Public Policy Update
June 20, 2016
What People Are Talking About This Week
NC Senate and House Negotiate Tax Reform Provisions: Income Tax Cap, Proposed Tax Changes, Crowdfunding
Regulatory Reform Packages: Environmental, Farm Act, Wind Industry Limits, Online Legals Documents, Omnibus Regulatory Reform Legislation
Policy Changes in Transportation: Canceling I-77, Bicycle Safety
Certificate of Need Law Changes for Health Care Providers
To read more from Kerri Burke, senior vice president government relations, McGuire Woods Consulting, click here. The NCGA Legislative calendar and bill lookup for NC House and Senate are also available.
Charlotte City Council Adopts FY2017 Budget
Charlotte City Council adopted the $2.45 billion operating and capital budget for FY2017, which begins July 1. The city manager, mayor and council continued a strong focus on public safety and infrastructure. The budget includes no property tax increase, while adding more than 100 new police officers and firefighters, as well as advancing Charlotte’s 10-year Community Investment Plan (CIP).
To read more on CIP and other budget impacts such as the Cross Charlotte Trail, trash, water, sewer and the city's operating plan, click here.
NC DOT Update: Construction Resumes on Independence Boulevard
Construction resumed on the Independence Boulevard/U.S. 74 widening project after the former contractor defaulted in late January. Completion is now set for summer 2017.
To read more on project details, cost and updates, click here.
Shape The Future Chamber
The Charlotte Chamber is taking a serious look at shaking up the chamber model. Your answers to a few brief questions will help inform us through this process. We want to know what you think. Take the short survey, click here.
Manufacturers Council Names Mark Rohlinger Chair
The Charlotte Chamber Manufacturers Council has named Mark Rohlinger, director of technical operations, Charlotte Plant. With operations in more than 80 countries, Bosch Rexroth opened its first U.S. business in 1967. As of March 2014, the drive and control specialist employs approximately 1,900 people in the country. In 2015, Bosch Rexroth and the Bosch Community Fund initiated a founding grant of $80,000 in partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to create the Bosch Rexroth Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center at Olympic High School as part of their commitment to workforce development for the manufacturing industry in the region. We are excited that Mark will lend his expertise to the Manufacturers Council and look forward to his leadership.
Comprehensive Transportation Plan Overview
Wednesday, June 29, 8 a.m. the Transportation Committee will host Candice Leonard, PE, transportation planning engineer with Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, to present a draft of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). The CTP is a needs assessment plan that will be the source of projects to be advanced toward eventual funding in the Charlotte region. For additional information on CTP, click here.
To register, click here.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Exemptions Update
A specially called July Workplace and Business Topics committee meeting will host McNair attorney and NCSHRM government affairs director Jeremy Stephenson to discuss what employers need to know about the final rule on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemptions recently released by the Department of Labor.
Open to all chamber members. Click here to register.
Active Shooter Training Course
Thursday, August 11, 8:00 a.m. the Business and Workplace Topics Committee meeting will offer active shooter training. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department will present a training course on what to do in the case of an active shooter situation. Attendees will be taught the ABCs - Avoid, Barricade and Counter - and how best to assist first responders. Insightful and powerful, this two hour program will change the way you think as well as give you important skills to share with your co-workers. Open to all chamber members.
To register, click here.
SBA to Hold Enforcement Fairness Round table
The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting National Ombudsman Earl Gay for an opportunity to share concerns a about level regulatory playing field for small businesses. The round table will be in Greensboro on June 27. This will be the only roundtable held in North Carolina.
For more information, click here.