Brewer in Taiwan on trade mission

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is on a weeklong trade mission to Taiwan as leader of a delegation that hopes to identify new trade and tourism opportunities.

Brewer’s office said the governor is joined by representatives from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Office of Tourism.

Brewer and the group hope to identify import and export opportunities with Taiwan while improving existing trade and government contacts. She will tout Arizona’s business friendly environment.

Taiwan is a major importer of Arizona products, buying more than $320 million in goods in 2012. Taiwan sent more than $530 million in products to Arizona that year.

The governor also wants to tout the state as a destination for Taiwanese tourists.

APS decides to rejoin conservative group

PHOENIX — Arizona’s largest utility has renewed its previously expired membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative public-policy group that produces draft legislation.

The Arizona Capitol Times reported that APS announced in April 2012 that it would allow its ALEC membership to expire that summer.

ALEC had been criticized by liberal groups, but APS said at the time that its action was motivated by a desire to cut costs.

APS then renewed its membership last November.

Company spokesman Jim McDonald said APS is a politically active company that supports pro-business causes.

Staff and wire reports