Tucson Metro Chamber
2018 Legislative Agenda

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Advance tax policies that encourage job creation, capital investment and facilitate Arizona’s ability to attract and retain businesses
  • Oppose state budget proposals that would reduce economic development capacity and impair tourism dollars
  • Support the Military Installation Fund and its funding source
  • Strengthen Arizona’s ability to utilize public-private partnerships
  • Advocate for increased funding for tourism promotion via the Arizona Office of Tourism
  • Oppose reductions in funding for the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
  • Support affordable healthcare options for Arizonans to ensure economic stability of the healthcare system throughout Southern Arizona

EDUCATION

  • Advocate for new and increased financial resources for K-12 education and public higher education programs
  • Support modernization and simplification of the state’s K-12 funding system
  • Strongly advocate the reinstatement of full funding for four-year Joint Technical Education District (JTED) programming
  • Support the Arizona Education Progress Meter, which elevates a set of widely accepted education indicators by which Arizonans can measure our state’s progress in P-16 education
  • Support the strengthening of Arizona’s public universities with a stable funding model based on the state funding 50% of the cost to educate resident students
  • Support critical capital projects and enhanced flexibility to ensure access for qualified students, world-class research capabilities and excellent workforce preparation at Arizona’s public universities

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Support new and increased revenue sources for infrastructure (roads)
  • Oppose sweeps from the Highway User Revenue Fund, the State Lake Improvement Fund, the Aviation Fund and other dedicated transportation funds into the general fund
  • Support full restoration of revenue share funding back to counties and municipalities Support infrastructure projects that maximize job creation and investment in Arizona’s interstate system, including I-10, I-11, and I-19 corridors
  • Develop and implement an appropriate increase to the gasoline sales tax
  • Support legislation, regulation and policies that recognize utility infrastructure delivery systems as assets requiring consistent maintenance, improvement and support through investments by all users

BUSINESS CLIMATE

  • Oppose government intrusion into private workplace management
  • Support legislation that protects businesses from frivolous lawsuits
  • Protect the business community’s ability to engage in political speech

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Advance tax policies that encourage job creation, capital investment and facilitate Arizona’s ability to attract and retain businesses
  • Oppose state budget proposals that would reduce economic development capacity and impair tourism dollars
  • Support the Military Installation Fund and its funding source
  • Strengthen Arizona’s ability to utilize public-private partnerships
  • Advocate for increased funding for tourism promotion via the Arizona Office of Tourism
  • Oppose reductions in funding for the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
  • Support affordable healthcare options for Arizonans to ensure economic stability of the healthcare system throughout Southern Arizona

EDUCATION

  • Advocate for new and increased financial resources for K-12 education and public higher education programs
  • Support modernization and simplification of the state’s K-12 funding system
  • Strongly advocate the reinstatement of full funding for four-year Joint Technical Education District (JTED) programming
  • Support the Arizona Education Progress Meter, which elevates a set of widely accepted education indicators by which Arizonans can measure our state’s progress in P-16 education
  • Support the strengthening of Arizona’s public universities with a stable funding model based on the state funding 50% of the cost to educate resident students
  • Support critical capital projects and enhanced flexibility to ensure access for qualified students, world-class research capabilities and excellent workforce preparation at Arizona’s public universities

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Support new and increased revenue sources for infrastructure (roads)
  • Oppose sweeps from the Highway User Revenue Fund, the State Lake Improvement Fund, the Aviation Fund and other dedicated transportation funds into the general fund
  • Support full restoration of revenue share funding back to counties and municipalities
  • Support infrastructure projects that maximize job creation and investment in Arizona’s interstate system, including I-10, I-11, and I-19 corridors
  • Develop and implement an appropriate increase to the gasoline sales tax
  • Support legislation, regulation and policies that recognize utility infrastructure delivery systems as assets requiring consistent maintenance, improvement and support through investments by all users

BUSINESS CLIMATE

  • Oppose government intrusion into private workplace management
  • Support legislation that protects businesses from frivolous lawsuits
  • Protect the business community’s ability to engage in political speech