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Arizona Jobs at Risk in Latest Defense Budget

Glenn Hamer The world is a dangerous place, which is why we should proceed with extreme caution when we consider big cuts to the Defense Department’s budget. What’s happening in Ukraine right now is a reminder that there are existential threats to freedom and stability around the globe. In a time of escalating tensions worldwide,…

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Mr. Mayor, These are Kids, Not Contras

Glenn Hamer  New Schools for Phoenix is a campaign to open 25 “A”-rated schools in Phoenix’s urban core by 2020. Launched by the Arizona Charter Schools Association, a group of motivated educational leaders – including the association’s president and CEO Eileen Sigmund – has looked at an area of greatest need and asked, “How can we…

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The 2013 Hammer Awards

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; time to hand out some virtual hardware to the winners of the 4th annual Hammer Awards, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer’s look back at the wild and the wacky of the year in politics and anything else that’s on his mind.…

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Don’t Burn Wood on No Burn Days

Glenn Hamer & Amanda Reeve Sitting around the fire and visiting with family and friends adds a little something special to Holiday festivities, and it is just about the only time that we in the Valley get to put our fireplaces and outdoor chimineas to use. However, as we learned today at the “Don’t Burn…

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Gap is Narrowing on Immigration Reform

Glenn Hamer Various Arizona Chamber and business leaders have made numerous visits to Washington, D.C. over the years to push for reform of our nation’s badly broken immigration system. As a border state, we understand this issue well. For years, the business community in Arizona has been pressing Congress and the Administration for a secure…

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Time to end partial shutdown and negotiate

Glenn Hamer A version of this column appeared earlier this week on Glenn Hamer’s blog, The Hamer Times. Here is my formula for ending the budget impasse: Republicans should relent on adding strings to the funding bill to keep open all of the federal government operations and should pass a “clean” continuing resolution (CR). For…

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