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Hamer’s Hammer Awards: 2014 Edition

We are at that time of year to announce Arizona’s favorite year-end awards. It’s time for Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer’s Hammer Awards. Admittedly, winners don’t get an actual award to put on the mantel or in the trophy case, but trust us: the worldwide acclaim they earn is…

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Ambushed by the NLRB

The folks at the National Labor Relations Board aren’t slowing down for the holidays. With the term of one of its most reliable pro-union votes set to expire today, the NLRB is cramming through a few more anti-employer regulations in these waning hours. On a 3-2 vote, the NLRB last week voted to what it…

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Bureaucrats gone wild…again

You’ve got to hand it to President Obama for his perseverance. Despite getting waxed at the polls last month, his administration keeps on rolling with an environmental regulatory agenda that is neither politically popular nor wise public policy. But the White House’s regulatory runaway train is running down job creators, stifling economic growth. The EPA’s…

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Proposed EPA water rule is all wet

If you need further evidence of the sometimes cartoonish level of ham-fisted management of environmental regulatory matters by the federal government, consider the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to change the definition of “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act. A coalition of over 30 business organizations led by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce…

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The Chamber Recommends…

We are just a few days away from Election Day. Soon the TV ads will cease, the junk mail will stop coming and our street corners will look a lot less crowded. If you haven’t already marked your ballot, I encourage you to vote for candidates who will stand up for job creators and ensure…

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Don’t bottleneck economic growth

Two former Latin American presidents were in town this week; the National Association of Manufacturers came out with a report on Tuesday about the economic importance of infrastructure development; and another group called the effort to develop Interstate 11 between greater Phoenix and Las Vegas a “boondoggle.” All three events happened independently of one another,…

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U.S. corporate tax pushing jobs out to sea

President Obama is telegraphing that his strategy to hold the Senate majority and win swing House seats this fall will be to play the economic populism card, pitting what he will portray as corporate tax dodgers against middle class families feeling anxious in a still-too-soft economy. Expect entrepreneurial job creators to be caricatured in campaigns…

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