• Legislative Agenda

  • The Fayette Chamber of Commerce advocates for businesses primarily at the local level and, as needed, at the state and federal level.   The Chamber uses four pillars in considering positions on issues. 

    Pillar 1:  Maintain and grow opportunities for existing and future Fayette County businesses‚Äč

    • Maintain Fayette County’s reputation as a safe place to live and work.

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    Regional Business Coalition (RBC)

    • Support tax policies and other economic development tools that encourage investment in metro Atlanta and Georgia businesses, enhancing Georgia’s global competitiveness and creating more jobs for metro Atlanta and Georgia
    • RBC opposes legislative measures that would negatively impact our business climate, are discriminatory in nature or would harm our ability to create, attract, retain and expand jobs in Georgia.

    Georgia Chamber

    • Preserve employers’ ability to maintain a safe business environment for employees and consumers

     

    Pillar 2:  Reduce the cost of doing business

    • No positions at this time.

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    Regional Business Coalition (RBC)

    • Urge EPA to stay implementation of the Clean Power Plan until it is legally tested in court.
    • Oppose rule-making or new standards imposed by regulatory agencies that would treat Georgia utilities unfairly and force energy costs higher, therefore penalizing Georgia citizens, businesses, utilities and their customers.

    Georgia Chamber

    • Further streamline government regulatory processes and promote incentives for companies investing in critical infrastructure throughout the state
    • Promote policies that strengthen emerging and innovative industries and technologies that have potential to grow jobs and economic prosperity
    • Support ongoing examination of the current tax base, tax rates, tax incentives, and compliance requirements to ensure a Georgia business environment that is fair and competitive — not only for the state’s current businesses, but also for businesses considering relocating here
    • Preserve Georgia’s employment-at-will doctrine and strengthen the state’s right-to-work status
    • Support a state-led approach to ensure the viability of our health care system by improving access and affordability
    • Promote cost containment with respect to employer-sponsored health insurance
    • Continue to support, preserve, and strengthen Georgia’s legal climate
    • Improve balance in the state’s civil justice system by: creating a statewide business court to streamline complex civil litigation; modernizing rules of civil procedure for handling electronic discovery; limiting double recovery for non-existent medical expenses; and regulating the unsavory practice of third-party litigation financing

     

    Pillar 3:  Manage growth and support infrastructure improvements so that the marketability of the area is maintained and improved

    • Ongoing: Support the 74/I-85 exchange project, listed as project 0007841.  The project involves adding turn lanes at the ends of the exit ramps and widening the SR 74 bridge to include turn lanes. Two alternatives are proposed: Diverging Diamond Interchange and Partial cloverleaf interchange. Construction expected to begin in 2024 and the cost is estimated to be more than $60 million.

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    Regional Business Coalition

    • Support additional funding for critical transportation infrastructure
    • Support additional flexibility in how Georgia’s local governments fund their transportation infrastructure, including transit operation and expansions
    • Support investments in alternate forms of transportation to provide metro Atlanta commuters and residents a choice of transportation modes to meet their transportation needs
    • Support the continued management of our region’s water resources to meet the needs of metro Atlanta’s growing population and businesses.  Including support of review and updates to the laws and regulations that support: 
        - Funding to ensure adequate sources of clean water for metro Atlanta’s future growth and quality of life
        - Protection of downstream river flows when new or expanded water withdrawals occur, and the authority given to the Department of Natural Resources in the State Water Plan to review inter-basin transfer regulations when necessary
    • Support the appropriation of the full share of federal funding for SHEP in order that deepening can be completed without unnecessary delays and lost benefits
    • Support transit service coordination to address the needs of metro Atlanta transit riders and include appropriate representation of key stakeholders
    • RBC supports additional funding from the Georgia legislature, if needed, to complete the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.
    • RBC supports investments in alternate forms of transportation to provide metro Atlanta commuters and residents a choice of transportation modes to meet their needs.

    Georgia Chamber

    • Protect statewide access to sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy supplies
    • Enhance access to high-quality, affordable water supplies and ensure future water supply security for communities and businesses across the state
    • Support continued strategic investment of state funding into Georgia’s transportation network to promote economic growth and greater quality of life
    • Support efforts to expand Georgia’s capacity to transport freight through Georgia, as well as to end-market users in the state
    • Support strategic efforts to continue to develop Georgia’s network of public transportation and transit systems statewide


    Pillar 4:  Support policy that builds, attracts and retains a trained and trainable workforce

    • Ensure K-12, TCSG and USG institutions have sufficient funding to improve student outcomes.
      - Support the redesign of the QBE funding formula to be simpler, more transparent, indexed for inflation and has a “hold harmless provision” for the Fayette County school system and/or any other local school systems in the state. (no specific legislation in 2018)
      - Support local school systems’ autonomy and flexibility to control spending of state dollars. (no specific legislation in 2018)
      - Support the state’s “Move On When Ready” legislation and prioritization of consistent and adequate funding (for MOWR) so Fayette students can fully engage in post-secondary opportunities/training. (no specific legislation in 2018)
    • Support programs designed to develop the workforce of tomorrow.
      - Support policy and programs that retain and attract professionals to train the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high demand areas. (no specific legislation in 2018)
      - Review college and career-ready standards in K-16 public education to promote a more globally competitive workforce. (no specific legislation in 2018)

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    Georgia Chamber

    • Ensure Georgia continues to foster an educational and vocational ecosystem focused on developing, retaining, and attracting a more globally competitive workforce.
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