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The Advocates: The Chamber’s 2018 Legislative Priorities
It’s a new year which means your Chamber advocacy team is gearing up for another season at the State House. The Legislature is set to open their session next Tuesday and we’ll be there, going to bat for business and working to advance priorities listed in our 2018 Legislative Agenda.
We expect an interesting session this year. Legislators have made it clear that the halted VC Summer nuclear project is a top priority and we expect that issue to dominate the early days, and possibly weeks, of session. Add in the state retirement system’s $24 billion unfunded liability, an ongoing ethics investigation and election year distractions and you have a recipe for a very busy General Assembly.
With those obstacles in mind, we restructured our 2018 Legislative Agenda. It features eleven priority issues we’ll actively work to pass this year and also includes additional competitiveness issues we hope the legislature will take up, but recognize may take longer to accomplish.
The Competitiveness Agenda items aren’t any less important. We just want to help our elected officials focus on an ambitious, but achievable, list of items. In the coming weeks, we’ll break down the agenda to explain why these issues are important to the business community and our region.
In the meantime, I hope you’ve already marked your calendar and purchased tickets for the Chamber’s annual Legislative Reception on Thursday, January 11, at 6 p.m. at the South Carolina Aquarium. Last year, more than 75 local, state and federal elected officials and hundreds of Chamber members from across the region and state attended this event.
No Advocates subscriber should miss the chance to visit with so many elected leaders in one place. Hope to see you next Thursday.
We hope you are staying warm in this wild winter weather we are having. Happy New Year!