Monthly Archives: June 2014

And They’re Off: 2014 Legislative Primary Races

The 2014 elections will be critical in determining the course of Arizona’s future. Knowing that, the GPCC PAC endorses pro-business candidates with the foresight and skill set to move the state forward into a bright future.

Chad Heinrich, Vice President of Public Affairs and Economic Development, explains the importance of the business community and voter participation in the election process in his guest piece in the Arizona Capitol Times. Read more here.  

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC), a subsidiary Chamber organization, was established in 1978 to identify and help pro-business candidates get elected to state, county and local offices.  Having pro-business candidates in office helps improve the business climate in metropolitan Phoenix. Designated as a state Super PAC, the Chamber PAC is proud to support candidates from both political parties that best represent the interests of the business community.

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The Business of the Environment

Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that the EPA went overboard in its attempt to regulate many small businesses under the guise of the Clean Air Act. With today’s ruling the Court rebuked the EPA’s attempt to misuse the Clean Air Act to regulate small business. The decision left the agency with substantial power to regulate existing sources but made it clear that the EPA’s attempt to re-write the law was an overreach and a violation of the separation of powers.

Read more about the EPA ruling on the US Chamber’s blog. For an overview of the ruling visit the Supreme Court’s blog.

 

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Selecting an Assessment to Support Higher Standards in AZ

Current and prospective employers in Arizona require an education system that prepares graduates for career or educational opportunities. The current gap between what business needs and the skills our students have is among our greatest challenges.

This gap, and the fact nearly 53 percent of Arizona graduates don’t qualify for a state public university and 59 percent require remediation in community college, is the reason that the State Board of Education adopted the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. In 2010, Arizona took a step in the right direction by adopting the new standards in English and Mathematics.

Now, nearly four years after adoption, the Board is in the final stages of implementation and is procuring a new state assessment that will match up with and support the more rigorous materials that students are learning in the classroom.

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Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Announces Endorsements for 2014 Primary Election

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee (GPCC PAC) has endorsed 39 candidates for the Arizona Legislature prior to the August 26th, 2014 Primary Election.  The Chamber PAC spans over three decades of support for candidates in local and state races who have distinguished themselves as knowledgeable and supportive of issues affecting business success in the Greater Phoenix region and Arizona.

“The PAC Board always takes this task very seriously, and this year was no exception,” said Greater Phoenix Chamber PAC Chairman John W. Moody.  “After careful analysis and thoughtful deliberation, the PAC Board has selected candidates who understand the importance of maintaining a pro-business environment and who are willing to collaborate in order to best advance policies that will continue to support jobs, a viable business community, and create long-term economic stability.”

“The PAC is a Chamber cornerstone, vital to our mission of supporting and sustaining member businesses,” remarked Todd Sanders, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. ” This year we heard from many qualified candidates, and chose to make primary election endorsements of those whose policies and work-style are closely in line with our major initiatives of boosting Arizona’s economy through economic development, job creation and business retention. Our future as Arizonans hinges on our involvement in the 2014 elections. Our main concern is electing candidates that will continue moving Arizona forward.”

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