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Watch where we are going, America

Mark Dobbins But keep a steady eye on your back The Congress of the United States and the White House have collectively amazed and frustrated the American public over their many weeks of gridlock related to the national debt ceiling. Every eye has been drawn to today’s debate and tomorrow’s reversal. The news media is…

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Risks too high for Arizona to take a pass

Glenn Hamer There’s a feeling among some in the state Legislature that putting the wheels in motion to establish a health care exchange, as called for by the Affordable Care Act, is somehow tantamount to endorsing the entire federal health care plan. But as this Wall Street Journal editorial makes clear, “A posture of indifference…

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Clean car cancellation cause for celebration

Rebecca Hudson Looking to California for inspiration on public policy usually comes with a big price tag. Thankfully, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has proposed the repeal of such a California-inspired policy: the “Clean Car Standards” rule, also known as the California Low Emission Vehicle Program (CA LEV). The program was adopted by…

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Supreme Court matching funds decision a victory

Glenn Hamer Today is a great day for the First Amendment. On a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the matching funds portion of Arizona’s publicly funded elections scheme. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Arizona’s matching funds scheme substantially burdens political speech and is not sufficiently…

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U.S. visa policy building Great Wall around Chinese tourism

Katie Whitchurch The U.S. Chamber of Commerce last month announced its participation in the Discover America Partnership, a broad coalition to advance visa and entry reforms for international travelers and enhance the United States’ position as an international travel destination.  The U.S. Chamber is urging companies and chambers from across the nation to get engaged…

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Congressman gives Chamber audience an economic wake-up

Glenn Hamer Warning: This column contains economically graphic content. Reader discretion is advised. Congressman David Schweikert stopped by the offices of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry on May 19 for a briefing on America’s fiscal health and the state of the federal budget. Attendees looking for an early morning pick-me-up had come to…

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Big strides in legislative session

Glenn Hamer After 100 days, the first regular session of the 50th Legislature adjourned sine die on April 21 capping off what was a successful legislative session for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Arizona Manufacturers Council. A number of priority bills identified in the 2011 Business Agenda have been signed into…

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NLRB Action Against Boeing Chills Job Growth

Mark Dobbins While the Obama administration touts the importance of job creation in getting our economy back on solid footing, the National Labor Relations Board apparently hasn’t gotten the memo. The NLRB last week set a new low for government interference in private sector job creation when it issued a complaint against Boeing for moving…

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Air quality bill needed

Glenn Hamer I realize that the tussle between the state and the federal government over Maricopa County’s dust mitigation plan isn’t earning screaming headlines or 60 Minutes investigations. And no, I haven’t received any calls about the issue from members of the international media like I did when immigration was the hot topic of the…

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