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ChamberBuzz: 2016 Washington Night a Success!

2016 Washington Night a Success… On Wednesday, we held our annual Washington Night to connect the business community with our Congressional Delegation before they head back to D.C. A range of business-issues were covered, from transportation, the TPP social security, tax reform, the budget, our rising debt and national security. If you couldn’t attend, check out all the action in our Facebook photo album!

State Chamber Appoints Michelin’s Mike Williams to Coordinating Council for Workforce Development… The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce announced Mike Williams, Facility Personnel Manager at Michelin North America as its appointee to the Coordinating Council for Workforce Development. With the passage of H.4145 this session, the state’s first workforce coordinating council was created. Bringing together all of the state agencies that play a role in workforce development, the Council will plan and develop strategies to address businesses workforce needs. Click here to view our full release.

Speaker Jay Lucas Appoints House Tax Policy Review Committee… This week, Speaker Lucas appointed fourteen members of the SC House to serve on the House Tax Policy Review Committee.  This ad hoc committee will be responsible for reviewing South Carolina’s current tax code and submitting suggestions for reform to the Speaker before the beginning of next legislative session. Speaker Pro-Tempore Tommy Pope (District 47-York) will serve as Chairman. In explaining his decision to create the committee, Speaker Lucas said, “Achieving this difficult task is long overdue, but necessary to ensure our tax code is fair for our taxpayers. A broader and flatter tax code will help continue to spur job growth and provide greater opportunities for South Carolina families.” Click here to view his full release.

Chamber President Calls on Presidential Candidates to Release Plans to Fix our Debt Chamber President and CEO Ted Pitts penned an op-ed in The State last weekend urging Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to announce their plans to fix our rising national debt ahead of the November election: “By 2027, 100 percent of our federal taxes will go to interest payments on debt and other mandatory spending… That money would be better spent by the workers who earned it and businesses who could reinvest it to grow jobs…That’s why Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump must put forward their plans before the election to address this problem. Tackling our debt goes hand-in-hand with economic growth and job creation, and it’s the president’s duty to lead the country on these fronts.”

Click here to read Ted’s piece in full.

Is Your Company one of the South Carolina Top 100? Starting September 1, Grant Thornton will begin its survey of the largest privately held companies in South Carolina to create the 31st annual SC100 Rankings. This list celebrates the substantial impact of private companies in South Carolina and will be featured in our 2017 ASCEND Magazine. Click here for more info!

SCDEC to host Inclusion Works: An Employer Summit on Hiring Individuals with Disabilities… In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the SCDEC is hosting a free summit to empower business professionals to further consider how hiring more inclusively will benefit their organization. Register here!

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