Legislative Priorities

2015 Legislative Priorities

Repairing Our Aging Infrastructure

Our infrastructure is vital for the future of our economy and our quality of life, and infrastructure is a clear core function of government. This is our top priority for the 2015-2016 legislative session.

The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce will work to:

  • Find a stable and recurring revenue stream to meet our infrastructure needs
  • Extend the priority system for infrastructure maintenance
  • Pressure Congress and state officials on deepening the Port of Charleston 


Educate the Workforce

The Upstate’s manufacturing sector is leading our state in the creation of new, high-quality, high-paying jobs, but we have challenges in supplying the trained workers companies demand.

The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce supports:

  • Expanding our nationally recognized apprenticeship programs
  • Reforming the Education Finance Act so school districts can better meet local needs
  • Strengthening higher education and work-readiness programs
  • Providing adequate funding for K-12 & higher Education institutions


Promote Entrepreneurial/Small Business-Friendly Legislation

While we strongly support efforts to lure major companies to establish operations in our state, the true path to sustained job creation and economic success is to support high-impact entrepreneurship and small business growth.

The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce supports:

  • Stable funding for the Commerce Department’s Office of Innovation
  • Lower business costs through comprehensive tax reform
  • A strong solution to strengthen our Unemployment Insurance safety net while relieving the burden on small business
  • Reduce or eliminate regulatory policies that impact the cost of doing business in SC


Ensure Good Governance

A streamlined, efficient government that has the trust of the people is vital for the success of a free-market economy.

The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce supports: 

  • A strong ethics reform package
  • Regulatory reform through either a sunset provision on new regulations or an up-or-down vote on new regulations by the General Assembly
  • Support for restoring funding to local governments