2014 CHAMBER LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WINS!
This year the Chamber was instrumental in several efforts to address the cost of doing business and reduce the regulatory burden in Kansas. We had significant wins in reducing the cost of unemployment insurance and making the state's unemployment insurance program more flexible for employers, expanding the state's tool box for economic development and allowing business to form groups to purchase health insurance.
In a tough and tight budget envoronment we maintained funding for the National institute for Aviation Research at WSU, the National Center for Aviation Training and the Kansas Affordable Airfares Program. In addition, we worked to begin the process of allowing the state to oversee work place safety (OSHA) instead of the federal government. We also helped pass legislation reforming the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals after hearing from our members that the court was broken and inefficient resulting in slow decisions and higher costs for Kansas employers.
2014 Chamber Legislative Agenda
Create a Better Business Environment that Promotes Investment, Innovation and Job Creation
State Budget – The Wichita Metro Chamber believes the State should practice fiscal discipline.
Taxation – The Wichita Metro Chamber believes in a fair and equitable system of taxation that promotes private sector growth and makes Kansas more competitive.
Investment-friendly Business Environment – The Wichita Metro Chamber believes a low-cost business environment is critical in order to be a competitive and attractive business destination.
Transportation – The Wichita Metro Chamber believes a strong transportation infrastructure is critical in developing and expanding commerce.
Environmental Resources – The Wichita Metro Chamber believes environmental management must take a balanced and reasonable approach that protects the environment without putting unnecessary burdens on business.
Education – The Wichita Metro Chamber believes a strong education system is vital in workforce and talent development.
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