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.

A budget built on results

The budget Gov. Doug Ducey proposed earlier this month calls for significant new resources for Arizona’s K-12 education system. It’s a wise investment. No K-12 system in the country has been moving up the achievement charts like ours.

In his State of the State address the governor said, “The most compelling argument for investing in our schools is that they are improving.”

Arizona’s 4th-graders and 8th-graders have made more gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card) in math, reading, and science than any other state in the years 2009-2015. If you’re looking for rising achievement, look to Arizona.

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Let’s make a deal

With a major tax reform bill signed into law and the deregulation of the economy in full-swing, this is the time to make progress on some of the major elements of immigration reform and protect and, ultimately, modernize NAFTA so we can lock in a decade or more of 3 percent economic growth or better.

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Glenn Hamer’s 2017 Hammer Awards

Glenn Hamer’s 2017 Hammer Awards        Glenn Hamer    December 29, 2017     We’re just a few days away from 2018. Our annual Legislative Forecast Luncheon is set for another packed house on January 5. Gov. Doug Ducey will deliver his State of the State address on January 8, and then we’ll be off…

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Our tax system stinks. Let’s fix it.

Our tax system stinks. Let’s fix it.    Glenn Hamer   October 3, 2017     This just in from the Common Sense Department: The tax reform package proposed by the White House and congressional leaders is the ticket to dramatically enhancing the country’s global competitive standing and will be the catalyst for reaching the administration’s stated goal of…

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Results over rhetoric

Results over rhetoric       Glenn Hamer   September 27, 2017   Most leaders engaged in the work of improving education in Arizona are focused on how we can replicate the success of our highest performing district and charter schools to reach even more students. Some outfits, though, like the Grand Canyon Institute (GCI), seem committed…

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Tax reform is box office gold

Tax reform is box office gold       Glenn Hamer   September 13, 2017     The movie industry in 2017 saw its worst box-office performance in over a decade. North American receipts were down over 14 percent since last summer. Films with big budgets fizzled and audiences yawned at sequels.  One title this summer bucked the downward…

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An opportunity for a win-win-win

An opportunity for a win-win-win       Glenn Hamer   August 16, 2017     The first round of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is underway. It’s put up or shut up time for a US administration that says it wants to reach at least a 3 percent economic growth rate.   The path…

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