Bottom Line

2015


The 2015 Hammer Awards
Dec 31, 2015

It’s the time of year we’ve all been waiting for. Before we turn the calendar over to 2016, it’s time for Glenn Hamer’s annual super-sized Hammer Awards, where the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry president and CEO recognizes those whose accomplishments deserve a final shout-out, as well as a few dubious distinctions we’d rather forget.

One of the most beneficial partnerships between the United States and Israel is in the area of missile defense. Aerospace and defense companies, which make up one of the most important segments of Arizona’s manufacturing economy, are making the world a safer place as a result of their work in Israel. - See more at: http://www.azchamber.com/news-and-resources/bottom-line/2015/saving-civilization.html#sthash.F00REhA7.dpu
Movin' on up
Dec 24, 2015

Arizona unwrapped an early present this week with news that our state's population count has eclipsed Massachusetts and has moved into the number 14 slot nationally.

One of the most beneficial partnerships between the United States and Israel is in the area of missile defense. Aerospace and defense companies, which make up one of the most important segments of Arizona’s manufacturing economy, are making the world a safer place as a result of their work in Israel. - See more at: http://www.azchamber.com/news-and-resources/bottom-line/2015/saving-civilization.html#sthash.F00REhA7.dpu
A tale of two propositions
Dec 17, 2015

Voters next May will head to the ballot box with the opportunity to do something profoundly positive for the future of Arizona. In November’s election, though, they have the chance to inflict real damage on the state.

One of the most beneficial partnerships between the United States and Israel is in the area of missile defense. Aerospace and defense companies, which make up one of the most important segments of Arizona’s manufacturing economy, are making the world a safer place as a result of their work in Israel. - See more at: http://www.azchamber.com/news-and-resources/bottom-line/2015/saving-civilization.html#sthash.F00REhA7.dpu
Proposition 123: It's as easy as ABC
Dec 2, 2015

Friends,

I wanted to share with you the following statement the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry submitted in favor of Proposition 123. This argument will appear in the Secretary of State's publicity pamphlet before the special election next May.

Glenn

One of the most beneficial partnerships between the United States and Israel is in the area of missile defense. Aerospace and defense companies, which make up one of the most important segments of Arizona’s manufacturing economy, are making the world a safer place as a result of their work in Israel. - See more at: http://www.azchamber.com/news-and-resources/bottom-line/2015/saving-civilization.html#sthash.F00REhA7.dpu
Fight for $15 is a Fight Against Jobs
Nov 13, 2015

At the Republican debate last Tuesday, minimum wage policy received major attention; not only from the candidates inside the theatre, but also from the hundreds of protesters backed by labor unions gathered outside the event calling for a hike in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. But the so-called Fight for $15, if successful, is poised to have dangerous unintended consequences for the very individuals the movement is claiming to want to help.

One of the most beneficial partnerships between the United States and Israel is in the area of missile defense. Aerospace and defense companies, which make up one of the most important segments of Arizona’s manufacturing economy, are making the world a safer place as a result of their work in Israel. - See more at: http://www.azchamber.com/news-and-resources/bottom-line/2015/saving-civilization.html#sthash.F00REhA7.dpu
Saving civilization
Oct 27, 2015

One of the most beneficial partnerships between the United States and Israel is in the area of missile defense. Aerospace and defense companies, which make up one of the most important segments of Arizona’s manufacturing economy, are making the world a safer place as a result of their work in Israel.

Start-Up State Meets Start-Up Nation
Oct 15, 2015

TEL AVIV - At an American Israel Public Affairs (AIPAC) dinner last year, Gov. Doug Ducey referred to Arizona as the “Start-Up State.” Having read Dan Senor and Paul Singer's New York Times bestseller, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle— a book that has now been translated into 29 languages —Gov. Ducey obviously saw the similarities between our state and Israel.

We're Number 1
Sept 22, 2015

Arizona State University was just named the nation’s Most Innovative University by U.S. News & World Report. If college is about preparing for the future, ASU students couldn’t find themselves at a better institution.

Time to hit ‘delete’ on administration Internet plan
Sept 9, 2015

The United States has held a major oversight role over the Internet since early in its history. Since 1998 when the Department of Commerce took over management of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet has changed the course of history in ways few could have imagined over a decade ago. What was oncean obscure project deep in government bureaucracy has become so ingrained into daily life that imaging a future without the advances made possible through the Internet is unfathomable.

The places you'll go... Making the case for a statewide educational attainment goal
Aug 31, 2015

"You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose."

- Dr. Seuss, "Oh the Places You'll Go!"

Dr. Seuss redefined inspiration in his oft-quoted poem, "The Places You'll Go." Indeed, the tale of achieving great dreams against difficult challenges holds a timely narrative for Arizona.  Where will Arizona go in the future? What direction do we steer to ensure a thriving economy for the state?

 

A good day for the First Amendment
Aug 21, 2015

A broad cross-section of Arizona’s business community banded together yesterday to oppose efforts by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to expand its jurisdiction to regulate the election activities of Arizona’s citizens and businesses. The coalition included chambers of commerce from across the state, and associations representing industries ranging from health care, to real estate and development, to agribusiness. The united front of the state’s business leaders sent a powerful message that we will stand strong for free speech.

The robots are coming
August 7, 2015

The idea of a $15 minimum wage is a full frontal assault on the free market, entry-level workers and small  business. Unfortunately, this terrible idea may be coming to an Arizona town near you. 

Dump the Trump
July 10, 2015

TEL AVIV – The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proud to have played host earlier this year to events featuring three of the leading Republican presidential contenders: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. I expect we will welcome additional candidates from both parties in the fall. 

Donald Trump will never make the cut. 

Administration working overtime on regulations that harm employers
July 1, 2015

You’ll be forgiven if you’ve lost count. It can get confusing keeping track of the all the rules and regulations the Obama administration has put forward that make growing a business and managing your workforce more difficult and more expensive.

List of examples of federal regulatory overreach is way too long
June 23, 2015

During an address before a joint session of the Indiana State Legislature, Ronald Reagan once quipped, “If the Federal Government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this State, Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.” 

Why we're opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana
June 11, 2015

Arizona voters next year will likely be asked whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry will oppose any such legalization efforts.

National Charter Schools Week shines spotlight on education innovation in Arizona
May 8, 2015

This week marked National Charter Schools Week, which for this father of three has meant a chance to reflect on what school choice and charters schools have meant in my own household.

The Governor for Generation Y
May 1, 2015

Arizona is a great place for millennials. It’s the perfect example of an ideal state for our generation to live, work, and play. We are the generation of start-ups, entrepreneurs and Internet campaigns, with a burning desire to express our innovative ideas. And in November 2014, we solidified Arizona as the ideal breeding ground for these ideas when we elected a governor who has proven to us that he wants millennials to have every opportunity to succeed.

NAFTA Next: Trans-Pacific Partnership opens up new opportunities for U.S. and Mexico
Apr. 21, 2015

Being in a bustling, modern metropolis like Guadalajara, which is known for its thriving high-tech and manufacturing sector and its higher education offerings as much as its tequila production and its legacy as the birthplace of mariachi music, gives you a great perspective on how international trade can help drive prosperity.

Ten big things Gov. Ducey and the Legislature accomplished for business this year
Apr. 17, 2015

Governor Doug Ducey promised an administration that would move at the speed of business. His first legislative session proved true to his word.

The distinguished gentlemen
Apr. 9, 2015

I had the privilege of attending the Arizona Chamber luncheon earlier this week to hear from Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake, and it struck me how fortunate we are in Arizona to have two such principled men representing our state and our country.

Overregulation: Local edition
Mar. 26, 2015

At the outset of Gov. Doug Ducey's administration, he proclaimed that Arizona should be the nation's "pace leader" in job creation. He and the Legislature are off to a good start. Bills are making their way to the governor's desk that enhance our tax, regulatory and civil justice environments, strengthening what CEO Magazine has already ranked as a Top 10 business environment.

A new umpire in World Series of Regulation
Mar. 16, 2015

The World Series of Regulation is really heating up to determine which federal agency can put forth rules and regulations most hostile to economic growth. It’s neck and neck between the National Labor Relations Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Putting an end to asbestos litigation "double dipping"
Feb. 26, 2015

You’ve likely seen the ads on T.V. Attorneys telling viewers that if they have some particular illness, that they might have been exposed to asbestos and are entitled to financial compensation.

Trading Up
Feb. 20, 2015

President Obama has requested Congress to renew his Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Congress should grant the request. TPA not only represents the most constructive area for bipartisan cooperation this year, but it is vital because economic growth and job creation at home depend on our ability sell American goods and services to the 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside the U.S.

Mr. Conservative
Feb. 11, 2015

I’m in Washington, D.C. this week as Arizona celebrates 103 years of statehood and memorializes one of its greats, former U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, with the unveiling later today of his statue in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

Litigation lotto
Feb. 9, 2015

Maybe you’ve seen the ads late at night promising cash to help you with your expenses while you await a settlement from your lawsuit. Call a 1-800 number and you can have a check before you know it, they say. And don’t worry! If you don’t win your case, you don’t owe anything.

Keeping up with the Joneses
Feb. 4, 2015

Word that Apple is making a $2 billion investment in Arizona is a big win early in the administration of Gov. Doug Ducey. The governor has demonstrated right out of the gate that he’s willing to get personally involved in efforts to put Arizona on companies’ short list.

Welcome to Arizona’s Super Season
Jan. 29, 2015

We are in the midst of Arizona tourism’s busiest season. The fantastic weather provides the perfect atmosphere for championship-caliber sports in the Valley, skiing up north, or even hunting for rare gems and minerals in Tucson.

Arizona Has Big Mo in Education
Jan. 22, 2015

For those who say that the state of our schools is “poor,” the rhetoric doesn’t match reality. That folks in positions of educational leadership subscribe to such a gloomy view of Arizona’s schools is disturbing.

George Washington isn't just a bridge
Jan. 15, 2015

BuzzFeed last fall posted a YouTube video titled “Can You Pass the U.S. Citizenship Test?” After going viral with over 1.4 million views, people took to social media to test out their own skills and share with their friends. Soon Facebook was flooded with users sharing and comparing their results on a U.S. Citizenship practice test. (I'm not including the link to the video. Not all of the content is family friendly.)

Despite budget challenges, optimism abounds as 52nd Legislature opens
Jan. 9, 2015

It was fitting that Inauguration Day in Arizona last Monday was chamber of commerce weather. The sunny day matched the mood of the audience there to witness an energetic slate of statewide officeholders take their oaths of office. The sunshine also matches the outlook of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2015 Business Agenda.