Arizona legislators make job growth a priority for state
Help likely for private sector to boost hiring
Business leaders are confident they will get some form of help.
Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, said, "We are very bullish that over the next session, and
probably earlier than later, there is going to be an opportunity to get a
landmark job package . . . to the governor's desk for her signature."
Details of a prospective job bill have yet to emerge, but it is
expected to be part of an economic-development package that will offer
business-tax reductions and other incentives to encourage companies to
remain here and expand, and to make the state more competitive in luring
firms from other states or countries.
"Assuming a job bill or economic-development package becomes law, job
seekers shouldn't expect quick results. Job ads won't increase suddenly
when a law takes effect. And people could lose their jobs in the interim
because of the expected steep state spending cuts this year."