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Creating Opportunities for Arizonans

Dear Friend,

Last week we delivered our annual State of the District address to the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, where we unveiled our new Opportunity for Arizona plan. 

Everywhere we go we hear the same thing — what's happening in Washington? What can we expect? There's no clear answer. The truth is, we're in a time of great uncertainty: a time when playing political games is more important than finding solutions that help businesses, grow our economy, or support hardworking families. There is too much time spent fighting and finger pointing and too little time spent getting things done for hardworking families. 

That's why we've developed a commonsense, Arizona-focused plan to create good-paying jobs, strengthen our economy, and ensure businesses have every chance to succeed. Our Opportunity for Arizona plan focuses on three areas: competing in the new economy, fostering innovation, and growing a global workforce. 

Competing in the new economy starts with making sure there are clear, fair, rules for Arizona businesses. The current regulatory system is is inefficient, complicated, and confusing. That's why we led a bipartisan group of members to introduce the Regulatory Improvement Act—legislation which creates a framework for reviewing, modifying, and repealing the many layers of outdated regulations. 

Small businesses and startups are also burdened by unnecessary and costly regulations. Six days into the new Congress, the House of Representatives passed our bipartisan Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS Act), legislation to establish a clear path for startups to connect with angel investors through demo days. 

Arizona is a great place to start a business, that's why our plan is also focused on fostering innovation. We hear from almost every startup or small business we visit that they need more access to capital in order to grow, hire, and succeed. We introduced the Fostering Innovation Act, bipartisan legislation to allow emerging growth companies to spend valuable resources on product research and development instead of costly and unnecessary external audits.

Finally, our Opportunity in Arizona plan requires building a global workforce that meets the needs of the businesses of tomorrow. This means expanding STEM education, technical training, and funding for higher education to ensure Arizonans are prepared for the jobs of the future. 

If Congress puts the partisanship aside, we can be successful in competing in the new economy, fostering innovation, and growing a global workforce. Read more about our Opportunity for Arizona plan here

We are honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.

Sincerley,

Kyrsten

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