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.

The next education conversation: quality for equality

Glenn Hamer I don’t often find occasion to praise California for its game-changing reforms. However, a California Superior Court judge last week achieved game-changer status when he threw out the state’s teacher tenure laws, holding that they violate the state constitution. If upheld, this case will allow California schools to retain teachers based on their…

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Message to EPA: Engage before you change

Glenn Hamer The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a rule that will significantly expand the definition and jurisdiction of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The federal agencies claim that the proposed rule will make the process of identifying “waters of the United States” less complicated and…

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Legislative session wraps with wins for business

Glenn Hamer Ninety state legislators and Gov. Jan Brewer made their way through a myriad of bills in workmanlike fashion in the recently completed legislative session, wrapping up their work in an efficient 101 days. The session produced a number of wins for the Arizona Chamber and the larger business community demonstrating once again why…

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More regulation means less prosperity

Glenn Hamer Anyone in business knows that the heavy regulatory hand of government prevents job creation, slows investment and hurts the economy. That’s why when Gov. Jan Brewer took office in January 2009, one of her first actions was to place a moratorium on new state government regulations. The governor’s move was cheered by the…

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Ambush! NLRB election plan hurts employers.

Glenn Hamer Faced with an economy that is limping along, President Obama has pursued an odd strategy for growth. Instead of backing a tax code overhaul, or staring down Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over the senator’s unwillingness to pursue fast track trade negotiating authority, or pressing the pause button on new regulations, the president…

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Not just a game, Spring Training means business

Glenn Hamer In 2012, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, Cactus League Association, and a coalition of municipalities that host the Cactus League funded two different studies, conducted by Elliott D. Pollack & Co. and FMR Associates of Tucson, to examine the economic impact of the Arizona Cactus League. The studies…

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