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About this time of year, Lee Neiman walks outside to his backyard every morning and impatiently counts the days.
Washington • When the weather warms up, so, too, will the U.S. economy.
Few shifts in American customs and politics will ever equal the one launched a brief eight years ago by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community. Considering the alternative lifestyle population makes up less than 4 percent of our nation according to the Williams Institute, their success is even more remarkable.
More than 78 million strong, baby boomers are reaching retirement age (65) at a record pace — 10,000 per day, to be exact, according to the Pew Research Center — and living years longer than previous generations. By the time all the boomers will have turned 65 in 2030, 18 percent of the nation’s population will be at least that age, according to the research center’s projections. Compare that to the population makeup just four years ago, when a little more than 10 percent of Americans were ages 65 and older.
Saying the legislation would be “unbelievably damaging” to the state, the head of a major economic development group is urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation expanding the ability of businesses to use their religion to deny services.
WASHINGTON — Using videos that claim to teach toddlers, or flash cards for tots, may not be the best idea. Simply talking to babies is key to building crucial language and vocabulary skills — but sooner is better, and long sentences are good.
The holidays are over, the calendar has turned a new page and, like many people, you find yourself with a renewed enthusiasm for self-improvement. According to statistics from the University of Scranton, nearly half of Americans regularly make New Year’s resolutions, with weight loss, organization and improved finances ranking among their top three goals.
A special team named to find out what led to 6,554 cases of child abuse going uninvestigated concluded Friday there was a “systemic failure, a lack of accountability and transparency and bad decision making,” requiring a total revamp of how Arizona handles child welfare.
As the news broke that the budget for the city of Phoenix would not be as large as officials had hoped, citizens gathered Tuesday morning at a “Coffee with the Mayor” event at The Farm at South Mountain near 32nd Street and Southern Avenue to express their concerns and ask questions of Mayor Greg Stanton and District 8 Councilwoman Kate Gallego.
A Southern Arizona lawmaker wants taxpayers from his area — and around the entire state — to help Glendale pay its costs of hosting next year's Super Bowl. And Gov. Jan Brewer, a Glendale resident, said she's willing to consider it, though she's not yet sold on the idea.
People buy and sell homes for a variety of reasons. Understanding their motivation and their experiences is the goal of the annual Profile of Buyers and Sellers survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
Your 401(k) offers tax-deductible contributions, tax-deferred growth of earnings potential and a variety of investment options — so it’s a great tool for building retirement savings. Yet, like all tools, your 401(k) must be used properly to get the best results. That’s why you should review your 401(k) at least annually and make whatever adjustments are needed.
The Ahwatukee housing market made great strides in 2013 and we expect this trend to continue heading into next year. However, the pace of growth and appreciation may be at a slower rate in 2014 compared to the two previous years. The housing market has been through turbulent conditions since 2002. A market that is slower paced, non-distressed and balanced with normal conditions may be a relief for those operating in it and preventing dangerous and fragile conditions.
To build a healthy, home-grown economy for the long-term, we have to make sure our small, local businesses have every opportunity to succeed. Not only do small businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs, but today’s startups could be tomorrow’s industry leaders.
Saying it's the best that can be done, Gov. Jan Brewer proposed a nearly $9.4 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year.
Arizonans are still trying to recover from being hit hard during the recession. Our unemployment rate is still too high at nearly 8 percent, and when funding for unemployment insurance expired on Dec. 28, the benefits that kept millions out of poverty vanished as we entered the New Year.
After 10 years in business as a staple in the Desert Foothills Plaza shopping center, Foothills Ace Hardware has announced it is closing its doors.
Phoenix has big plans when it comes to sustainability.
With baby boomers approaching retirement age in record numbers, and home values returning to a point where their owners are finally comfortable enough to sell, it’s easy to understand why builders are optimistic about the 55-plus housing market these days.
Arizona taxpayers can hit the Legislature in their own pocket book. Individually, Arizona taxpayers can reallocate money from the state’s general fund and give it to children in foster care through the Foster Care Charitable Organization Tax Credit. This tax credit costs individual tax payers zero, and funnels money to our state’s most vulnerable children. A donation to a qualified foster care charity and the donor receives a dollar-for-dollar credit on their Arizona income tax — up to $400 for individuals and $800 for couples, with a net cost of zero.
If you’ve just had a baby, your life is filled with more joy (but less sleep). You’re probably already aware of the time and effort you must invest in raising your child, but you may not have thought as much about another aspect — the financial one.
When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other challenges can’t be easily anticipated, but you can still plan for them — and you should.
As Santa stuffs his sleigh with popular or big ticket items this year, he may be in for a “Bah, humbug” unless he takes certain insurance precautions. Gift-givers may be “Scrooged” when they realize that some gifts may cost homeowners extra on their insurance premiums, or may not be covered at all.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, to deck the halls and to buy presents for family and friends. But, did you know the holidays are also considered by some experts to be a good time to buy or sell a home?
So you’re going for it — a new home! But when it comes to applying for your new loan, there are eight new requirements that go into effect starting in January you’ll want to become familiar with.