Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity

An economy that works for all Arizonans means work that pays a living wage with fewer barriers.

Caring for loved ones, personal sickness, or prior involvement with the criminal justice system should not disqualify or burden those that are ready and qualified to work or learn. The Arizona Center for Economic Progress advances policy change to include all Arizonans in the State’s economy regardless of their barriers and toward opportunities that allow them to earn and save.

Resources

What did the Arizona legislature miss this year?

This year, state lawmakers in Arizona introduced more than 1,800 pieces of legislation.  Committee chairs, using their power through rules and deadlines, select which bills receive a hearing for consideration. Every year…

Arizona State Senate Chambers

HB2494/SB1301: Investing in a Healthy Workforce and Healthcare System for American Indians in Arizona

Ensuring that Arizonans have affordable, accessible health care is critical to recovering from the pandemic and the long-term success of our state’s economy. The COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate and devastating harm…

Bridging the gaps to the COVID-19 response

Arizona should have people-driven policies and public investments to stabilize incomes, prevent job loss, provide for basic needs, and preserve state resources. While Congress and the state legislature have taken important…

A People-Driven Economic Agenda During COVID-19

COVID-19’s rapid spread, the measures taken to contain it, and the uncertain duration of the crisis have sent shockwaves through the economy. As many businesses grind to a halt and workers are laid off, many economists…

Empty grocery store shelves in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

Paid Family Leave in Arizona Would be Good for Working Families and the Economy

Nearly everyone needs to take time off from work at some point to care for a sick family member, a new child, or to deal with a serious personal illness. That leave can come at a significant price if it means lost wages or…

Criminal Justice Reform Is Good for the Economy and Advancing Equity

Taxation through court fines and fees is problematic The most visible reforms targeted at the criminal justice system today center around policing, sentencing, and mass incarceration. While some parts of the Arizona criminal…

Arizonans’ incomes remain far below the national average

Arizonans’ incomes remain far below the national average and those of most neighboring states. While Arizona has seen some improvement in the past year—likely attributable to the minimum wage passage 15 2016—deep disparitiesf…

What are the Neighbors Doing?

For several years, tax cuts have been the tool of choice that many states have used to try to make themselves more competitive and to attract new businesses and jobs to their state. However, many of those same states are…

Kansas Tax Cuts Failed to Spur Jobs and Economic Growth

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was elected in 2010. Soon thereafter he launched a “pro-growth tax policy” of dramatic cuts for business and high-earning individuals in 2012 that he promised would be a “shot of adrenaline…