Greater Phoenix chamber sets sights on 2016 goals

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce recently issued its list of legislative priorities for the coming year.


The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce recently issued its list of legislative priorities for the coming year.  

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce recently issued its list of legislative priorities for the coming year.

The chamber’s public affairs team said the priority list is not necessarily complete, but it serves as a starting point and includes funding restoration, campaign finance oversight and public safety pension reform.

Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) in Arizona may see $30 million slashed from their budgets starting in fiscal year 2017, the chamber said. These valuable programs offer key training to those not on a college track and the chamber supports their continuation.

The chamber said its supports efforts the efforts of Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, who is at work revising procedures regarding campaign financing in order to streamline political committee categories, clarify donations and expenses, and offer predictable enforcement. 

The chamber said it endorses state Sen. Debbie Lesko’s work to reinstate certain reforms as well as to allow increased employee contributions, expanded options for new employees, and additional changes designed to reduce costs to employers and taxpayers.

Regarding the Arizona state budget, the chamber said it advocates temperance in spending to avoid deficits, reiterating that the state should commit to supporting the workforce, JTEDs and higher education.

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