Our Legislative Agenda is developed by the Advocacy and Policy Committee and communicates the Chamber’s positions on issues at the state, local and federal levels of government. Working together with various legislative organizations helps promote public policy decisions that reflect the priorities of the region’s economy. Below is our stance on our economy’s pressing issues.

2020 STATE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

  • Ensure sufficient capacity and transparent, equitable distribution for COVID-19 testing and Personal Protection Equipment and safety protocols for all businesses and workers throughout the state, including Western North Carolina
  • Increase funding for the Golden Leaf Emergency Preparedness Loan program
  • Work with the federal government to increase funding and length of repayment periods for Economic Industry Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans
  • Remediate and improve access to Unemployment Insurance benefits
  • Provide tax credits or incentives to manufacturers and industry changing production to meet public health and safety needs to address Covid-19
  • Ensure Business Interruption Insurance and Gap Insurance policies cover claims related to COVID-19
  • Adequately address the influx of newly-uninsured individuals
  • Prioritize investment in workforce training and upskilling programs to prepare workers impacted by Covid-19 job loss to transition to new careers and available, in-demand jobs