One of the shortest legislative sessions in recent memory produced some good results for the business community. Before discussing some of the specifics, let me remind you of how the chambers around the state work together on state legislative matters.
Our work starts each summer at our Chambers’ annual conference where a tentative platform of issues is developed. Chambers then take the platform to their respective boards for approval. Approximately forty chambers in Arizona signed their name to the 2015 Legislative Agenda for Arizona Business. That document was then delivered to each legislator at the beginning of the session.
This is a local election year with races for mayor and three council members as well as one or more financial questions involving the city tax rate. Incumbent Mayor Marlin Kuykendall and incumbent City Council members Chris Kuknyo and Charlie Arnold are not running for re-election. Candidates for mayor and council must turn in petitions no later than May 27.
The Chamber is planning a “SuperForum” for candidates that will take place Tuesday, July 21 at Yavapai College’s Performing Arts Center. Watch for more details on this event in future newsletters. The potential financial questions that will be on the ballot all involve sales tax changes.