The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs program offers seven committees where Chamber members work together to identify policy priorities and adopt guiding principles. Through these committees, industry and community leaders, practitioners, legal experts, and policy advocates come together to evaluate policy and regulatory matters and form policy recommendations on behalf of the Chamber.
Arizona has achieved a national best ranking! Last year the state had the lowest rate of improper unemployment insurance payments. According to the United State Department of Labor, Arizona’s improper payment rate was 1.45 percent and equated to a total of $5,319,264 million in payments.
Arizona’s improper payment rate wasn’t always as excellent as it is now, and it cost businesses. Over the years, the business community has worked with state leaders to develop new guidelines for the unemployment insurance claims that would increase accuracy and safeguard employers. Increases in costs are shouldered by the Arizona business community.
On August 5, the Chamber’s Agriculture, Environment and Water Committee hosted a discussion on Colorado River Basin water supplies, water elevation levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell, and the potential impacts of project water shortages on the region. Thomas McCann, Assistant General Manager of Operations, Planning and Engineering of the Central Arizona Project, and Thomas Buschatzke, Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources joined us for this informative discussion.