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2019 Legislative Policy Summary

 

This document states the legislative intent of the Chamber. However, each piece of legislation will be evaluated as to whether or not it addresses the issue sufficiently to warrant endorsement. In some cases, opposition to a given piece of legislation may be the result.

Commerce, Industry, Transportation, Energy, & Economic Development

Legislation and regulation that promote a healthy business climate to protect existing business and to promote economic development are critical to the success, retention, growth of businesses and jobs, and to generating the tax revenues necessary to provide quality education and needed government services.

  • Transportation: Our Chamber supports a further increase in stable transportation funding using a progressive, graduated and broad-based approach to provide the needed dollars to build, repair and maintain our highways and infrastructure.
  • Energy: We support the aggressive development of hydropower, nuclear energy, fossil fuels, clean coal, wind, solar, geothermal, and other sources in an environmentally responsible manner, while minimizing legislative and regulatory obstacles, to meet the growing energy needs of Idaho.
  • Economic Development: The Chamber Supports the objectives of the Idaho Workforce Development Council. The Chamber supports the continuation of TIF/Urban Renewal Districts, the elimination of business personal property taxes, the research, storage and clean-up activities of the Idaho National Laboratory, and the research and medical mission of Idaho State University, as well as other research conducted by Idaho universities in Southeastern Idaho that benefit economic development.
  • Regulation: We advocate the minimization of current and future legislative and regulatory rules that become (1) obstacles to responsible growth, (2) platforms for near-endless legal challenges, and/or (3) impediments to current and future business development.
  • Liquor Licenses: We support legislation that improves access to liquor licenses for restaurants while working to maintain the value of legacy licenses.

Taxes

The Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce recognizes the need to have a fair and equitable tax code that enhances the business climate in Idaho while maintaining critical services for its citizens.

  • We support the gradual phase-out of the business personal property tax with provision for ongoing incremental replacement of lost revenue to local units of government and school districts tied to growth in state general revenue funds.
  • We support scheduled periodic reviews of existing sales tax exemptions. These exemptions should be analyzed to determine if they are achieving their purpose and determining whether they should continue
  • We believe that Idaho should continue to consider sales tax exemptions for equipment to ensure competitiveness. This would include our support for the elimination of sales tax on data center equipment.
  • We support a legislative mandate to the Idaho Tax Commission to require sales tax to be reported in the county in which the sale occurred.
  • We oppose any tax adjustment that would shift the burden to business.

Education

Investment in a well-educated and trainable workforce is critical to the success and growth of business in Idaho. Funding education, both to meet the needs for qualified teachers and to assure quality education for our children and safety in our schools must be a high priority.

  • Reduce the burden of unfunded/underfunded mandates on schools
  • Continue to fund the final year of the K-12 career ladder and support additional funding to attract and retain support staff, support the academic success of all students and support additional counselors.
  • Support funding and other measures that increase safety in public schools.
  • Support the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force for Workforce Development as it relates to K-12 Education, Career & Technical Education and Advanced Opportunities.
  • Support initiatives to increase the “Go On Rate” in Idaho.
  • Support preschool funding without impacting current and future K-12 funding.
  • Support equitable funding of Idaho State University; which is critical to ensure access and opportunity for our citizens and business.
  • Support Idaho State University’s Health Professions mission and training, including Family Medicine Residency Program and Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • We support the transfer of 10 million in appropriated funding from the Gail Life Sciences Building to the EAMES Complex.

Health Care

A healthy, productive workforce is essential for business success. Robust health care education, an adequate array of health care providers, and access to essential care are all necessary. This contributes significantly to the economic vitality and sustainability of the community.

  • Support the appropriation of ongoing funding for a Behavioral Health Crisis Center in Southeast Idaho.
  • Support efforts to expand comprehensive health coverage to 62,000 uninsured.
  • Support Medicaid Expansion – That the legislature will uphold the will of the people on Medicaid Expansion.
  • Continue seeking long term solutions to critical health care issues; such as, provider shortages, coordination of the health care system, and improving healthy lifestyle strategies.

 

 

Legislative Blog

From Matt Hunter, CEO and President

Week 7 February 28, 2019

Pocatello Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Legislative Blog Week 7 - February 28, 2019 We continue to have great participation from our committee on attendance and 4 of our 6 legislators on the call again this week.  We began with a review from our sub committees....

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Week 6 February 21, 2019

Pocatello Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Legislative Blog Week 6 - February 21, 2019 We continue to have great participation from our committee on attendance and 4 of our 6 legislators on the call again this week.  We began with a review from our sub committees....

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Week 5 February 14, 2019

Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Legislative Blog Week 5 - February 14, 2019 We continue to have great participation from our committee on attendance and 5 of our 6 legislators on the call again this week.  We began with a review from our sub committees....

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Week 4 February 7, 2019

Week 4 - February 7, 2019 Pocatello Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Legislative Blog For our week 4 meeting we had a great crowd of folks in attendance and 5 of our 6 legislators on the call.  We began the meeting with a briefing on our Chamber Day at the...

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Week 3 January 31, 2019

Pocatello Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Legislative Blog Week 3 - January 31, 2019 For our week 3 meeting we had a great crowd of folks in attendance and 5 of our 6 legislators on the call. Neither of our committees met but we did have some discussion on a few...

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Week 2 January 24, 2019

With the Idaho Legislative Session getting started our Legislative Council had their weekly meeting and their first call with Legislators.  As always, we heard from our Two sub-committee chairs to start the meeting.  The Tax & Commerce committee did not...

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Week 1 January 17, 2019

With the Idaho Legislative Session getting started our Legislative Council had their first meeting of the year.  As always, we heard from our Two sub-committee chairs to start the meeting. The Tax & Commerce committee went first with Arlen Wittrock the Chair...

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