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Economic Development and Maximizing Profit

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One of the better economic development professionals in the Greater Phoenix area made a good point a couple of weeks back. After I was complaining about Amazon’s tactics of aggressively soliciting incentives, he noted it was their job to look out for investors and maximize profit. This was a very good point.

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A Personal View of DACA:

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Despite my tight connections with our neighbors to the south, I am conflicted on certain points of the immigration issue because it’s not a simple topic.  The DACA debate and the impact on Dreamers is where I have no such conflict.

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How to Identify the First Signs of Economic Trouble

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Analyzing the U.S. economy gets messy. But, I find it helpful to focus on some very basic things. Catching the turning points can make or break a business or government budget. While I indeed look at scores of tables and charts, the following handful of items are what I am paying attention to now and so sho

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Properly Analyzing Tax Policy – Where to Start the Debate

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The following is an opinion piece that appeared in the Arizona Capitol Times. The next few weeks will include much debate about President Trump’s economic plans with a primary focus on tax cuts. The typical question will be: “So, is this good?” The typical answer by policymakers and economists will be either “yes” or “no.” That’s it. Interview over. This doesn’t come close to the bare minimum discussion that is required. Here is my offering of where to start the debate.

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