Charlotte Chamber 2013-2014 Legislative Agenda

The Charlotte Chamber creates competitive advantage by growing the economy, advocating pro-business public policies and delivering innovative programs and services.

As the revenue and unemployment crises continue, it is more critical than ever that job creation remains central to the work of public and private entities.

Taxes

  • Support a process to modernize the NC tax code in an effort to stabilize revenues and enhance economic development efforts within a reasonable time period that would have a positive overall impact on business investments. Key factors: NC needs a competitive tax position; tax policy should avoid taxing investments and production; provide certainty; and, limit sales tax on business to business services.
  • Support reductions in the corporate and personal income tax rates.

Transportation

  • Retain and secure funding for the completion of major transportation projects in the Charlotte region including: I-485, the widening of I-485 South, the Monroe Bypass, the Garden Parkway and widening of I-77 North.
  • Support continued efforts to complete Charlotte’s public transportation vision.
  • Support efforts to enhance funding from existing transportation revenue sources (gas tax) through alternative methods for additional funding for roads and transit such as tolls, public private partnerships and design-build financing.
  • Support efforts to remove conflicts between NCDOT and local policies and regulations.

Job Creation

  • Support initiatives designed to attract and retain jobs and investment.
  • Support funding for the arts, travel and tourism and other things that make North Carolina attractive from an economic development perspective.
  • Support actions to ensure adequate supply of energy and promote regulatory tools to manage cost and rate impact to customers.
  • Support North Carolina’s Right to Work laws for private and public employees.
  • Support reform of North Carolina’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to address the state’s debt to the federal government, the long-term solvency of the Fund, and workforce training and retraining programs.
  • Support efforts to create the federal Health Care Exchange program to address affordability to business.
  • Support the continuation of a renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standard.

Regulatory Reform

  • Support continued efforts to reform NC’s laws and regulations to encourage economic growth.
  • Support the maintenance of a balanced civil liability system in North Carolina including the elimination of joint and several liability and the elimination of the collateral source rule.
  • Support annexation and extraterritorial jurisdiction laws that encourage municipalities to grow and prosper and that balance the interests of residential and business property owners within and adjacent to the affected areas.
  • Support zoning regulation reforms that would encourage commercial and residential growth.

Education

  • Support efforts to improve Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte including:
    • Support the funding of enrollment growth increases.
    • Support funding for a Data Science and Business Analytics Initiative and for planning funds for a Science Building at UNC Charlotte.
    • Support efforts to reform K-12, community colleges and universities to allow for flexibility in managing budget cuts with minimal impact on students as well as changes to state laws that limit a local education provider from recruiting, retraining, and promoting the best talent, as supported by Project L.I.F.T.
  • Support for the completion of the state’s financial commitment to Johnson & Wales University.