economy

Economic Innovation Group

Much of the U.S. has experienced a steady economic recovery following the Great Recession. A new report, however, shows many of the country’s poorest areas are still struggling, and that includes two counties in Northeastern Arizona. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


Navajo Nation

State tribal officials met with Governor Doug Ducey this week for the first Tribal Leaders Summit. It was designed to establish a stronger dialogue between the Arizona officials and Native Nations. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Dean Anderson/Arizona Highways

A new study shows the land proposed for a national monument outside Grand Canyon National Park currently brings more than $50 million in revenue to northern Arizona. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Earlier this week, Navajo farmers in New Mexico voted to keep irrigation canals along the San Juan River closed for at least a year. They have concerns about soil contamination following the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado. Meanwhile, officials in Page are worried about the incident causing a drain on the local economy, even though scientists say Lake Powell remains mostly unaffected.  Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Arizona Department of Transportation

State highway officials say key commerce routes in Arizona will require $20 billion in improvements over the next two decades, but revenue from the current gasoline tax won't meet that need.

Arizona State Engineer Dallas Hammit says the current gas tax generates only about one-half of the revenue needed to deal with the state's burgeoning highway and interstate needs.

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