Each year, we set our priorities based on what our members believe is in the best interest of South Carolina’s job creators and workers. As regular session comes to an end, we are pleased to see that the General Assembly has recognized the concerns of the business community. We applaud our members for a successful year and we look forward to continue working with legislators next year to improve South Carolina and make the Palmetto State the best place in the country to live and work.
Before the start of session, the Chamber released a Competitiveness Agenda indicating the things the business community believes are critical to improving our state’s business climate. Two of our most pressing issues this year were DOT reform and funding to improve our infrastructure and passage of H.4145 and funding for Certified Workready Communities to bolster our state’s workforce. As session comes to an end, we are pleased to see that the General Assembly recognized the concerns of the business community by addressing both our roads and our workforce needs.
In addition, the shortening of the legislative session was of great interest to the business community so as to allow professionals from a variety of backgrounds to seek elected office and to compel the General Assembly to be more efficient. Finally, the business community believes that our veterans and our farmers deserve our full support. We were proud to support H.3147 to ensure that some of our best and brightest in the armed forces call South Carolina home after they have retired, helping to build a skilled workforce in our state. We were also proud to support H.4717 in order to give much needed aid to our farmers who were devastated by the floods. Both of these bills had strong opposition and were KeyVoted by the Chamber to show our support.
S. 1258 Roads reform and funding
H. 4145 Coordinating Council For Workforce Development
Budget Line Item: Certified Workready Communities
H. 4717 Aid for our farmers following the devastating flood
S. 267 Shortened Legislative Session
H. 3147 Military Retirees Tax Relief
In addition to our Competitiveness Agenda item successes, there were a number of anti-jobs bills that the Chamber played a critical role in stopping. These bills included initiatives to repeal South Carolina’s Right to Work Status at a time when South Carolina is creating jobs at record pace as the least unionized state in the country. The Chamber also played a role in helping to block an arbitrary minimum wage increase that is sure to put hardworking South Carolinians out of work. And finally, the Chamber took a firm stand against S.1203, Senator Lee Bright’s bill aimed at reaching government into private business, and a bill that has proven to have devastating consequences for the business ecosystem of neighboring states that have adopted or considered similar legislation.
H.4555 A bill that would have repealed South Carolina’s right to work status
S.1203 Government overreach bill telling private businesses how to run their business.
S.938 State level minimum wage increase
The Chamber will continue to be active on issues that are critical to the future of our state. We appreciate our members being engaged on these issues, your voice as part of the voice of the business community has made an impact.
Sincerely, Ted Pitts
President & CEO
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce