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Support for Repeal of the Health Insurance Tax!

Posted By Jack Lunsford, Interum CEO, Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, October 24, 2016

A letter to U.S. Congress Woman Kyrsten Sinema from Jack Lunsford, CEO of ASBA.


Dear Congresswoman Sinema:

I would like to underscore the support of the Arizona Small Business Association and commend you for your efforts to repeal the Health Insurance Tax.  We realize that bipartisan action will be required to stop this harmful HIT, so we are glad you are working to build momentum, especially among your Democratic colleagues, to protect small businesses and their workers.

As you have said many times, the small business community is truly the backbone of the Arizona economy, representing hundreds of thousands companies.  A tax that is aimed directly at these employers is bad for our state and for the nearly 1 million workers who rely on them for their jobs.

I want to reiterate what I have expressed to you previously:  the HIT was poorly designed from the beginning.  If Congress had set out to enact a policy that would add barriers to providing employee health insurance, reduce the number of people covered, and undermine small businesses all at the same time, they couldn’t have done much better than the HIT.  This tax achieves exactly the opposite of what is needed in the healthcare market. At a time when everyone is looking to increase affordability and access, the HIT is taking us in the other direction.  Small businesses were already struggling to recover in this economy.

Now the HIT is making things worse. Few if any ASBA members can afford to lose $5,000 per employee from the bottom line over a decade.  We hear repeatedly from these business owners that they want to bring on new workers, but they are worried about the healthcare costs due to the HIT.  Others are upset that they are being forced to deduct more from their employees’ paychecks to cover the HIT, and they feel bad about the damage that can do to a family’s finances.

ASBA members are particularly dismayed that they and their employees are the ones being asked to pay the price of the HIT.  Nearly 90 percent of small businesses get their health insurance through the fully insured market, but most large companies do not.  The HIT therefore is just another example of giving corporate interests a free pass and handing the bill to the little guy.  It’s not right, and it’s not good public policy.

ASBA is glad to have you on our side, fighting against this misguided, damaging, and unfair tax.  News of the one-year moratorium was well received by the small business community.  Now please keep up the pressure for a permanent HIT repeal.  It’s the only solution that will give Main Street companies the long-range security they need.

With sincere gratitude,

Jack W. Lunsford
Interim President & CEO
Arizona Small Business Association

Tags:  healthcare  HIT Tax  public policy  small business 

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Arizona Minimum Wage - Prop 206

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Yesterday, the Maricopa County Superior Court dismissed a lawsuit that was challenging petitions in favor of Proposition 206, which means that Prop 206 will be on the ballot in November.

Prop 206 would significantly raise minimum wage in Arizona.  As you know, Arizona minimum wage is currently $8.05 (which is higher than the federal minimum wage), and increases every January.  This measure would increase that wage about 50% (to $12.00 per hour) over the next four years, then presumably will go back to the annual increases we see now.  On January 1, 2017, the rate would jump to $10.00 per hour. 

Prop 206 would also require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. 

Regardless of where you fall on the philosophical debate about whether increasing everyone’s wage will actually benefit a particular person (or whether the increase in prices will offset the increase), this is an important issue for Arizona businesses.  To maintain profitability, businesses forced to raise their wages beyond market rates must typically raise prices.  

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Preparing for the August 30th Arizona Primary Election

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Sunday, July 31, 2016

Although ASBA does not endorse or recommend candidates for office, we do recognize the importance of voting. Below are the August dates you'll need to be aware of if you plan on voting during the primary elections.

Source:
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What is the Primary Election on August 30?

Each recognized political party holds a primary election to nominate candidates. The candidates that win the nomination in the primary election advance to the general election. Arizona has an open primary which allows voters registered as “independent” to participate by designating to their County Recorder which partisan ballot they would like to receive.

Key Dates:

  • Voter Registration Deadline - Monday, August 1, 2016
  • Early Voting Begins - Wednesday, August 3, 2016
  • Last Day to Request an Early Ballot - Friday, August 19, 2016 - Click here
  • Mail in Your Early Ballot - By Tuesday, August 23, 2016
  • Election Day - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Independent Voters

Arizona has an open primary, which means all registered voters can participate in the August 30th Primary Election, including independents. Independent voters can vote early by contacting their County Recorder with their preferred party ballot by August 19th (NOTE: Independents on the Permanent Early Voting List must tell their County Recorder which ballot to send them if they wish to vote early). Or, independent voters can visit the polls and choose their preferred party ballot on Election Day. For more information, click the button below.

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Reason for Reform Arizona

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, July 26, 2016

 

Partnership for a New American Economy, Arizona Small Business Association,

AZ General Contractors, AZ Rock Products Association, Arizona Farm Bureau, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

You are cordially invited to join the above partners in the

Reason for Reform Arizona event to highlight the release of the Arizona data report on the economics of legal immigration.

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016,  8:30 – 9:30 am

Arizona Small Business Association

4600 E. Washington

Suite 340

Phoenix, Arizona

RSVP Kiley@mbqfconsulting.com or 602-370-8225

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What is Prop 123?

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Prop 123 is a ballot measure that, if it passes, will settle a years-long lawsuit and put $3.5 billion into Arizona’s K-12 public schools over the next 10 years without raising taxes.

The majority of the $3.5 billion funding comes from Arizona’s state land trust fund, an invested account that earns income annually and has nearly doubled in value over the past five years.

Voting YES on Prop 123…

  • Injects an additional $3.5 billion into public schools over the next 10 years
  • Doesn’t raise taxes
  • Protects future generations of students
  • Keeps quality teachers in Arizona


 
How does that work?

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Arizona’s Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund is currently worth $5 billion, and the trust earns money each year. Right now, 2.5% of the value of the trust is paid on an annual basis to beneficiaries like K-12 public schools, which own the majority of the trust. A YES vote on Prop 123 would increase the distribution amount to 6.9% from 2.5% for 10 years.

 


 
What about future generations?

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The nonpartisan Joint Legislative Budget Committee projects that the land trust will grow by more than $1 billion over the next ten years under Prop 123. That means we will maintain the health of the trust to fund future generations of students, the way the trust was intended.

Not only will the land trust continue to grow through the investment of the current funds, it will also grow through the sale of state lands. Right now, Arizona has over 9.2 million acres of unsold trust land worth over $70 billion backing up the current $5 billion trust. As lands are sold over the years, the proceeds will add to the fund, growing the available dollars for education as intended by Arizona’s founders.


What are the benefits?


Increases Classroom Spending.
 $3.5 billion in new money over the next decade will have a real impact on schools. Prop 123 puts more dollars into the classroom, where teachers can make a difference for students.

 

 


Keeps Quality Teachers. 
Teachers are fleeing Arizona because of a lack of financial support for education. This will reverse that trend and help pay our teachers what they deserve.

 

 

Diverse elementary students in the classroom


Takes A Good First Step. 
Prop 123 is a great first step that brings immediate and sustained funding into the public school system while protecting the trust for future generations of students.

  

 

Source: http://yesprop123.com/about/

Tags:  Access to Capital  education  public policy 

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Rick Murray Talks About Legislative Luncheon with KQTH

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, Arizona Small Business Association, Thursday, March 3, 2016

Every Wednesday, Tucson's Morning News spotlights a local business. Today, we speak with Rick Murray from the Arizona Small Business Association.

 

 



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Tags:  interview  legislative  podcast  public policy 

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Rick Murray Talks About Crowdfunding with Channel 8

Posted By Ashley Vizzerra, Arizona Small Business Association, Friday, July 10, 2015

 

Rick Murray discusses the new crowdfunding law with Channel 8 Horizon's host, Christina Estes. Rick says, "This is a game changer in creating more jobs in Arizona."

Tags:  Arizona Small Business  crowdfunding  equity  small business 

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ASBA's 2014 Legislative Priority Bills

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Friday, May 23, 2014
 
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HB2272 HB2288 HB2404 HB2528 HB2567 SB1062 HB1306 SB1413 Voting Record
ASBA's position:

Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
Representative: District Party








Ed Ableser 26 D Y Y Y N NV N Y NV 62%
Nancy Barto 15 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Carlyle Begay 7 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Andy Biggs 12 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
David Bradley 10 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Judy Burges 22 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Olivia Cajero Bedford 3 D NV Y Y Y Y N Y Y 87%
Chester Crandell 6 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Andrea Dalessandro 2 D Y Y Y N Y N Y Y 87%
Adam Driggs 28 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Steve Farley 9 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
David Farnsworth 16 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Steve Gallardo 29 D N NV NV N NV N NV NV 12%
Gail Griffin 14 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Katie Hobbs 24 D Y Y Y N Y N Y Y 87%
Leah Landrum Taylor 27 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
John McComish 18 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Barbara McGuire 8 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Al Melvin 11 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Robert Meza 30 D Y Y Y N Y N Y Y 87%
Rick Murphy 21 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y NV 62%
Lynne Pancrazi 4 D Y Y Y N Y N Y Y 87%
Steve Pierce 1 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Michele Reagan 23 R Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 75%
Don Shooter 13 R Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 75%
Anna Tovar 19 D Y Y Y N Y N Y Y 87%
Kelli Ward 5 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Bob Worsley 25 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Steve Yarbrough 17 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Kimberly Yee 20 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%




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HB2272 HB2288 HB2404 HB2528 HB2567 SB1062 HB1306 SB1413 Voting Record
ASBA's position:

Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
Representative: District Party  
           
John Allen 15 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Lela Alston 24 D Y Y N Y Y N N Y 75%
Brenda Barton 6 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y N 62%
Sonny Borrelli 5 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Paul Boyer 20 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Kate Brophy McGee 28 R Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Chad Campbell 24 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y NV 87%
Mark A. Cardenas 19 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Heather Carter 15 R Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Demion Clinco 2 D Y Y N Y Y N Y Y 87%
Doug Coleman 16 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Lupe Chavira Contreras 19 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Jeff Dial 18 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Juan Carlos Escamilla 4 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y N 87%
Karen Fann 1 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Eddie Farnsworth 12 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Thomas Forese 17 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Rosanna Gabaldón 2 D Y Y N Y Y N Y Y 87%
Sally Ann Gonzales 3 D Y Y N NV NV N Y Y 62%
Doris Goodale 5 R Y Y Y NV NV Y Y Y 62%
David M. Gowan Sr. 14 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Rick Gray 21 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Albert Hale 7 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y NV 87%
Lydia Hernández 29 D Y Y NV Y Y N Y Y 87%
John Kavanagh 23 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Adam Kwasman 11 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y NV 62%
Jonathan Larkin 30 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Debbie Lesko 21 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
David Livingston 22 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Phil Lovas 22 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Stefanie Mach 10 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Debbie McCune Davis 30 D Y NV N Y Y N Y Y 75%
Juan Mendez 26 D Y NV Y Y Y N N Y 75%
Javan "J.D." Mesnard 17 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Eric Meyer 28 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Catherine H. Miranda 27 D NV NV Y Y Y N Y NV 62%
Darin Mitchell 13 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Steve Montenegro 13 R N Y NV Y Y Y Y Y 62%
Norma A. Muñoz 27 D Y Y Y Y Y Y Y NV 75%
Justin Olson 25 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Ethan Orr 9 R Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Lisa Otondo 4 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y N 87%
Jamescita Peshlakai 7 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
Warren Petersen 12 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Justin Pierce 25 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Frank Pratt 8 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Martín J. Quezada 29 D Y Y N Y Y N Y NV 75%
Bob Robson 18 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Macario Saldate IV 3 D N Y N Y Y N Y Y 75%
Carl Seel 20 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Andrew Sherwood 26 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%
T.J. Shope 8 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Steve Smith 11 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Victoria Steele 9 D N Y N Y Y N Y Y 75%
David W. Stevens 14 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Bob Thorpe 6 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Andy Tobin 1 R Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 87%
Kelly Townsend 16 R N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 75%
Michelle Ugenti 23 R N Y Y NV NV Y Y Y 50%
Bruce Wheeler 10 D Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 100%

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