May 15, 2012
The fiftieth Arizona Legislative session adjourned sine die late last week bringing to a close one of the most interesting sessions that Arizona has seen. State legislators tackled a tough budget coming out of a rough economic downtown, adopted new maps following the redistricting process and referred a number of important issues to the ballot for voters to decide.
The Greater Phoenix Chamber’s Legislative Wrap Up breakfast offered some insights in to the behind the scenes machinations of our state elected officials and the challenges they faced. This session brought a near record number of resignations of legislators, including leadership. Despite these distractions, most of the speakers agreed that their focus on jobs and business creation will pay off for our state. The approach from the parties may differ, but these citizen legislators understand the critical importance that business attraction and job creation play in our state’s future. Leaders from both sides of aisle stressed how they were looking for place where they could create jobs around the state and they are supportive of measures that improve Arizona’s business climate.
Representative Chad Campbell reminded the audience how important their participation in the electoral process is. A number of important measures were referred to the ballots and citizens are taking some issues into their own hands with initiatives. Arizona voters need to take the time to be educated on these measures and VOTE. Our elected officials have the power to guide the budget and so many of the laws that govern us, but we can and should be an active part of the process as well.