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Arizona House Advances Bill Regarding Citizen Initiatives

A GOP-led Arizona House committee yesterday voted to approve HB 2404. The bill effectively would eliminate the ability of groups to use paid circulators by prohibiting payment by the number of signatures gathered. Paid circulators still would be allowed, but only if compensated on an hourly or other basis. That removes the incentive for circulators to gather as many signatures as possible.

Closure of Navajo Generating Station Could Slow Water Rate Hikes

Tucson Water rates could rise more slowly in the future if the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page shuts down as planned at the end of 2019. The Central Arizona Project, which sells drinking water to Tucson and other Arizona cities, would see a big savings in its energy costs to pump water if the plant closes on schedule.

Save Money by Using SunGo

The SunGO card is the best way to pay fares when riding public transit in Tucson. The card works on both the Sun Tran bus system and the Sun Link streetcar.

Load value onto a SunGO card to pay your fare, and it will cost $1.50 per trip for most riders and 60 cents for those with a SunGO ID & card. When you use either card, you'll receive free transfers for unlimited rides for two hours in any direction with one fare.

Trash and Recycling Collections Delayed Next Week

Presidents Day will be observed as a government holiday on Monday, meaning residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on that day. All City of Tucson customers will have their collections delayed by one day, but the Los Reales Landfill will be open on Presidents Day.

Except for emergency services, all City offices will be closed on Monday.

Monsanto Drops Property Tax Proposal With County

Monsanto Co. yesterday sent a letter to Pima County stating that it has decided to withdraw its Foreign Trade Zone Payment in Lieu of Taxes Agreement proposal. The company still intends to build and operate a greenhouse near Marana on a 155-acre property it purchased last October. The foreign trade zone designation would have dropped the property's assessment ratio from 15 percent to 5 percent, saving Monsanto approximately $370,000 in county property taxes after investing $96 million in development.

University of Arizona Baseball Returns to Hi Corbett Field

The University of Arizona baseball team makes its debut this Friday at 6 p.m. against Eastern Kentucky at Hi Corbett Field. The start time for Saturday's second game against Eastern Kentucky will be at 1 p.m.

The Wildcats are coming off a 49-24 season in 2016 and an appearance at the College World Series Finals.

This year, Hi Corbett field will feature a new backstop, new seats behind home plate, and several field improvements.

Ina Road to Close at I-10 for Two Years Beginning Tomorrow

For the next 25 months or so, motorists will not be able to pass under Interstate 10 on Ina Road or exit from the interstate in either direction. Ina Road at I-10, including the east and westbound on- and off-ramps at Ina, will close at 1 a.m. Wednesday. The westbound I-10 frontage road from the Orange Grove on-ramp to Cortaro Road is scheduled to close at the same time, according to an Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) news release.

More than 200 Jobs Coming to Tucson's South Side

Dave & Buster’s now is accepting applications to fill 230 jobs at its new Tucson location near South Park Avenue and Interstate 10. The company says the restaurant/video arcade is expected to open April 3. The company is hiring all positions, which include managers, game techs, servers, hosts, bartenders, cooks, front desk, and back of house jobs.

If you're interested in applying, please follow the company link above.

Read more from KVOA.

New Jobs Report Shows Positive Signs of Growth

The Tucson area is expected to add 7,100 jobs this year, according to a report from Picor Commercial Real Estate. The report says the projected job growth could mean a steady rise in home prices and commercial properties in the area.

New or expanding retail absorbed more than 386,000 square feet of space in 2016, the Picor report shows. Industrial activity also showed growth last year, as did the number of building permits.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

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