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Arizona ChamberEXECUTIVES2021 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR BUSINESS

Arizona ChamberEXECUTIVESARIZONA CHAMBER EXECUTIVES: LEADERS IN PUBLIC POLICYArizona Chamber Executives (ACE) represents the leaders of chambers of commerce across thestate of Arizona. The ACE membership reflects the diverse communities that make up our greatstate. Each year, our membership collaborates to establish a legislative agenda for business.This agenda provides our organizations guiding principles for advocacy that best representArizona’s businesses.Members of ACE draft the legislative agenda, which is presented to the broader membershipat our annual conference. The membership reviews and provides input, ensuring that eachcommunity’s voice is heard and represented. The membership then votes to approve the agendaand establishes it as ACE’s official priorities for the upcoming legislative session.Throughout the year, ACE members and leaders participate in weekly policy calls to monitorlegislation and determine necessary advocacy efforts. This public policy process is open to allmembers of the organization, ensuring that each Chamber is represented.ACE members follow these principles when advocating for our member businesses at the local,state, and federal levels. Our objective is to create and maintain a regulatory environment inArizona that allows businesses to grow and thrive.Arizona Chamber Executive Sponsors

Arizona ChamberEXECUTIVESCOVID-19 RELATED ISSUESCOVID-19 presented unprecedented challenges for Arizona businesses. The Arizona ChamberExecutives was a leading organization in responding to business needs during the pandemic.As Arizona recovers from the effects of the pandemic, ACE will continue to support public policyefforts that will provide businesses the necessary protections they need to stay safe, returnstronger, and contribute to a vibrant Arizona economy. Oppose OSHA and other government entities unilaterally expanding the definition of “safework environment” to include contact with COVID-19 or other contagious diseases.Advocate for business and community COVID-19 liability protection measures at both thestate and federal levels.Support tax credits for PPE production.Support continuance for employers being “held harmless” for COVID-19 relatedunemployment claims.

Arizona ChamberEXECUTIVESSTATE ISSUESEducation Advocate for financial investments for P-20 education and public higher education programsto ensure Arizona has the qualified workforce it needs in the 21st Century.Support a modernization and simplification of the state’s P-20 funding system, with anemphasis on encouraging the replication of high performing educational models, especiallythose in low-income areas and rural areas.Support funding and policies that ensure Arizona students and job creators have robustcareer and workforce pipeline options.Transportation and Infrastructure Support infrastructure projects that maximize job creation and investment in Arizona’sstatewide interstate system and ports of entry.Support statewide and regional transportation solutions to address transportation fundingchallenges that focus on a “user pays” model that incorporates long-term, forward-thinkingand sustainable funding streams.Advocate for legislation, regulation and policies that recognize the electric power grid andall other natural resources and utility infrastructure delivery systems as assets requiringconsistent maintenance, improvement and support through investments by all users.Support additional digital connectivity opportunities throughout all of Arizona.Taxation Oppose accounting gimmicks and fund sweeps as a budget balancing mechanism, especiallyrelated to transportation infrastructure.Support a taxation system that is globally competitive, fair, consistent, easily administeredand equitable that will attract new investments and bring jobs to Arizona.Support a reduction in business property taxes to help spur investment.Work with interested parties to come up with continued reforms to Arizona’s public pensionsystems to reduce unfunded liabilities.Conform to federal income tax changes by January 31st of each year.Support a statutory clarification regarding the taxation of digital goods and services toprovide taxpayer clarity and certainty.Support of continuous improvement of Department of Revenue policies & procedures toensure tax collection accuracy, management and system ease of use by taxpayers.

Arizona ChamberEXECUTIVESSTATE ISSUESLegal & Regulatory Affairs Support free market enterprises and the right of business to determine wage and benefitpolicies without undue government interference.Oppose government burdens on private workplace management, including ability to hire,terminate and retain employees or obtain licensure or business ownership.Maintain a competitive regulatory environment that provides timeliness and certainty forbusinesses without unduly burdensome regulations on business owners.Support legislation that protects businesses from frivolous lawsuits.Support Arizona’s national image through sound legislation including modernizing policies torecognize Arizona’s diverse community and population.Continue to advocate for a fair and transparent initiative process that reflects the will of allArizonans while respecting the constitutional authority and duties of the Legislature.Protect the business community’s ability to engage in political speech.Economic Prosperity Support efforts to brand Arizona as a favorable environment for tourism, business location,expansion, and job creation, including film and multimedia production.Strengthen Arizona’s economy by encouraging increased public-private partnerships.Increase the funding level for tourism promotion for the State of Arizona andencourage the office to seek a chamber of commerce or other qualified privatenon-profit organization as the first option designation as a destination marketingorganization (DMO).Advocate for policies that encourage economic development throughout all of Arizona.Support market driven solutions to providing workforce housing solutions that are affordableand sustainable.

Arizona ChamberEXECUTIVESFEDERAL ISSUESRegulatory Oppose regulatory efforts by the federal government that disparately and disproportionatelyimpact Arizona, while supporting efforts to streamline regulations and ensure that Arizona’sdistinctive characteristics are reflected.Preserve a business owner’s ability to manage their workplace and workforce withoutexpanded federal intrusion, including FMLA mandates.Advocate for annual finalization of the federal tax code by November 30 of that tax year.Promote policies that support trade that protect Arizona’s competitive interests.Advocate for health care legislation that removes mandates on small business, providesstability and certainty for the individual insurance marketplace and hospital systems, protectsthe low-income and vulnerable, and does not cost shift expenses to the state or businessesand does not impede the private market.Support policies that allow chambers to provide group health plans to their membersthrough the association health plan model.Oppose efforts to increase wage and benefit laws that are higher than the state minimums.Military Assets Work with Arizona’s congressional delegation and business community to promote Arizona’smilitary installations and emphasize the ability of these installations to take on new missionsand expand economic development.

Arizona ChamberEXECUTIVESFEDERAL ISSUESNatural Resources Support legislation that would require the federal government to enter an agreement withthe state or any municipality that offers non-federal funds to reopen and temporarily operatepublic lands including national parks, national monuments and national recreation areasduring a government shutdown.Support comprehensive state and federal solutions that protect Arizona’s present and futurewater supply for sustained economic development for all affected industries.Support the Northern Arizona Forest Fund (NAFF) and National Forest Foundation (NFF)to help protect the state’s forests and water supply through programs designed to improveforest health and water quality in the Salt and Verde River watersheds.Support allocating a percentage of funds currently marked for suppression of forest fires toprevention of forest fires.Oppose efforts to designate land as national monuments.Support policies that ensure the Colorado River remains accessible for recreational watercraftProtect Arizona’s Colorado River allotment and the ability to effectively manage theallotment, including maintaining the reliability of those supplies for current and future use.Support policies that advocate for Arizona’s mining and agriculture industries.Immigration Continue to support comprehensive federal immigration reform that encourageseconomic growth.Support a dialogue with the Mexican government to expand and modernize U.S.-Mexicoports of entry that advocates for improvement, modernization, and increased securitymeasures at the border.

Endorsed ByApache Junction Chamber of CommerceBenson/San Pedro Valley Chamber of CommerceBuckeye Valley Chamber of CommerceCarefree Cave Creek ChamberChandler Chamber of CommerceCity of Maricopa Chamber of CommerceCottonwood Chamber of CommerceEloy Chamber of CommerceFountain Hills Chamber of CommerceGilbert Chamber of CommerceGlendale Chamber of CommerceGreater Casa Grande Chamber of CommerceGreater Flagstaff Chamber of CommerceGreater Oro Valley Chamber of CommerceGreater Phoenix ChamberGreater Vail Chamber of CommerceGreen Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce & Visitor CenterLake Havasu Area Chamber of CommerceMarana Chamber of CommerceMesa Chamber of CommerceNogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of CommercePrescott Chamber of CommercePrescott Valley Chamber of CommerceQueen Creek Chamber of CommerceSedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism BureauSurprise Regional Chamber of CommerceTempe Chamber of CommerceTucson Metro Chamber of CommerceWickenburg Chamber of CommerceYuma County Chamber of Commerce

Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce Marana Chamber of Commerce Mesa Chamber of Commerce Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce Prescott Chamber of Commerce Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce Queen Creek

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