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Updated Feb 25, 2014 - 11:58 am

Expert: SB 1062 won't derail Arizona's economic recovery

PHOENIX -- Valley economist Jim Rounds with Elliott D. Pollack and Company said if Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1062 into law it will not bring major long-term damage to Arizona's economy.

But that's not to say Arizona won't take a financial hit in lost tourism dollars.

"Arizona has a long history of weathering these political controversies. My concern is the short term. There will be protests," Rounds said.

Rounds opposes SB 1062 and is calling on Brewer to veto it.

"We had to go through some of this with Senate Bill 1070 (illegal immigration law) and we weathered that fine, although some industries were impacted. But state lawmakers supporting SB 1062 should have known better than to make political statements with this bill."

In the long run, Rounds said he's not concerned about the impact to the state's economy.

"We are at the cusp of accelerating our economic growth because of our tax policy and economic growth policy. But if 1062 is signed into law, we will be dealing with it for two to three years.

"This bill is not about economic growth as a handful of its supporters have implied. Many of them don't understand how economics work," Rounds said.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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