Greer Chamber Announces 2007 Legislative Agenda
October 5, 2006
(GREER, SC) October 5, 2006 The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors today approved the Greer Chamber’s initial 2007 Legislative Agenda in preparation for the General Assembly, which will convene in January.
The following issues are included in the 2007 Legislative Agenda:
• Workers’ Compensation Reform: Workers’ Compensation rates have increased in double-digits over the last three years, whereas neighboring states have only seen small incremental changes. These increases cost jobs and increased benefits as well as inhibit the per capita income from increasing.
The Greer Chamber Board of Directors voted to support Workers’ Compensation Reform, as it will stabilize the Workers’ Compensation system and make it more predictable.
• Affordable Health Insurance for Small Businesses: Small businesses often are not afforded competitive health insurance rates because of a number of factors, including their size and perceived risk.
The Greer Chamber Board of Directors voted to support the formation of an Upstate-based blue-ribbon panel to determine opportunities to deal with small business health insurance costs legislatively.
• Economic Development Incentives: In a competitive world, South Carolina needs to continue doing its best to make sure businesses can flourish in the state. Those efforts are centered on assisting existing businesses, recruiting business, small business and nurturing entrepreneurs. The state can address this many ways, including passing legislation that will offer incentives (whether direct or indirect) to businesses that will increase their competitiveness.
The Greer Chamber Board of Directors voted to support Economic Development Incentives.
• Highway and Transportation Funding: In order for South Carolina businesses to flourish, roads must be efficient and safe. Furthermore, if South Carolina hopes to grow its business, it must have alternate modes of transportation to automobiles to move its people. Finally, to meet the needs of businesses that use the SC State Ports Authority, which is mostly generated from Upstate South Carolina businesses, the Ports need significant expansion – which expansion cannot happen without the completion of the access road.
The Greer Chamber Board of Directors voted to support funding for road maintenance and repair, supporting mass transit, including high speed rail, and funding for an access road that will connect the new SC State Ports Authority North Charleston expansion to the interstate.
• Education: South Carolina continues to rank near the bottom nationally regarding SAT scores and graduation rates, resulting in a workforce that often is untrained to meet the increasing demands of a changing business climate.
The Greer Chamber Board of Directors voted to support educational programs that will train the workforce to meet the needs of business and industry, such as in the funding of the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) and the Center for Accelerated Technology Transfer (CATT).
For additional information about the Chamber’s 2007 Legislative Agenda, contact John DeWorken, legislative liaison to the Greer Chamber, at 864-905-5529.
The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 565 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is "To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community." For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit www.greerchamber.com.