The Greater Phoenix Chamber’s Board of Directors, in consultation with the Public Affairs Committee, announced pro-business positions on ballot propositions that voters will see on the ballot in November.

Each election cycle, the Chamber methodically reviews ballot propositions and their potential impact to the region’s economy and effects each proposition might have on businesses. After review, the Public Affairs Committee makes a recommendation on each proposition that is then reviewed and approved or dismissed by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

  • Proposition – 125 Public Retirement System

Chamber position: Support

The Chamber supports this referral to further reforms that strengthen Arizona’s public retirement systems. The Chamber has long held that public retirement systems need reforms to remain sustainable and keep costs down for taxpayers.

In 2016, Arizona voters passed Proposition 124 regarding a cost-of-living adjustment for members of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS). In addition to employees (Tier 1 and 2) who were affected by that legislation, it added a third tier of benefits for employees hired on or after July 1, 2017 (Tier 3).

Proposition 125 allows for the changes made in SB 1442 and HB 2545 of the 54rd Legislature, First Regular Session that adjustment certain benefits in the Correction Officer Retirement Plan (COPR) and the Elected Officials Retirement Plan (EORP) systems to reflect similar standards set for PSPRS.

  • Proposition 127 – Clean Energy for a Health Arizona Amendment

Chamber position: Oppose

The Chamber stands with Arizona’s business leaders and hardworking families in firm opposition to the “Clean Energy” ballot proposal.

This initiative, filed by an out-of-state group funded primarily by California billionaire Tom Steyer, would amend Arizona’s State Constitution to require that public utility companies obtain half of their energy from renewable sources in less than twelve years’ time. If approved, these mandates will cost Arizona thousands of jobs, double energy costs for the average family and weaken Arizona’s economic competitiveness.

The Greater Phoenix region has one of the largest sources of clean energy in the country. Putting that needed and reliable energy supply at risk is not in the best interest of the state. Further, the Arizona Constitution is not the place to mandate regulatory energy policies that cannot be modified without going back to the voters for the simplest of changes. If Arizona approves these costly regulations, everyday citizens will be stuck paying the price for generations to come.

  • Proposition 306 – Clean Elections; Unlawful Contributions; Rulemaking

Chamber position: Support

The Chamber supports Proposition 306. This measure would stop the practice of publically financed candidates transferring taxpayer dollars to political parties or other tax-exempt organizations.

Proposition 306 would prohibit candidates who finance their political campaigns with public funding from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission (CCEC) from transferring any part of those public funds to a political party or private tax-exempt organization that attempts to influence elections and subjects the commission’s rulemaking to regulatory oversight, which did not previously apply to the CCEC.

  • Proposition 419 – Election Funding Disclosure Charter Amendment

Chamber position: Oppose

The Chamber opposes this charter amendment to the City of Phoenix charter as it has the potential to open up the Chamber’s and other nonprofit’s finances to groups that disagree with positions these organizations take in regards to candidates or ballot measures. Additionally, this effort will effectively suppress the business community’s speech in elections.

The proposed ballot measure referred to the voters by the Phoenix City Council would require original source disclosures by any entity making expenditures to influence a City of Phoenix election.

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Posted by Danny Imes