Monthly Archives: February 2014

Educators, Business, and Parents Oppose SB1310

While our economy is still on the cusp of a comeback, Arizona’s education system runs the risk of being forced back into the 20th century. Senate Bill 1310 would prohibit the implementation of the Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. If this bill is successful, it will significantly roll back the progress of Arizona’s schools and students, moving us back to a system from the era of dial-up internet.

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Being an Effective Advocate at the State Capitol

At last week’s Day at the Capitol event, Chamber members heard from the experts: lobbyists and state legislators about how to effectively advocate for an issue at the State Capitol.

Here are their tips:

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Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s Day at the Capitol

Last week, some thirty Chamber members spent the day at the state capitol learning about Arizona’s legislative process, exploring the importance of civic duty to the business community and engaging with state legislators.

If you have any questions about how to get involved at the capitol or would like more information about getting involved in the Chamber’s Public Affairs process please email publicaffairs[at]phoenixchamber[dot]com.

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Arizona Determined New, Higher Standards were Necessary for State’s Future

In 2010 the Arizona State Board of Education adopted new and improved standards with the goal of revitalizing our state’s education system—an education system that had for too long expected too little of our students and graduates who were not prepared to attend college, seek technical or vocation training, or enter the workforce.

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Reducing Insurance Premium Tax will bring equality to Phoenix business environment

The Chamber believes fair and equitable practices and applications of tax policy are paramount in promoting and supporting economic development in the Greater Phoenix region and the state.

With this belief, our membership—through our Public Affairs process—supports reducing the insurance premium tax.

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Business Community to State Leaders: Support Arizona’s Future through Education

Arizona business leaders have joined together, standing in support of Arizona’s future: if Arizona is to have a strong economic future, state leaders need to prioritize education.

The Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Peter Hayes, along with leadership from the Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have united to support Arizona’s education system by encouraging the state to fund the long awaited student/school data system and a student assessment that corresponds to higher standards and higher achievement in our K-12 system.

Read more from Arizona’s business leaders: http://www.azcentral.com/opinions/articles/20140202legislature-support-education-reform.html

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Jan. 31—Public Affairs Wrap-Up

Not able to catch last week’s Public Affairs Committee meeting? Here are the highlights:

Members participated in a lively discussion regarding immigration reform and a review of legislation from the Chamber’s Issue Committees.

The committee heard from Representative Matt Salmon’s Chief of Staff, Adam Deguire. Deguire briefed the committee about the progress of federal immigration reform in 2014 and discussed the release of the House GOP’s leadership “principles” for immigration reform.

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