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Time to vote yes on immigration bill

Glenn Hamer If you were worried that the Gang of Eight’s immigration overhaul efforts didn’t sufficiently address border security, then then amendment filed by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-ND) should put any fears to rest. Sen. Hoeven last week said his amendment language is “almost overkill.” It’s not almost overkill, it is…

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Prop. 100 in the dustbin of history

Glenn Hamer May 31, 2013 marks the end of the temporary one cent sales tax that voters approved in May 2010 when they overwhelming passed Proposition 100. Credit Gov. Jan Brewer for making what at the time was a politically risky move to strongly back the sales tax measure. The naysayers at the time weren’t…

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The Super Bowl of Science

Glenn Hamer Arizona added a major feather to its cap when it was recently named to the rotation of hosts for the reconfigured national college football championship. And the state takes its turn in the Super Bowl again when the big game comes to town for the third time in 2015. But while not covered…

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Moving on up

Glenn Hamer The good news this week that Go Daddy is expanding its operations here and that Chief Executive Magazine now ranks Arizona as the sixth-best state to do business (up from 10th place last year) is no accident.  From the moment Gov. Jan Brewer took office, the state set in motion dramatic improvements to…

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Visa reform needed to move country FWD

Glenn Hamer And so it begins. After six years since the last substantive debates over immigration reform, the Senate Judiciary Committee last week began hearings on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, the title of the legislation borne out of the months-long work of the bipartisan Gang of Eight, which includes Arizona…

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The Insistent Reformer Strikes Again

Glenn Hamer The late conservative columnist, Robert Novak, once referred to Arizona’s new U.S. senator, as an “insistent reformer.” During his 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Flake helped bring about what many insiders considered impossible: essentially eliminating earmarks from appropriation bills. During his House tenure he also worked on a failed effort…

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Shine Coming off the Golden State

Glenn Hamer The Tax Foundation in its 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index tells us something most of already know: California has high taxes. Really high. In its state-by-state rankings, California checks in at 48, duking it out with New Jersey and New York at the bottom of the barrel. Breaking out the ranking in…

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Grand Canyon-sized tax reform

Glenn Hamer The recent Grand Canyon Institute report “The Effects of Tax Reductions In Arizona: Significantly Reduced Government Revenue and No Apparent Impact on Economic Growth,” dismisses the bipartisan efforts to improve Arizona’s tax competitiveness over the past two decades and defies common sense. Does anyone really believe that Arizona would be better off with…

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Time to put AIMS in the drawer with my parachute pants

Glenn Hamer Arizona’s current high-stakes educational test, the AIMS test, measures if a student has mastered 10th grade material. Perhaps connected to this fact, 59 percent of Arizona children who graduate from Arizona high schools still must take remedial courses in college. In the recent recession we learned the hard truth about skills and the workforce.…

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