View the latest Arizona Chamber policy commentary from President & CEO Glenn Hamer. Click on the links below to view our collection of Bottom Line columns.

1+1=2

  1+1=2    Glenn Hamer    March 29, 2017     HERMOSILLO, SONORA – I’m not an economist, nor do I play one on TV. But I want to explain why I believe we should think of trade broadly as an economic winner, whether that means exports leaving the US or imports coming in.   The…

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Make NAFTA Great Again

Make NAFTA Great Again   Glenn Hamer   March 7, 2017                Let’s make the North American Free Trade Agreement great again. NAFTA is already pretty great, but this 23-year-old agreement can be modernized and made even better. The key will be to find value-adds to areas that will…

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Thirty Days of Trade

  Thirty days of trade    Glenn Hamer    March 3, 2017   MEXICO CITY – I wanted to give you a peek into my calendar over the past month to get a sense of the time and effort the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the broader Arizona business community, and leaders from across…

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Why Arizona needs initiative reform

Why Arizona needs initiative reform Glenn Hamer   February 9, 2017 Last July, proponents of a higher minimum wage in Arizona submitted over 270,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office in hopes of securing a spot on the November ballot. Tens of thousands of those signatures were apparently fraudulent. We know this because…

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Education takes center stage in budget

Education takes center stage in budget   Glenn Hamer   January 18th, 2017                Governor Doug Ducey last week presented an executive budget that is education-focused. It provides more resources and more reform.   Arizona was one of the states hardest hit during the Great Recession. This had a negative on…

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Big league agenda 2017!

Big league agenda 2017!   Glenn Hamer   January 12th, 2017                Governor Doug Ducey has delivered his State of the State address. Legislators have taken their oaths of office. The presidential inauguration is right around the corner. This is the prime season for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and…

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