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Bill aims to create new housing-loan structure

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The top Democrat on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Thursday introduced a draft proposal to abolish Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and create a new lender-owned cooperative that would issue government-backed loans. Representative Maxine Waters of California outlined a measure that challenges the more conservative approach of the panel’s chairman. Texas Republican Jeb… Read More →

House bill limits Medicaid to 5 years

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A watered-down proposal by Republican Speaker Andy Tobin that would force Medicaid recipients to get a job and limit some to a maximum of five years of insurance was approved Thursday by the Arizona House of Representatives, despite Democratic objections that it would kick people in need off the health insurance program. House Bill 2367… Read More →

Sinema will stay in Arizona’s 9th District

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema won’t jump from her current district to the one being vacated by retiring Rep. Ed Pastor. Sinema announced on her campaign Facebook page Thursday that she intends to seek re-election in her current 9th Congressional District that covers Tempe and other southeast Phoenix areas. The announcement comes a week after… Read More →

Will 1062 hurt bid for 2016 GOP Convention?

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State legislation that would have allowed business owners to refuse to serve gays for religious reasons likely won’t impact Phoenix’s chances of hosting the 2016 national convention, Arizona Republican Party officials said Thursday. The Republican National Committee’s focus in evaluating potential sites is on venues, transportation and security, Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham said. “If… Read More →

GPEC Board Commends Brewer for Veto

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The Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors James H. Lundy, along with President & CEO Barry Broome, have sent a letter to Governor Janice K. Brewer to personally thank her for her action on Senate Bill 1062. “Today is a good day for Arizona,” said GPEC President & CEO Barry… Read More →

GPEC Board Chair Calls for Veto of Senate Bill 1062

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Under the direction of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, James H. Lundy, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) will be sending a letter to Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer urging the veto of Senate Bill 1062. As a premier regional economic development organization, GPEC works hand in hand with the Arizona Commerce Authority… Read More →

The politics of economic growth

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January 13, 2014 by in Economy | Featured | Politics

This is a turning-point election for Arizona. Seven candidates seek the governor’s post, the most important elected position in Arizona. Economic development and business leaders are concerned about the state’s image in the global market and what it will take to make the area competitive in the next economy. The new governor will need to… Read More →

Goodyear Mayor co-chairs Luke AFB West Valley Council

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The city of Goodyear remains front and center when it comes to being poised and prepared for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II Fighter Jet pilot training program at Luke Air Force Base in early 2014. But right now, members of the Luke West Valley Council – the regional group promoting the success of… Read More →

The 2013 Hammer Awards

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December 20, 2013 by in Featured | Politics

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; time to hand out some virtual hardware to the winners of the 4th annual Hammer Awards, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer’s look back at the wild and the wacky of the year in politics and anything else that’s on his mind.… Read More →

Kyl to receive honorary degree from Thunderbird

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Thunderbird President Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D. will award former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl with a doctorate of international law honoris causa on Friday, Dec. 13 during Thunderbird’s fall commencement ceremony, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Thunderbird Event Center. Kyl has been a friend to Thunderbird over the years, most notably serving as a special… Read More →

Study: Arizona’s Medicaid Expansion Will Cost $1B

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Arizona’s Medicaid expansion will cost the state’s taxpayers almost a billion dollars a year within a decade, according to a new study from Health Systems Innovation Network (HSI) and the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). Medicaid expansion is often touted as a “no brainer” for states, as the federal government promises to pay 100%… Read More →

Tibshraeny Named Municipal Leader of the Year

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November 17, 2013 by in Featured | Politics | Tech

American City & County magazine has selected Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny as its Municipal Leader of the Year. Mayor Tibshraeny will be featured in the November edition of American City & County, which has been the voice of state and local government since 1909. The magazine serves city, county and state officials who are charged… Read More →

Gap is Narrowing on Immigration Reform

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November 4, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

Various Arizona Chamber and business leaders have made numerous visits to Washington, D.C. over the years to push for reform of our nation’s badly broken immigration system. As a border state, we understand this issue well. For years, the business community in Arizona has been pressing Congress and the Administration for a secure border, workable… Read More →

High tariffs put manufacturing in the rough

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September 23, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

Arizona has a rich golf history. We have hundreds of outstanding courses throughout the state, ranging from affordable municipal courses to Golf Digest five-star offerings. We’re host to top-flight tournaments like the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA tour’s best attended event. Our state universities’ golf… Read More →