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    Indicator Insight Volume: 4 Issue: 2
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    The transaction privilege tax (TPT), often referred to as the sales tax, is a major source of revenue for state and local governments in Arizona. The TPT is applied to numerous categories, such as contracting and utilities. The analysis in this paper is limited to the retail category, which accounts for half of the TPT collected by state government, and the restaurant and bar category, which contributes one-tenth of the TPT revenue.

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    Indicator Insight Volume: 4 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Monday, March 4, 2013

    Arizona's diverse population is always changing. Understanding the state's shifting demographics matters for good planning and effective policy making. This issue of Indicator Insight explores some of the major categories of demographic data available from the decennial census, the American Community Survey and other key sources.

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    Indicator Insight Volume: 3 Issue: 3
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Monday, February 7, 2011

    Innovation—introducing something new—in the 21st century mostly derives from technological advances. Innovation drives the modern economy, leading to gains in productivity and prosperity. In this edition of Indicator Insight, author Tom Rex discusses innovation in Arizona in terms of human capital, financial capital, and high-technology employment.

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    Indicator Insight Volume: 3 Issue: 2
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    The decennial census count for Arizona of 6,392,017 on April 1, 2010 is considerably less than the latest population estimates, which are for July 1, 2009. In this edition of Indicator Insight, author Tom Rex examines the possible reasons for the large census count discrepancy and its implications for Arizona.

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    Indicator Insight Volume: 3 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Public finance—taxes and other revenues collected by government and the expenditure of those revenues—always has been somewhat controversial because of wide philosophical differences among residents regarding the role that government should play in providing public services and in collecting taxes and fees from its residents. Recently, public finance in Arizona has become a prominent public issue due to the need to resolve the deficits that afflict state government and most county and municipal governments in Arizona.