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The new ozone standard: An environmental impossibility

The new ozone standard: An environmental impossibility Glenn Hamer June 22, 2016 WASHINGTON – I’m on Capitol Hill today preparing to testify later this afternoon before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. The subject is the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone and legislation…

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Why Arizona is winning with trade

Why Arizona is winning with trade Glenn Hamer May 26, 2016 May is World Trade Month, which makes it a good a time as any to hail the positive moves Arizona is making to increase the state’s competitive standing on the global stage.   The rhetoric surrounding trade on the presidential campaign trail in 2016…

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Working overtime to eliminate jobs

Working overtime to eliminate jobs Glenn Hamer May 20, 2016 This White House is hell-bent on short-circuiting any economic recovery. The Obama administration recently released a new rule on overtime pay that continues the administration’s commitment to making job creation more expensive and cumbersome. Give the president credit; he’s nothing if not consistent. The new…

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There is no Plan B

There is no Plan B Glenn Hamer May 13, 2016 Next Tuesday is Election Day. Voters will be presented with one of the most consequential education propositions ever to appear on an Arizona ballot.  If you haven’t already turned in your ballot, I urge you to vote yes on Proposition 123. If you are a regular reader…

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Education the big winner in state budget

Education the big winner in state budget Glenn Hamer May 4, 2016 The Arizona state Legislature has passed a $9.6 billion budget for fiscal year 2017. The spending package is an excellent one for education. This budget and passage of Proposition 123 will result in $300 million more for K-12 than we expected to have at…

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California East

California East Glenn Hamer April 26, 2016 The November 2016 state ballot has the potential to inflict tremendous damage on the economic progress Arizona has made in the last several years. Numerous proposed ballot initiatives read like they were written during an all-nighter at Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters. Consider the issues that Arizona voters might…

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Setting the record straight

Setting the record straight Glenn Hamer March 31, 2016 Much of the media coverage and commentary over SB 1516, a major cleanup of Arizona’s confusing campaign finance statutes, has been wildly inaccurate. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but not to our own facts. Here are the facts: Claim: The state is ceding its…

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Trade Trumps Tariffs

Trade Trumps Tariffs Glenn Hamer March 21, 2016 The case for protectionism has featured so prominently in the 2016 presidential election that you would think that we’ve been transported back in time to when Smoot and Hawley were the most talked about names on the political scene. From frontrunners to also-rans, candidates in both parties…

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Spring cleaning time for confusing campaign laws

Spring cleaning time for confusing campaign laws Glenn Hamer March 11, 2016 If you’ve read the news lately about the state of our politics, you’ve been inundated with stories of the corrupting forces of political speech and the so-called “threat” it poses to our democracy. You’ve heard less, however, about why efforts that claim to…

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