The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce serves as a unified voice for our 2,400 member businesses at each level of government. Our public affairs team looks forward to advocating at the Arizona Legislature for the below key issues on behalf of our Chamber members.

This is not intended as an all-inclusive list, but is aimed at providing some general issues and measures that the Chamber’s public affairs team is monitoring early in the 2016 session.

  • Restoration of Funding for Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs)
    • Approximately $30 million is slated to be cut starting in FY 2017.
    • JTEDs provide an important career option not requiring a four year degree for many students.
    • Many of these programs produce skilled workers earning above-average salaries.
  • Updated Campaign Finance Legislation
    • Current system is outdated and convoluted.
    • Secretary of State Michele Reagan is working with stakeholders to streamline state statutes.
    • The proposed new system will:
      • Drastically reduce the number of political committee types.
      • Produce much-needed clarifications on contributions and expenditures.
      • Make enforcement action more predictable for businesses and other organizations.
    • GPCC is looking to support this proposed new campaign finance system as long as protections are included for the business community to participate in political free speech.
  • Public Safety Pension Reform
    • Some cities are paying close to 50 percent of public safety payroll into PSPRS.
    • State Sen. Debbie Lesko’s proposal will:
      • Allow for some of the previous reforms struck down by the courts.
      • Allow for increased employee contributions – 50/50 cost sharing for new employees.
      • Provide an option of a defined contribution plan for new employees.
      • Stop automatic Permanent Benefit Increases (PBI) and allow for a pre-funded PBI system. Achieving this requires an amendment to Arizona Constitution.
      • Make other changes to reduce cost to employers and taxpayers and reduce the unfunded liability of PSPRS.
  • State Budget
    • GPCC is looking for a “steady as we go” approach.
    • We don’t want to have another deficit in the coming years by spending or reducing revenue too drastically.
    • The budget should address keys areas in workforce, JTEDs and higher education.

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The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce supports business growth and drives economic development in the region by helping members stay connected and prosperous, growing the economy through Phoenix Forward, our collaborative economic development partnership, and advocating for pro-business policies.