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2018 Vote TechSmart Guide

Posted on: Jul 11, 2018 | By: Lauren Witte

The Arizona Technology Council is pleased to release our 2018 Vote TechSmart guide, a comprehensive review of Arizona candidate positions on key issues affecting the technology industry. Released every two years, this publication focuses on candidates who are running for the state House of Representatives and the Senate. The Vote TechSmart guide includes the Council’s…

AZTC Supports the Reelection of Gov. Ducey

Posted on: Jun 27, 2018 | By: Lauren Witte

Arizona voters will be deciding on a governor in November, and the Arizona Technology Council fully supports the reelection of Gov. Doug Ducey. He has worked hard to secure more than 160,000 private-sector jobs in Arizona, many of which resulted from our pro-technology government, and the entrepreneur and startup-friendly ecosystem he created. Governor Ducey has…

Invest in Ed is Not the Way

Posted on: Jun 27, 2018 | By: Lauren Witte

The Arizona Technology Council stands with much of the local business community in opposing the Invest in Education campaign to increase the state income tax. Such a measure would dramatically hurt small businesses and startups, and drive new businesses away from our state. The tax increase would be especially detrimental to the technology ecosystem in Arizona,…

AZTC Legislative Update: Week 17

Posted on: May 8, 2018 | By: Lauren Witte

“Budgets are a statement of our values and I hope this isn’t what we value” – Rep. Fernandez After a long week, legislators adjourned sine die near Friday morning’s witching hour and educators ended their week-long strike. Let’s get you into this session’s last legislative report. The Budget On Monday, a source close to the…

AZTC Legislative Update: Week 15

Posted on: Apr 30, 2018 | By: Lauren Witte

Members are starting to slow down and so are the schedules. There’s only one reason for that: the Capitol is approaching Sine Die. School Safety The week started off with last week’s big news: Governor Ducey’s school safety proposal. S1519 (protective orders; schools; approp) seems to be struggling, it reportedly doesn’t have the necessary votes…

AZTC Legislative Update: Week 11

Posted on: Mar 26, 2018 | By: Lauren Witte

School Safety On Monday, Governor Ducey revealed his plan to focus on mental health services for students, boost law enforcement presence on school campuses, and closing loopholes in background checks. The plan, or some version of it, is expected to move forward this week if it is going to at all. Democrats at the Capitol…

The 2018 Public Policy Guide

Posted on: Dec 5, 2017 | By: Lauren Witte

One of the many benefits of being a member of the Arizona Technology Council is having an advocate for driving a pro-growth, business-focused state and federal technology agenda. Through the efforts of the AZTC Public Policy Committee, the Council informs and educates policymakers on issues that are important to the future of Arizona’s technology community…

URGENT: ASK LAWMAKERS TO PROTECT DACA

Posted on: Sep 1, 2017 | By: Lauren Witte

The Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program allows almost 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants—the DREAMERS—to work and study without fearing deportation. These Dreamers grew up in the United States, have registered with our government, submitted extensive background checks, and have been contributing to our economy and paying their taxes. More stats on Dreamers: 97% are…

AZTC Public Policy Call to Action! Comment on NAFTA Regulations

Posted on: Jun 12, 2017 | By: Lauren Witte

Please join the Arizona Technology Council in our efforts to maintain and advance our international trade relationships and enhancing our economic security by supporting the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Comments close at midnight on Monday, June 12.  How can I  show my support? Go to this page and click on…

The 2017 Public Policy Guide

Posted on: Dec 23, 2016 | By: Lauren Witte

One of the many benefits of being a member of the Arizona Technology Council is having an advocate for driving a pro-growth, business-focused state and federal technology agenda. Through the efforts of the AZTC Public Policy Committee, the Council informs and educates policymakers on issues that are important to the future of Arizona’s technology community…