I had the opportunity this week to speak before the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce about the state of the Arizona economy and what’s happening in policymaking circles.
Later in my presentation I touched on immigration. To get a sense of how much the attendees knew about the issue, I asked how many of the people there had heard of S.B. 1070. Over 50 percent of the attendees raised their hands and the rest let out an audible groan.
I’ll freely admit that I did not anticipate the firestorm of controversy that sparked after the passage of S.B. 1070 last year. But a room full of Swedes knowing about our state’s immigration issues was a stunner.
The immigration bills the state Senate just rejected helped our state avoid a public relations black eye. Let’s continue to concentrate on passing legislation that highlights the good things about Arizona and helps grow our economy.