The Work We’ve Done.
I’m proud that I sponsored HB2368 and HB2519. Both bills were supported by the NFIB and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and its nearly 3000 members. HB2368 is a workers’ compensation omnibus bill. It creates a more stable average monthly wage index calculation; ensures that the lien rights of insurance carriers or self insured employers in workers compensation cases are not limited to situation where an employee is initially injured by the negligence of another person, but also when a worker further aggravates the injury due to the negligence of another person; and it requires the Industrial Commission of Arizona to develop and implement a process by December 31, 2014 for the appropriate use of evidence-based medical treatment guidelines for providers. Small businesses need a broader range of options from insurers, allowing them to offer reasonable, and affordable employee health care coverage.
HB2519 is an unemployment insurance omnibus bill. This reform bill will help businesses and the overall state budget by making individuals more accountable for the benefits they receive from unemployment insurance. For instance, individuals will be required to be looking for work at least 4 days of the 5-day work week; they’ll be required to make at least three work search contacts per week, as outlined in DES rules, and could potentially lose their UI benefits is they fail or refuse a pre-employment drug test, (the drug language testing in this bill has been pre-cleared by the U.S. Department of Labor).
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Karen Fann recently was awarded the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Sentinel Awards. The award honored Karen for her outstanding legislative and regulatory work on behalf of Arizona businesses. From left to right, State Representative Karen Fann, GPCC Vice President Michelle Bolton, State Representative Justin Olson and Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates.
The State last session State budget for voted in contains tax cuts for small businesses and individuals, which will stimulate Arizona’s economy. In addition, Bill HB2815 is designed to help employers increase business, which in turn helps create jobs. It also extends from 5 years for 20 years the allowable carry-forward for business net operating losses, which greatly benefits start-up companies. The Bill also created a study committee to evaluate our state’s Job Training Program. It also opens an existing tax credit program to more manufacturers that make significant capital investments.
SB1442 is authorizes the State Treasurer to make payments from the distribution base to a city, town or county to fund up to 80% of the costs related to public infrastructure improvements for the benefit of a manufacturing facility. This again will help to generate new jobs for industries and projects that will - in turn - yield additional revenues over time. New job creations for Arizonans must be targeted in such areas as infrastructure improvements, border control, education, public safety and renewable energy, to name a few. This will provide our taxpayers a return on the investment of these dollars, in addition to putting Arizonans back to work.
An important component of new job creation is helping small businesses to retain employees and add more jobs. They need some relief from overreaching government mandates, as well as tax incentives designed to help small businesses grow, thereby enabling them to hire more employees and further contribute to State revenues. In addition, so many small business owners would like to provide health care benefits for their employees. Unfortunately, far too many have had to drop or forego such employee benefits due to out-of-control health insurance costs. Small businesses need a broader range of options from insurers, allowing them to offer reasonable, and affordable employee health care coverage.
(Statistics above from Governor’s Executive Budget Status Report, 12/09.)