Jonathan Hoffman

Hoffman: CFAIRR attacks on PCC politically motivated

mes it is hard to take people seriously, particularly when they are not forthright about their intentions. At the June 20 Pima Community College Governing Board meeting, a representative from C-FAIRR made two complaints during the public comments. First, the representative…

Hoffman: Saved by the State of Arizona

important to remember that the Rio Nuevo legislation is a partnership between the state of Arizona and the city of Tucson. Both entities have a vested interest in its success. Tax-increment financing (TIF) legislation is a legal template…

Hoffman: Rio Nuevo – Why it Failed

beginning, there was the word, and the word was “stadium.” Many moons ago, in the municipal-government firmament, someone figured out a way to build a stadium at no cost to the municipality. It was called “TIF,” and they…

Hoffman: Minimum Wage, Unions, and the Poor

m-wage workers make up only 3 percent of the workforce, and only half of those workers are full-time. Most of these workers are not making the minimum for long. Socioeconomic levels are not fixed; people are not stuck in the economic class into which they were born—not in this country. As workers acquire knowledge and skills, their productivity increases, which is followed by wage increases. In fact, the pay of a minimum-wage employee increases an average of 30 percent within the first year of employment. “Entry-level” jobs are just that—a place where a worker can enter the workforce.

Hoffman: Republicans Bring Hope to Arizona

no consolation that virtually every other state in the nation is also facing huge budget deficits, nor is it consolation that California is in worse shape than we are. There is consolation in the fact that, unlike California,…