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The Countdown to Obama Care: Are you ready?


Added on: August 23, 2013

The Affordable Health Care Act (sometimes referred as “Obama Care”) was ratified by Congress and validated by the Supreme Court.  Regardless of your politics, it seems inevitable that the law will be fully implemented in 2014. The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure you are sufficiently prepared.  It is worth noting that any health care, insurance, legal or accounting issues should be addressed by a professional.  If you are in need of a health care, insurance, legal or accounting professional, please contact us directly, and we will supply you with a list of chamber members. You can also find Chamebr Members under our Business Directory within the website.

The information provided below is not in any way intended to be construed as professional advice on this topic but is only being provided to help supplement members current understanding of the requirements that will be placed on them under the law and to help members determine what kind of professional advice they need to seek based on their own determination of their particular business situation.

Information:

-Employers covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide an “exchange notice” to employees no later than October 1, 2013

Click here (http://www.shrm.org/TemplatesTools/hrqa/Pages/HealthCareExchanges.aspx) to learn about the exchange notice and the exchange notice requirement.

-Any waiting period longer than 90 days will be prohibited. 

Click here (http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/benefits/articles/pages/ppaca-full-time-employees.aspx) for more information. 

-General Health Insurance Information – healthcare.gov

-Tax Benefits and Responsibilities – irs.gov/aca

-Small Business Resources – sba.gov/healthcare

-Legal Guidance – Labor Provisions – dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform

-US Government Business Portal – business.usa.gov/healthcare

-A Health Insurance Subsidy Calculator, Frequently Asked Questions and Latest Updates - http://kff.org/health-reform/

-A “YouTube” Video on Health Care Reform - http://kff.org/health-reform/video/youtoons-obamacare-video/

 



Upstate Business Advocacy Return on Investment for Greer


Added on: July 31, 2013

More Information >> http://greerchamber.com/pdf/2013_ADVOCACY_ROI_UCC.pdf



SC DOT lists 7 projects for new road money


Added on: July 24, 2013

More Information >> http://www.thestate.com/2013/07/23/2877091/sc-dot-lists-7-projects-for-new.html



Angel Investment Tax Credits: SC at a Disadvantage


Added on: July 19, 2013

More Information >> http://www.greenvillebusinessmag.com/View-Article/ArticleID/1357/Angel-Investment-Tax-Credits.aspx



South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads Report


Added on: July 1, 2013

Legislature and Governor respond to Coalition’s Effort to Provide Highway and Infrastructure Funding

The House and Senate Adopted the Conferees reports on Highway and Infrastructure funding, H 3360 ,  and the General Appropriation’s provision’s related to funding last week and the Governor on Monday, June 24, 2013 held a press conference at the S. C. Chamber of Commerce to announce her decision to sign the enabling legislation for a $50 million recurring legislation that would allow up to $500 million in  bonding.  That bill also included  transfer of vehicle sales tax recurring revenue of $41.4 million that will be used for Non-Federal Aid Highway Fund (rural roads which do not qualify for federal aid) to be used exclusively for highway, road, and bridge maintenance.  and up to $50 million dollars in funding for bridges which is included in the General Appropriations bill.

The total funding approved by the S. C. General Assembly and the Governor was a major step forward and total funding including bonding will total approximately $591 million. 

The primary Highway Funding legislation, H 3412, was stalled by efforts to push Ethic’s reform, and the inability to get the legislation set for special order in the Senate.  H 3412 will remain on the Senate Calendar and we expect to see action on that legislation early next year.  Senator Ray Cleary, R., has vowed to continue to pursue passage of this important highway funding legislation. 

We need to express a great deal of appreciation to the members of the House and Senate for agreeing to these funding proposals and the Governor for agreeing to sign the legislation.  There are several members who made a big difference in the development of the legislation and working the proposal through the budget process, specifically Senator Hugh Leatherman, Senator Nikki Setzler, Senator Harvey Peeler, and Senator Larry Grooms.  House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White led the effort in the House and during the House and Senate Conferee debate. We also need to say a special thanks to the members of the Senate Finance Subcommittee, Chairman Senator Ray Cleary,( R).,  Senator’s Paul Campbell,( R), Joel Lourie, (D)., Thomas Alexander, R., Yancy McGill, (D). and Senator Darrell Jackson, (D),  that held hearings and developed the funding proposals that were included in H 3412. 

The South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads is pleased with the progress that has been made this year.  We are especially appreciative of the efforts made by Coalition members including S. C. Trucking Association, S. C. Chamber of Commerce, Palmetto Agr-Business, AGC, S. C. Farm Bureau, S. C. Forestry Association and the S. C. Manufacturing Alliance.  We also need to say a special thanks to the members of the S. C. Alliance to Fix Our Roads who responded to the our request for assistance and to our Board of Directors.  We were also provided tremendous assistance by S. C. Department of Transportation staff.

We should all be pleased with the success that we have had this session.  The awareness of the need for increased Highway and Infrastructure funding  is greater than it has been for many years.  There is greater support from the media, and significant awareness of our growing needs by legislative members, and the Governor.  The effort is moving forward and the legislative pressure and education of the public, is going to be even more important  to continue to obtain the needed funding for our state’s highway system.

 



2013 Legislative Session Overview


Added on: July 1, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/2013-legislative-review.php



Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Opposes Tax Increase on Business


Added on: June 18, 2013

More Information >> http://greerchamber.com/graphics//Letter_to_County_Council_-_Rec_Issue_PDF.pdf



Highlights of Immigration Reform prepared by Senator Graham?s office


Added on: June 12, 2013

More Information >> http://greerchamber.com/pdf/Highlights_of_Immigration_Reform__Short_Summary__Volume_II.pdf



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: June 10, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-6713.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: June 3, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-53113.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: May 28, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-52413.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: May 20, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-51713.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: May 13, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-51013.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: May 6, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-5313.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: April 26, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-42613.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: April 22, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-41913.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: April 15, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-41213.php



Competitiveness Update


Added on: April 15, 2013

More Information >> http://southcarolinasccoc.weblinkconnect.com/CWT/EXTERNAL/WCPAGES/DOCS/CU_4-12-2013.PDF



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: March 23, 2013

More Information >> https://mail.greerchamber.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=7kyJTXwUFkORjSlP9MC2CWvvXPEp-89IBbnWVLbbDj1APaiks9thQXFEU6la69IT6KuBZ4DJaWE.&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.upstatechamber.org%2fweekly-update-32213.php



Competitiveness Update


Added on: March 23, 2013

More Information >> http://southcarolinasccoc.weblinkconnect.com/CWT/EXTERNAL/WCPAGES/DOCS/CU_3-22-2013.PDF



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: March 18, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: March 11, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-3813.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: March 4, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-3113.php.



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: February 25, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-22213.php



Road Map to the Future


Added on: February 25, 2013

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously at their February 14 Board of Directors Meeting to approve The Road Map to the Future document addressing South Carolina’s infrastructure needs. This plan details a three-prong approach to present before the SC General Assembly calling for critically important widening projects to interstates, fixing load restricted and deficient bridges and resurfacing existing roadways.

The recommendations to the General Assembly from this plan are as follows:

1.       Dedicate 20% of new general fund revenue
2.       Dedicate capital reserve funds
3.       Re-direct existing vehicle related revenue

 “The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, along with 10 civic and business organizations, stands united in our support of the Road Map to the Future proposals,” states Donna O. Smith, who serves as Vice-Chairman of Legislative Affairs for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee.  “The volume of traffic on our state’s roads continues to increase while maintenance and new construction declines.  This isn’t sustainable and will hinder economic development, and that is precisely why the Chamber’s Board unanimously adopted these recommendations.” 

To view a copy of Road Map to the Future, please click here



Upstate Healthcare Summit


Added on: February 20, 2013 @ 9:30 AM

More Information >> http://greerchamber.com/pdf/medicaid_expansion_summit.pdf



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: February 18, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-21513.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: February 11, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/2813-weekly-update.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: February 4, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-2113.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: January 28, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-12513.php



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: January 21, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-11813.php



SC Chamber of Commerce Competitiveness Update


Added on: January 21, 2013

More Information >> http://www.scchamber.net/UserFiles/scchcom/Documents/Advocacy/Competitiveness%20Update/2013/CU_1-18-2013Web.pdf



Leatherman Bill to Assist Angel Investors


Added on: January 21, 2013

More Information >> https://www.columbiabusinessreport.com/news/46473-tax-credit-bill-aims-to-boost-high-growth-businesses



Update from Upstate Chamber Coalition


Added on: January 15, 2013

More Information >> http://www.upstatechamber.org/weekly-update-11113.php



2013 SC Legislative Preview


Added on: January 11, 2013

 

 The 2013 South Carolina legislative session is shaping up to be an interesting one with several high-profile issues on the table and many new faces in the State House. The 2012 elections have given the General Assembly quite a makeover as we will see 10 new members in the SC Senate, and 20 new members in the SC House of Representatives. 

As in years past, priorities can change with the wind at the State House. For now, there are several issues that are expected to be at the forefront of debate during the 2013 session, including: 

  • Economic Development – Look for legislation providing incentives to attract private capital for start-up companies, and initiatives to improve the civil litigation climate in SC to surface during this session. 

 

  • Election Reform – After last year’s election cycle where over 200 candidates were kicked off of the ballot, we can expect the legislature to make some changes in our state’s election laws regarding the candidate filing process. 

 

  • Ethics Reform – In addition to the Governor’s newly formed SC Ethics Reform Commission, both the House and Senate are working on their own ethics reform proposals. Legislators point out that it has been nearly 20 years since they last passed ethics reform legislation. One of the largest changes is the widespread adoption of email and other technologies that weren’t widely used in the early 1990s. 

 

  • Government Restructuring – During the past two years, the General Assembly has spent time debating a Department of Administration bill, but has failed to agree upon legislation in both Chambers. This has been one of Governor Haley’s priorities since taking office, so expect it to be debated again this year. 

 

  •  Infrastructure Funding – This is fast becoming the state business community’s top priority for 2013. SC spends an average of $15,000 per mile on its roads, while Georgia spends $35,000 per mile, and North Carolina spends more than $150,000. We have not seen a dedicated revenue increase for our state’s infrastructure since 1987. With SC’s population increasing, tourism increasing, and the SC Ports Authority expecting port volumes to double to more than two million containers by 2025, now is the time to act. 

 

  • Medicaid Expansion –The June decision by the US Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has allowed states to decide if they want to expand their Medicaid rolls. The expansion of Medicaid would force SC to cover all people ages 18-64 whose income is up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $15,000 annually. Governor Haley has already said that SC won’t accept the expansion, but this is sure to be a hot topic of debate during the state budget process. According to SC Department of Health and Human Service Director Anthony Keck, the best estimate is that 510,000 additional South Carolinians would enroll in Medicaid if the expansion is accepted. The federal government would pay for 100% of the cost for the expansion from 2014-2016, with SC paying a portion of the cost in 2017 and beyond. 

 

  • Security Breach – With this fall’s data security breach, Majority Leader Bannister of Greenville is chairing an investigative committee to see how this happened and how we insure it doesn’t happen again. Some legislative action may be taken to expand the free credit monitoring service for all SC tax payers beyond one year. 

 

  • State Budget – Last year, the General Assembly passed a $6.7 billion general fund budget, and legislators had the luxury of deciding how to spend a large surplus. They did several positive things with the surplus dollars, including fully funding the estimated amount of state and federal dollars to dredge the Port of Charleston ($300 million). This year’s projections don’t look as bright thus far in terms of a surplus, so expect more debate on where to allocate dollars and how funds should be used. 

 

  • Tax Reform – The General Assembly began to discuss comprehensive tax reform last year, but with the exception of a reduction in a tax rate for small businesses, not a lot of action was taken. Business properties pay the seventh highest property taxes and SC manufacturers currently pay the highest industrial property taxes in the nation. Look for the debate and discussion to continue this session. 

 

  • Workforce Development – The General Assembly realizes that developing a highly-skilled and well-educated workforce is critical to increasing job opportunities for SC citizens. This may be a hot topic in 2013. Taking programs such as WorkKeys statewide and fully funding ReadySC and Smart State are critical. At the early childhood education level, First Steps will be up for reauthorization in 2013. 


Transportation Infrastructure Task Force Releases Final Report


Added on: January 11, 2013

Transportation Infrastructure Task Force Releases Final Report on South Carolina's Needs and Options

This report is based on a year-long effort by the Transportation Infrastructure Task Force, a diverse group of transportation professionals and private citizens from across the state of South Carolina. It was sanctioned, reviewed and approved by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission. The Task Force was chaired by Craig Forrest, Vice Chairman of the SCDOT Commission who also represented the Commission in this study.

 

Report can be found here.



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