban the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs because our leaders know what is best for us.  100 watt incandescent bulbs cannot be manufactured in the U.S. now and beginning in 2014 the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs of 40 watts or greater will be banned.  The U.S. Department of Energy had a contest called “Bright Tomorrow” for manufacturers of energy efficient alternatives to the 60 watt bulb.  Guess what?  Only one company entered the contest and it was a Dutch company.  Yes, it was the winner.

BBC News:  “Made by Dutch electronics giant Philips, the bulb swaps filaments for light-emitting diodes to provide illumination.  Using LEDs endows the light with a long life and a hefty price tag. The first versions are set to cost $60.”

I just counted 25 60 watt light bulbs in my house.  At $60 a bulb I would pay $1,500 to replace those bulbs.  The simple result of this ban on incandescent bulbs will be that people will have fewer light fixtures because they cannot afford the new high tech bulbs.  Congress and other state and local governments now routinely pass laws and ordinances that take away our freedoms.

By |April 23rd, 2012|Government Helping Us - Not, Loss of Freedom|0 Comments