Priorities

Legislative Priorities

2014 Legislative Priorities

Spartanburg Area Chamber
2014 Legislative Agenda

Economic Development

The Chamber is an advocate of developing and implementing comprehensive statewide economic development plan that focuses on creating jobs of the future, business retention, and incentives for high-growth companies. 

The Chamber supports: 

  • Incentives to support existing business growth and new company attraction  
  • Incentives to attract private capital for promising start-ups while putting S.C. on an even, competitive footing with our neighboring states
  • Continued port expansion, including harbor deepening and inland port projects
  • Dedicated funding and stable revenue for state road maintenance and repair 
  • Increasing investment in Upstate roads and bridges, specifically I-85 and I-26
  • Adequate state funding for Upstate tourism
  • Adopting initiatives to improve South Carolina’s civil litigation climate                                               
  • Achieving business-friendly, comprehensive tax reform by modernizing the state’s tax code
  • Advocating for business attraction, retention and entrepreneurial systems

Education and Workforce Development 

The Chamber believes that life-long education is a driver of economic development. By striving to create a skilled workforce that has the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of businesses, education will become the dynamic force behind business in the Upstate.

The Chamber supports:

  • Initiatives that will help to increase early childhood education and graduation rates, thus providing a more skilled workforce for business and industry in SC
  • Adequate funding for programs such as WorkKeys and ReadySC to educate and train SC’s workforce
  • Initiatives that will help to increase the number of individuals entering and completing post-secondary training or education
  • Legislation that provides stable, equitable, and adequate K-12 funding
  • Enhancing career exposure to help high school students to align their career expectations with the actual job market
  • Funding USC Upstate at an equitable level compared to other state schools 

Energy and Environment

The Chamber understands that steps need to be taken to ensure new, innovative ideas are being developed for energy use and consumption that can be utilized without causing unnecessary harm to the environment.

The Chamber supports:

  • Initiatives to insure compliance with EPA air quality standards that promote development without compromising quality of life 
  • Current and future nuclear power facilities while focusing on offshore wind-power and drilling opportunities 

Healthcare

The Chamber recognizes that health insurance access and affordability continues to be an issue for businesses throughout the state, especially small businesses.

The Chamber supports: 

  • Initiatives to ensure healthcare is affordable for small business
  • Continuing to monitor and gather information as it relates to federal Medicaid expansion.

Regulatory Reform

The Chamber recognizes that regulatory policies have a massive impact on the cost and affordability of doing business in South Carolina and the Upstate.

The Chamber supports:  

  • Streamlining and combining of agencies and different departments within the state to improve government efficiency
  • Continued efforts to ensure S.C. remains a right to work state
  • Continued repayment of federal UI loan while providing adequate relief to all SC businesses

This Legislative Agenda is driven by results from a membership-wide survey and reflects the Spartanburg business community’s 2014 legislative priorities.

 

Document Download: 2014 Legislative Agenda.PDF