Help Tucson’s Economy Take Off

Help Tucson’s Economy Take Off Tucson International Airport is an essential economic driver of Southern Arizona. It is important for Southern Arizonans to understand the significance of utilizing TUS whenever possible for their air travel needs. New flights and routes will not be added if there is not a demonstrated demand. Electing to fly from other airports does not benefit …

City Council Votes 7-0 for Better Sign Code

City Council Votes 7-0 for Better Sign Code The Tucson City Council voted 7-0 last night to adopt an improved City of Tucson sign code that is less restrictive towards businesses. The Tucson Metro Chamber, along with several partner organizations and business representatives, has been an active participant in the Sign Code Revision Project since the beginning, and our hopes …

City Council Votes 6-1 to Support Job Creators

City Council Votes 6-1 to Support Job Creators The Tucson City Council voted 6-1 last night to support a rezoning request to allow for the development of a new retail center at the northeast corner of Houghton Rd. and E 22nd St. This is a vote in favor of job creation and in favor of adding a new asset to Tucson’s east …

VOTERS SAY “NO” TO TAX INCREASES

VOTERS SAY “NO” TO TAX INCREASES Yesterday voters across Pima County said “NO” to increased taxation. It appears voters feel tapped out on local government taxation, particularly new taxation to fund education and special interests. Taxation specifically for preschool, school bonds, school budget overrides, new parks and the zoo appear to have all failed this morning. Regarding education, four of …

Why You and Your Employees Should Vote “No” on Prop 204

Why You and Your Employees Should Vote “No” on Prop 204 In November, Proposition 204 will ask voters to raise the sales tax in the City of Tucson by one-half cent to fund early childhood education. On its face, the notion of funding education seems worthy, but the authors of Prop 204 need to go back to school on how to write …

Your Vote is Important

Your Vote is Important Are you and your employees registered to vote in this November’s City of Tucson General Election? You should be, but you only have until Monday, October 9 to do so. The numbers reported for voter turnout on the August 29 primary election were dismal. It is disappointing to see a lack of voter participation and to …

“YES” to Better Pay for Public Servants

“YES” to Better Pay for Public Servants The Tucson Metro Chamber encourages a YES vote on Prop 406, a proposal to increase the salary of the mayor from $3,500 per month to $5,775 per month and to increase the salaries of the six councilmembers from $2,000 per month to $3,300 per month. The mayor of Tucson is a full time, …

Chamber Opposes Permanent Tax Increase

Chamber Opposes Permanent Tax Increase The Tucson Metro Chamber has long been a strong supporter of education and increased education funding. However, in the November election, the Chamber recommends a NO vote on Prop 204, the Strong Start Tucson High-Quality Early-Childhood Financial Aid Program. Prop 204 is a proposal to authorize and implement an additional half-cent (0.5%) sales tax to …

Tucson Metro Chamber Board Votes to Support Proposition 101, Road Improvements and Public Safety

Tucson Metro Chamber Board Votes to Support Proposition 101, Road Improvements and Public Safety Tucson, AZ (February 14, 2017) – The Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors today voted to support Proposition 101, the City of Tucson’s temporary half-cent sales tax increase to fund road improvements and capital expenditures critical to public safety. It did so for several …

Make No Mistake About the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Position on Proposition 206

Make No Mistake About the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Position on Proposition 206 I am writing to reinforce the Tucson Metro Chamber’s longstanding opposition to increases in the state minimum wage such as Proposition 206 passed on the November 8 ballot.  Prop 206 takes the state’s minimum wage from its current $8.05 an hour to $10.00 an hour in 2017 and …