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.

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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Why manufacturers are optimistic

Why manufacturers are optimistic       Glenn Hamer   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. The Arizona Manufacturers…

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How we can make air travel more efficient

How we can make air travel more efficient  Glenn Hamer   June 15, 2017   SOMEWHERE OVER ARIZONA – 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…

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