2015 Advocacy Agenda

We are advocating on your behalf to advance an agenda that seeks to improve the region’s business climate and competitiveness in four critical areas:

legislative agenda 2015

Talent:

  • K-12 Education Innovation Promote educational innovation, with a focus on expansion of charter schools, enhanced school turnaround powers, and STEM initiatives.
  • Internship Initiative – Expand the Chamber-Federal Reserve Bank of Boston partnership that promotes talent retention through internships.
  • Skills Gap – Community Colleges – Close the skills gap by working with state, business, and education leaders to strengthen the impact of, and support for, the state’s community colleges.

Innovation and Growth:

  • Entrepreneurial Freedom – Reform the state’s independent contractor laws, to promote startups and increase flexibility for firms that work with them..
  • Research Funding – Lead “Business for Federal Research Funding”, a nationwide coalition working to strengthen the research funding that drives innovation in universities, hospitals, and technology companies.
  • Financial Services – Promote the growth of the financial services industry, working with the new state Financial Services Advisory Council, via regulatory reform, pro-competitive legislation, and promotion of Massachusetts as a center for financial services.

Cost Competiveness:

  • Business Tax Reform – Make the Commonwealth’s business tax code more competitive, via repeal of the balance sheet (inventory) tax and other reforms that promote growth of companies, jobs, and revenues.
  • Health Care – Make Massachusetts health care costs more competitive, while preserving the state’s leadership role in research and innovation.
  • Energy – Make state energy costs more competitive and ensure a diverse energy portfolio. Options include more efficient renewables, expanded hydroelectric power, and gas infrastructure upgrades..

Infrastructure and Investment:

  • Regulatory Reform – Secure regulatory reform to implement smart permitting principles across agencies, including enforceable deadlines, simultaneous agencies review, and timetables that are both clear and predictable.
  • Transportation Innovation Support innovations such as new public/private partnerships, South Station expansion, and additional direct flights between Boston and international capitals.
  • Regional Job Growth – Advance incentives that promote job creation region-by-region across the state, to promote growth throughout Massachusetts and accelerate the revival of gateway cities.

The Chamber will collaborate with government leaders, Chamber member companies, and other business groups to accomplish these goals on behalf of its 1,500 members.