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This Week In Washington

Latest news from Washington, D.C. produced by Total Spectrum/SGA exclusively for members of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry More Info: Michael DiMaria | Partner and Vice President of Business Development | 602-717-3891 | mdimaria@totalspectrumsga.com Thanks for your interest in Washington, D.C., and thanks for reading This Week in Washington. Special thanks to those who participated in …

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Attorney General nominees talk policy at Arizona Chamber forum

Democrat Kris Mayes and Republican Abraham Hamadeh, their parties’ respective nominees for Arizona Attorney General for the November election, presented their divergent views at a forum hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry last Thursday. For one hour the candidates answered questions from moderator Mike Bailey, general counsel for the Arizona Chamber and …

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Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry recognized by U.S. Chamber of Commerce for outstanding advocacy

Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry President and CEO Danny Seiden on Monday was honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with its 2022 Advocacy and Public Policy Award in a ceremony before the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, a group of the nation’s most respected state and metro chamber leaders. The award was …

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Measure would allow Legislature to amend unconstitutional voter-approved initiatives

Voters in November will consider Proposition 128, which would allow the state Legislature to amend or repeal a voter-approved ballot initiative if the Arizona Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme court declared a portion of it unconstitutional or invalid. Due to 1998’s Proposition 105 , also known as the Voter Protection Act, voter-approved initiatives are …

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Debt collection proposition met with skepticism, would limit access to credit

Arizona voters in November will vote on Proposition 209, the Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act, a measure that claims to address supposedly unfair debt collection practices, but that opponents say will impede Arizonans’ access to credit and increase the cost of borrowing. A “yes” vote on the proposition would lower the maximum annual interest rate …

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Ducey administration reduces state government office space, increases work efficiency

Throughout Gov. Doug Ducey’s eight years as Arizona governor, the state has reduced its footprint of occupied government office space by about 750,000 square feet, increasing efficiency and lowering costs. This initiative accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, when workers found themselves adapting to hybrid and remote work. Before the pandemic started, “less than 10 percent …

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At Arizona Chamber gubernatorial candidate forum, nominees discuss how they would govern

Arizona gubernatorial candidates Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake separately took the stage at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Wednesday night, offering Arizonans the opportunity to hear from the candidates directly about their policy priorities.  For about 20 minutes each, the candidates answered questions from moderator Danny Seiden, the Chamber CEO, …

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Proposition would require tax hikes to pass with higher vote threshold

Arizona’s business community and Gov. Doug Ducey support Proposition 132, which would require ballot initiatives that seek to raise taxes to pass with at least 60% of the votes cast.  Under current law, all initiatives – including those that raise taxes – pass with a simple majority.  In arguments for the proposition published by the …

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Proposition would limit ballot initiatives to a single subject, end “logrolling”

Proposition 129 will make ballot initiatives more transparent and prevent special interests from inserting disparate provisions into a single initiative, according to the measure’s proponents. The measure, which was referred to the November ballot by the state Legislature, would amend the Arizona constitution “to limit each initiative to a single subject and require that subject …

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A good business environment should not have an expiration date

Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry President and CEO argues that Arizona’s focus on policies that encourage business investment and startups stands in contrast to other states’ government giveaways.  This column originally appeared in The Phoenix Business Journal. “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” That old phrase is just as true today as …

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