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Tempe Chamber of Commerce Releases Election Endorsements

Posted on | October 12, 2016 | Comments Off on Tempe Chamber of Commerce Releases Election Endorsements

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has issued its endorsements on state and local measures which will be on the November 8 ballot.



The Tempe Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages a NO vote on Proposition 205. The proposition legalizes recreational marijuana in Arizona. The proposition negatively impacts business by potentially increasing workers compensation rates and creating a right to possess, transport, and use recreational marijuana.


The Tempe Chamber of Commerce encourages a NO vote on Proposition 206. The proposition increases the state minimum wage from $8.05 to $12.00 an hour by 2020. It continues to allow local governments to raise the minimum wage above state statute. Prop 206 also requires businesses to pay employees for medical leave.

“Voters should be extremely cautious when considering ballot measures,” said Vice President of Dorn Policy Group Eric Emmert. “Anything passed at the ballot is virtually unchangeable. While you may personally agree with a particular proposition, once passed it cannot be adjusted for changes in the economy or technological improvements.”


The Tempe Chamber encourages a YES vote on the five bond questions placed on the ballot by the City of Tempe. Approval of the bonds will fund water and sewer improvements, street improvements/storm drains, public safety, park improvements/community services and municipal infrastructure preservation purposes. The principal of the bonds is limited to $254,000,000. The Chamber believes these City infrastructure investments are needed.

During the Tempe Chamber’s endorsement process, information is gathered from multiple trusted sources. Recommendations are discussed by three Chamber committees, with the final determination of endorsements being made by its Board of Directors.  Endorsement are made to best meet the needs of the Tempe business community.


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