FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2009
Contact: Lucina Kress
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Arizona Chamber Highlights Member Participation In State Legislative Budget Summit
Business leaders will provide input on Arizona's budget shortfall
PHOENIX - This week, as part of the 49th Arizona Legislature's Budget Summit, Arizona Chamber businesses Wells Fargo, Motorola Inc., Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Inc., Rimrock Company, U.S. Airways, and Lee & Associates will participate in a Business Leaders Panel. On Wednesday January 14th, from 10am-12pm, at the Arizona State Capitol, each of these local businesses will weigh in on the state's budget deficit. The panel discussion will be moderated by Senate President Bob Burns (R-Peoria) and House Speaker Kirk Adams (R-Mesa).
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Vice President of Government Relations, Allison Bell, commented, "As Arizona's legislators reconvene to address the $1.5 billion dollar deficit for 2009, we're pleased they're seeking the input of the Arizona Chamber's Member businesses. Each has a compelling case that describes the effects of the economic downturn."
Craig Coppola of Lee & Associates added, "Now is the time to show the people of Arizona and businesses across the country that we can show financial prudence. We can cut expenses and balance our budget without raising taxes."
And, noting the budget as a matter of key importance to Arizona's future, Wells Fargo's Vice President of Government and Community Relations, David Howell, added, "We should not waste this chance for the private and public sectors to work together to address the immediate issue and to thoughtfully plan for the decades ahead."
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona's competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.