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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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An immigration car wreck

Glenn Hamer When I was a sophomore in high school, my driver’s education teacher was a big believer in the “scared straight” method of preparing teenagers to get behind the wheel. He made it a point to show his classes accident scene photos to drill into our young brains the gravity of the responsibility of…

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Business community comes together

Glenn Hamer The Great Recession has taken its toll on Arizona’s Unemployment Insurance Fund. In fact, the demands placed on the fund have been so great due to high job losses that the fund last year became insolvent.  The UI system is one in which state and federal government, under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act…

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