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.

Glenn Hamer’s 2016 Hammer Awards

Glenn Hamer’s 2016 Hammer Awards   Glenn Hamer   December 30th, 2016                We can’t officially close the book on 2016 without acknowledging the people and events that shaped the year. It’s time to take stock, reflect, and hand out the 2016 Hammer Awards! These annual awards are my…

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Why we’re challenging Proposition 206

Why we’re challenging Proposition 206   Glenn Hamer   Dec. 29, 2016                The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and several representatives from across Arizona’s business community, including the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and the…

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A man-made disaster

A man-made disaster   Glenn Hamer   December 2nd, 2016                The state and national teachers unions spent a combined $400,000 on the campaign to pass Proposition 206, the ballot initiative to dramatically raise the state minimum wage and institute a new paid leave mandate on employers. Their efforts, along with…

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The closing argument

The closing argument   Glenn Hamer   October 31st, 2016                Many of you have ballots sitting on your kitchen table waiting to be filled out. If you’d like to mail your completed ballot, do so by tomorrow, November 1. Otherwise, you’re advised to bring your completed ballot to…

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A call to reform

A call to reform    Glenn Hamer   October 19th, 2016                The Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Civil Justice Reform, convened by Chief Justice Scott Bales earlier this year, just completed its work taking a good hard look at the current state of Arizona’s civil justice system. Of interest…

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Rogue California union exposes need for initiative reform

Rogue California union exposes need for initiative reform Glenn Hamer August 23, 2016 Should a California labor union determine how much Arizonans can earn? That was the question SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West wanted to place on Arizona’s November ballot. Specifically, the rogue union’s proposed initiative sought to cap healthcare executives’ compensation at a level not…

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Kicking away the career ladder

Kicking away the career ladder Glenn Hamer July 12, 2016 An initiative poised to appear on the November ballot that would raise the state minimum wage to $12 and impose new mandates on employers regarding paid leave policies is bad for Arizona. It will hurt job creators and job seekers. That’s my take, anyway. A…

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