House amends Senate roads bill, State Chamber applauds progress… The #SCRoadsDebate continued on the House floor Wednesday as members voted to amend H.3579. The measure passed 113-6, sending the bill back to the Senate, which will decide whether to uphold the House proposal or convene a House-Senate panel to reach a compromise between the two.
Chamber President Ted Pitts released this statement following the House vote:
"The business community appreciates the work Speaker Lucas and the House have done over the last two years to reform DOT and to address our state’s long term infrastructure funding needs...As this legislation moves back to the Senate, we are reminded that there is still time to adopt a measure that provides at least $600 million in additional, sustainable revenue along with the reforms to the DOT and STIB this year."
ICYMI:Why are we still talking about this asks Ed Board? Senator Brights’s bill, S. 1203, was heard before the General Subcommittee this week. The Greenville News Editorial board penned an editorial Bathroom bill is bad idea with Chamber President, Ted Pitts, stating unequivocally that this bill will be bad for South Carolina business if it even gets out of Committee…
“What it could do is cause very real damage to South Carolina’s economy and its image. Ted Pitts, president and CEO of the state Chamber of Commerce, speaking with reporters and editors of The Greenville News on Wednesday said even if the bill simply makes it out of committee there could be damage to the South Carolina economy.”
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#KeyVoteAlert: State Chamber to score votes on H. 4717 and H.3147…
The Chamber announced plans this week to score Senate votes on two House bills for our annual Legislative Scorecard. Letters of notification were also delivered to each Senator.
H.4717 creates the South Carolina Farm Aid Fund to assist farmers who have suffered at least a forty percent loss of agricultural commodities as a result of a natural disaster. Agriculture is a foundation of our state’s economy, and the State Chamber supports passage of this legislation. Click here to see the Chamber’s full statement and letter to Senators on H.4717.
H.3147 phases out the state income tax liability on military retirement benefits. Exempting income taxes on military retiree benefits will bring more military retirees to South Carolina, bolstering our state’s workforce. The State Chamber supports passage of this legislation. Click here to see the Chamber’s full statement and letter to Senators on H.3147.