Legislative Advocacy & Government Relations

The Chamber & CREDC strives to keep members informed on relevant policy issues. We proactively take action to influence public policy for business growth at local, state and federal levels.

Through legislative priorities, policy advocacy, position statements and committees, the Chamber & CREDC supports legislation and policy that will sustain and grow business in our region.

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC represents the interests of 1,000 businesses employing 110,000 people across Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Through input and feedback from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber membership, the Government Relations Committee has developed the following list of updated and working legislative priorities for the current legislative session.

Legislative Priorities

Education & Workforce Development Issues

Support and advance collaborative initiatives and relationships with community partners to connect education and business to promote lifelong learning. Also, provide leadership in exploring and supporting initiatives to enhance the quality of programs, curriculum, assessment, etc. in order to promote success in schools and to address the skills gap.

Environmental and Energy Issues

Advocate for a reduction of regulatory burdens and the streamlining of processes, including permitting, by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; encourage them to work with local communities and economic development corporations in order to provide impetus to further the reuse of brownfield sites and contribute to a jobs-growing economy. Also, advocate for the effective and fair implementation of regulatory changes proposed at state and/or federal level.

General Governance Issues

Advocate for comprehensive state, municipal, and school district pension reform. Additionally, advance the mission of the Coalition for Sustainable Communities in helping solve fiscal issues in Pennsylvania cities, including but not limited to: (1) pensions; (2) binding arbitration; (3) economic development; (4) easier methods of municipal merger and consolidation; and (5) revenue enhancement options following the reform of state mandates and restrictions.

Government Regulation

Evaluate and act where appropriate on proposals for regulatory reform at the local, state and federal levels.

Health-related Issues

Continue to assess and comment on the implementation of the proposed changes to the Affordable Healthcare Act to help ensure employers’ costs are controlled and employees receive a high level of quality care. Additionally, promote reforms that stabilize the medical malpractice insurance marketplace and foster stability in the medical community.

Labor Issues

Advocate that businesses be relieved of outdated and unfair regulations that address abuses and provide for an impartial work environment for both employees and employers. This includes reasonable reform of Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage law, unemployment compensation system, and Pennsylvania’s image from a workforce perspective.

Local Government Issues

Monitor local and county government issues impacting the small business community and provide feedback and policy recommendation where necessary.

Tax Issues

Support and promote comprehensive tax reforms that stimulate economic development and ultimately increase Pennsylvania’s competitive advantage both domestically and abroad as well as improve efficiency for local governments. Specifically advocate for the elimination of the cap on Net Operating Losses and the lowering of the Corporate Net Income Tax rate.

Transportation & Infrastructure Issues

Monitor, promote, and advocate for a modernized, multi-modal transportation and infrastructure system that provides for the safe and efficient mobility of products, services, and people in order to grow the economy, increase regional and Pennsylvania competitiveness, and create jobs.

Utility Infrastructure

Monitor, promote, and advocate legislative and regulatory initiatives for modernized utility infrastructure systems to provide for the safe and efficient mobility of electricity, gas, sewer, water, and telecommunications, as these utilities are critical for business growth in the region.

Civil Justice Reform

Support and promote efforts to improve the Commonwealth’s civil justice system and tort climate by elevating awareness of key liability challenges and advocating for legal reform in the General Assembly and the Courts to enhance economic and social opportunities and the state and region’s economic competitiveness.

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ABOUT OUR Political Action Committee

Learn about our Political Action Committee, supported by contributions from individuals in the business community and other political action committees. To learn more or donate, contact Taylour Trostle at ttrostle@hbgrc.org or 717-213-5041.