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The Chamber Recommends…

Glenn Hamer A hotly contested primary election season is almost in the books. Many of you have already voted by mail, but for those of you who will be headed to the polls on Tuesday, here are the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s recommendations. We are excited to endorse these 23 Senate, 33 House…

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Time travelers at the EPA

Glenn Hamer The Environmental Protection Agency came to town this week to hold a public hearing on the agency’s proposal to institute a Federal Implementation Plan, or FIP, for three coal-fired electric generating facilities in Arizona. In case you were wondering, a FIP is a government term for telling states and local communities what to…

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I-11: Highway to opportunity

Jenna Minegar Amid last week’s news of two significant Supreme Court decisions, Congress ended a three year ordeal and passed a long-awaited extension of highway and transit funding. After nine prior extensions of the 2009 transportation bill, a final, one-week extension was filed to provide sufficient time to obtain President Obama’s signature. The bill, which…

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Stop the madness

Glenn Hamer In August of last year, following a bitter fight in Washington over whether to lift the federal debt ceiling in order to prevent the United States from defaulting on its debt, Congress passed and the president signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011. That law created the bipartisan Joint Select Committee…

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Regulatory Sal-vation

Glenn Hamer In his commentary this week, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue reminds readers that unnecessary delays in permitting projects are absolute job killers. For example, Donohue points out that from 1998 to 2006, the time it took to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for an energy or infrastructure project ranged…

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Arizona 2.0

Glenn Hamer The two years of the 50th Arizona Legislature will go down in the history books as the years when the Legislature hit reboot on the Arizona economy and turned what was a basket case into a best case. Consider where we were in 2010. We had a structural deficit, which was about the…

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