Immigration

Arizona Boycott Cost State $140M

Arizona real-estate developments aren’t the only places in the state with a huge number of vacancies: A new study finds that the boycott of Arizona because of its harsh immigration policies has cost the state $140 million. In the first four months after the bill was signed in April, the state’s hotel industry lost $45 million, and those vanished visitors would have spent an additional $96 million in the state. State tourism brought in $16.6 billion in 2009. The Center for American Progress paid for the study and it was conducted by Scottsdale-based Elliott D. Pollack & Co.