2017 Competitiveness Agenda...this Monday we released our Competitiveness Agenda. Our Agenda has three key components this year: finishing the job on infrastructure funding, filling the workforce pipeline, and cutting the red tape on business licensing. These issues impact the business community and your bottom line. We will continue to push the legislature to make these changes to keep South Carolina Business thriving.
2017 Legislative Session Begins as Gov. Haley Says Goodbye… It was a big week at the Statehouse as lawmakers from across the state made the trek to Columbia to begin tackling our state’s biggest issues Tuesday. Governor Haley also made her final State of the State address Wednesday evening. She highlighted the enormous economic growth South Carolina has seen during her tenure, “We have announced 85,613 jobs. We have seen $21.5 billion in capital investment. Our unemployment rate is now 4.4 percent. Every single one of our 46 counties has seen new jobs. Every one." Her impact on the state has been unparalleled, and her leadership will be greatly missed.
When Business Speaks Who Will Listen? Business Speaks is Wednesday and your voice and presence is needed to show the South Carolina business community is powerful and united! Business Speaks is the Chamber’s annual legislative session kick-off, including a staff-led statehouse tour, briefings with key S.C. Senate and S.C. House members, and a networking reception for attendees to meet and greet key legislators.
Who Will Be the Next Lieutenant Governor? The S.C. Supreme Court will decide whether the new governor can choose or if the Senate president pro tempore will assume the position. In 2014, voters approved a constitutional amendment that allows the governor and lieutenant governor to run on the same ticket starting in 2018. Now that Governor Haley is headed to the United Nations, it leaves uncertainty. Senator Tom Davis requested the Supreme Court take the case, and they accepted. They will hear arguments Jan. 18th at 2:30 pm.
Signing On...The S.C. Chamber has signed on to a letter to Congress urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Charles Schumer to urge the U.S. Senate to pass the Federal Regulatory Accountability Act. The legislation seeks to reform the regulatory process, making it more transparent for the American people and federal agencies more accountable in the rule-making process. It also ensures agencies use less costly regulations to achieve their goals. The RAA passed the House 238-183.
We thank you for your investment and support as we work to make South Carolina the best place in the nation to live, work and do business.