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View the latest Arizona Chamber policy commentary from President & CEO Glenn Hamer. Click on the links below to view our collection of Bottom Line columns.

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Why manufacturers are optimistic
June 23, 2017
 
 

Energy and confidence defined the latest National Association of Manufacturers annual summit held earlier this week in Washington, D.C.

The right mix of policy reforms and executive and legislative branch leadership has put optimism among manufacturers at a 20-year high.

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How we can make air travel more efficient
June 15, 2017
 
 
As I return home from a business trip to Washington, D.C., I’m able to send out this dispatch thanks to a modern Boeing aircraft’s onboard wi-fi. The airplane is also outfitted with the most up-to-date fuel-saving design and safety technology.
 
And yet as we make our way to Sky Harbor, our route is guided via decades-old systems. My Uber drivers shuttling me around D.C. were using more modern navigational software.
 
Air travel has changed dramatically, but some segments of the industry are hopelessly stuck in the past.
NAFTA renegotiation is an opportunity for Arizona to lead
May 22, 2017
 
 
Word last week that USTR Robert Lighthizer informed Capitol Hill of the Trump administration’s opening of a 90-day consultation period with Congress that will set the stage for a formal renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement should be viewed as an opportunity, especially for Arizona.
 
We’ve known since the president was sworn in that NAFTA was going under the microscope. Administration rhetoric has ranged from a desire to completely dismantle the agreement, to preserve it and update it.
2017 Arizona Chamber legislative victories: Volumes 1 and 2
May 16, 2017
 
 
The first regular session of the 53rd Legislature is in the books. It was a good one. Gov. Doug Ducey and the Legislature, led by Senate President Steve Yarbrough and Speaker of the House JD Mesnard, worked together to advance a number of legislative victories for K-12 and higher education, civil justice reform, initiative reform, and water, as well as a state budget that is pro-education and pro-business.
 
As is always the case, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry was a leader at the Capitol, ensuring that job creators’ voices were heard on the biggest issues of the day.
 
Here’s just a snapshot of all that was accomplished.