Bottom Line

2016


Glenn Hamer's 2016 Hammer Awards
Dec. 30, 2016

We can’t officially close the book on 2016 without acknowledging the people and events that shaped the year. It’s time to take stock, reflect, and hand out the 2016 Hammer Awards!

These annual awards are my way of highlighting the individuals who made a difference in the year past, the events we’ll remember and even a few dubious distinctions. If you’re a winner, sorry, there’s no actual hardware for the mantel or the bookshelf. But this column is always suitable for framing.

Why we're challenging Proposition 206
Dec. 29, 2016

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and several representatives from across Arizona’s business community, including the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, are challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 206, a ballot measure adopted in November that will raise the statewide minimum wage by nearly 50 percent by 2020 and burden employers with an expensive paid leave mandate.

A man-made disaster
Dec. 2, 2016

The state and national teachers unions spent a combined $400,000 on the campaign to pass Proposition 206, the ballot initiative to dramatically raise the state minimum wage and institute a new paid leave mandate on employers.

Their efforts, along with those of other unions and groups affiliated with organized labor, will result in a 25 percent wage hike in January when the new law kicks in, and a fully phased-in nearly 50 percent increase by 2020 along with the complicated paid leave provision that all businesses will need to comply with.

The closing argument
Oct. 31, 2016

Many of you have ballots sitting on your kitchen table waiting to be filled out. If you’d like to mail your completed ballot, do so by tomorrow, November 1. Otherwise, you’re advised to bring your completed ballot to your polling place on Election Day. The Arizona Secretary of State’s Arizona votes website has links to every county recorder around the state where you can locate your polling place.

Regardless of how you look at the presidential race, I hope you will consider the many important races that are also on the ballot this year.

Why job creators are voting no on Proposition 205
Oct. 24, 2016

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and No on 205 this Thursday, October 27 at 2 PM are hosting a tele-town hall for employers who are concerned about the effect of legalized marijuana in their workplace. Call 1-877-229-8493, PIN 115868.  

A call to reform
Oct. 19, 2016

The Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Civil Justice Reform, convened by Chief Justice Scott Bales earlier this year, just completed its work taking a good hard look at the current state of Arizona’s civil justice system. Of interest to the state’s business community was its focus on making the system more affordable, more efficient, and more responsive to the needs of court consumers.

Making the world their oyster
Sep. 16, 2016

A quality education leads to more choices in life. And really, isn’t that what we all want – to choose our own life course, rather than feel resigned to a predetermined path or one with limited options?

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry's primary election recommendations
Aug. 29, 2016

Tomorrow is primary day. If you still have a ballot and are headed to the polls, here’s who the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is recommending:

Rogue California union exposes need for initiative reform
Aug. 23, 2016

Should a California labor union determine how much Arizonans can earn?

That was the question SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West wanted to place on Arizona’s November ballot. Specifically, the rogue union’s proposed initiative sought to cap healthcare executives’ compensation at a level not to exceed that of the president of the United States.

Kicking away the career ladder
July 12, 2016

An initiative poised to appear on the November ballot that would raise the state minimum wage to $12 and impose new mandates on employers regarding paid leave policies is bad for Arizona. It will hurt job creators and job seekers.

The new ozone standard: An environmental impossibility
June 22, 2016

WASHINGTON - I'm on Capitol Hill today preparing to testify later this afternoon before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. The subject is the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone and legislation - S. 2072 and S. 2882 - that would delay its implementation or give states the opportunity to at least address state-specific issues with its implementation.

Why Arizona is winning with trade
May 26, 2016

May is World Trade Month, which makes it a good a time as any to hail the positive moves Arizona is making to increase the state’s competitive standing on the global stage.

Working overtime to eliminate jobs
May 20, 2016

The Obama administration recently released a new rule on overtime pay that continues the administration’s commitment to making job creation more expensive and cumbersome. Give the president credit; he’s nothing if not consistent. 

There is no Plan B
May 13, 2016

Next Tuesday is Election Day. Voters will be presented with one of the most consequential education propositions ever to appear on an Arizona ballot. 

Education the big winner in state budget
May 4, 2016

The Arizona state Legislature has passed a $9.6 billion budget for fiscal year 2017.

California East
Apr 26, 2016

The November 2016 state ballot has the potential to inflict tremendous damage on the economic progress Arizona has made in the last several years.

Setting the record straight
Mar 31, 2016

Much of the media coverage and commentary over SB 1516, a major cleanup of Arizona’s confusing campaign finance statutes, has been wildly inaccurate. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but not to our own facts. Here are the facts:

Closing the Gap between "Help Wanted" and "Work Needed"
Mar 25, 2016

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is one of seven partners in a national initiative changing the way we meet workforce needs across the country. Arizona’s efforts to engage industry leaders in closing the skills gap were on full display this week at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation conference on Talent Pipeline Management (TPM). 

Trade Trumps Tariffs
Mar 21, 2016

The case for protectionism has featured so prominently in the 2016 presidential election that you would think that we’ve been transported back in time to when Smoot and Hawley were the most talked about names on the political scene.

Spring cleaning time for confusing campaign laws
Mar 11, 2016

If you’ve read the news lately about the state of our politics, you’ve been inundated with stories of the corrupting forces of political speech and the so-called “threat” it poses to our democracy. You’ve heard less, however, about why efforts that claim to be designed to increase transparency in political debates are actually designed to limit free speech and chill the expression of particular opinions.

EPA ozone overreach puts Arizona economy at risk
Mar 3, 2016

When manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds. For some, manufacturing may not seem relevant to their daily lives. But in reality, manufacturers are driving Arizona’s—and the country’s—success every day. In 2015, manufacturing accounted for 155,400 jobs in Arizona, paying an average salary of $78,913 per year. Every dollar invested in manufacturing has a multiplier effect of adding another $1.37 to the overall economy. No other sector can claim a bigger positive impact.

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
Pension reform is up to us
Feb 26, 2016

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry strongly urges you to vote yes on Proposition 124. We believe the measure represents the best opportunity to preserve critical public safety services while protecting taxpayers. 

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
Fixing a legislative short circuit
Feb 19, 2016

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry in this year’s legislative session is working to advance legislation that will exempt manufacturers from paying sales tax on their electricity and natural gas consumption.

 

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
Arizona: The Cambridge of the West
Feb 12, 2016

Arizona has proven that school choice works, sparking the growth of some of the nation’s best public charter school networks. Accountability, too, has supported whole system improvement, with Arizona’s NAEP scores leading the country in closing the achievement gap. 

 

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
From the Chamber Notebook: Pension, legal and statewide assessment reforms emerge in legislative session
Feb 5, 2016

State Sen. Debbie Lesko is a warrior. The senator from Peoria for nearly a year has taken on a challenge that many considered an impossibility: getting public safety unions, their pension system and state and local policymakers to agree on reforms to the public safety retirement system that would ensure its continued viability while protecting taxpayers. But at the outset of the 2016 legislative session, we are one step closer to realizing that goal.

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
Number 1 state for school choice? Arizona!
Jan 29, 2016

More than 2,000 parents, students, teachers, policymakers and school choice supporters this morning gathered at the state Capitol to celebrate the opportunities and excellent educational options available to Arizona families. Our state’s leaders, from Sen. John McCain to Gov. Doug Ducey, are talking about the role school choice has played in moving Arizona’s education system forward.

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 monumental mistake
Jan 22, 2016

The Arizona Chamber Foundation and the Prosper Foundation just released their joint policy brief entitled, “The Proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument: A Monumental Mistake?”

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
This is Arizona's season
Jan 8, 2016

When Clemson and Alabama meet in Monday night’s College Football Championship, the two teams and their fans will be contributing to Arizona’s national reputation as America’s best sports tourism market.

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