Phoenix, AZ – The quarterly survey done by the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation shows the cost of 16 basic items in the last quarter was $48.84. That is a 6 percent hike from the first quarter of the year. The organization's Peggy Jo Goodfellow said a big component of that is energy costs -- specifically gasoline.
(Fuel is a production cost, especially on a farm or an ranch. They have to factor that in when they figure prices, too. And, I'm sure, the retailers also are figuring energy costs in.)
Phoenix, AZ – Half of the study is no surprise. The number of Arizonans working at the end of 2009 was 6 percent less than a year earlier. At the same time, though, the BLS also reports that the average wage of Arizonans who do have jobs was up 3.3 percent, higher than the national average. But economist Dan Anderson said it would be wrong to presume that people who are employed are in fact bringing home more money. He said it's just one of those things that happens when companies are forced to lay off workers.
Phoenix, AZ – The governor set up the fund last month to solicit contributions to help her defend SB 1070 from the lawsuits already filed. There was an initial spurt and then donations leveled off. That was, however, until the Department of Justice filed its own challenge Tuesday. That brought in $150,000 that day alone with a nearly identical amount Wednesday. And only about one dollar out of every five is from Arizonans. Thomas Chaput of Georgia said he had a good reason for sending his $20.
Phoenix, AZ – The annual conference rotates among the six Mexican and four U.S. border states. This year was Arizona's turn, with Brewer to host. But the Mexican governors wrote to Brewer saying they won't come to Arizona in the wake of her decision to sign a tough new immigration law. Now, some of her domestic counterparts are planning to move it. That includes fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. Francisco Castillo, his press aide, explains.