PHOENIX (January 9, 2023) – Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry President and CEO Danny Seiden released the following statement in response to Gov. Katie Hobbs’ inaugural State of the State address this afternoon:
“Arizona’s job creators this legislative session look forward to working with Gov. Hobbs and lawmakers from both parties to address some of the state’s most pressing challenges, including housing availability and affordability, and the security of our water supply so that the state can continue to grow economically.
“We were encouraged to hear Gov. Hobbs discuss the importance of investing in our community colleges and ensuring Arizona’s institutions of higher education are producing workforce-ready graduates to meet the demands of tomorrow’s economy.
“We also agree with Gov. Hobbs that addressing the Aggregate Expenditure Limit should be done sooner rather than later. No one wants schools to make deep budget cuts this school year, especially when the funds have already been appropriated.
“The Chamber in previous years has strongly supported policy that recognizes and expands academic excellence so great schools can sustain their work and can serve more students. We hope to collaborate with Gov. Hobbs to preserve a funding model that elevates the work of outstanding school leaders.
“Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with the Governor and legislators over the course of this session, the Chamber will treat all parties with respect and seek to find areas of common ground. We would hope all of our elected leaders would do the same.”
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