If you missed last Friday’s Public Affairs Committee Meeting, here are the highlights:
With the Legislative Session over, the Chamber is shifting its focus towards local issues for the summer. City of Phoenix Budget & Research Director Mario Paniagua presented to the committee on the FY 15-16 proposed city budget. With no proposed reductions to services, the projected expenditures are $1.154 billion, which matches the level of currently projected resources. This number will be further refined in the coming weeks when the proposed budget is formally adopted by the city council.
In addition to the budget, Proposition 104 was up for discussion. This ordinance would fund a comprehensive transportation plan for Phoenix that will maintain and expand the light rail and bus systems, improve city streets and roadways and provide Phoenix residents with more transportation choices. The proposal increases the current city transportation sales tax to 7/10 of a penny through 2050. Deputy City Manager Rick Naimark presented to the committee on what is contained in the proposal. Bill Scheel, Maria Baier and others argued in favor of the proposition, while Scot Mussi from the Arizona Free Enterprise Club spoke in opposition. As stated by proponents, the proposed transportation plan aims to serve the growing population of Phoenix by reducing traffic congestion growth and keeping Phoenix green. This will be done by tripling the current light rail miles, increasing bus frequency by 70 percent, increasing the hours that transit is in operation, add more bicycle lanes and sidewalks, add new streetlights, and allocating $240 million for new roads and bridges.
The Public Affairs Committee voted to recommend supporting the proposition. It now moves to the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for determination of a final Chamber position.
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will honor three elected officials tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, by presenting them with the Sentinel Award at the 28th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix. Continuing a tradition that began 2011, the Chamber recognizes elected officials who are great partners with the Chamber in supporting a robust and thriving business environment. This year’s honorees are:
Representative Brophy McGee has been a supporter of education and the business community during her time in the Arizona House of Representatives. As Chair of the Banking & Financial Services Committee, she has helped maintain a business friendly regulatory environment, along with supporting numerous education policies that will have a positive impact on workforce development in Arizona.
Representative Bob Robson, the current Speaker Pro Tempore of the Arizona House of Representatives, has served at both the state and city level and has a long history of being an ally to the business community. Whether it’s strengthening and growing the state’s public university system or guiding numerous state pension and personnel reform measures, Representative Robson focuses on making sure that Arizona has a vibrant and thriving economy.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio, District 8, has been a long standing advocate for business here in Phoenix. By supporting fiscal prudence, lower taxes, and less regulations he has helped maximize business retention in Phoenix. Councilman DiCiccio is always at the forefront of finding ways to maximize the permitting process which is absolutely essential for job creation and growth.
Congratulations to this years recipients and we look forward to seeing everyone at the IMPACT Awards Luncheon!
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix 85016
10:30-11:00 a.m.- Check In and Networking
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.- Program