2013 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. A framework of our 2013 Agenda includes:
Innovation: We will advance several key issues to help Greater Boston’s industries – both emerging and established – succeed in a global, knowledge-based economy.
- Skilled Worker Immigration – Work to increase the availability of temporary (H-1B) and permanent visas for skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and graduates, to improve the region’s access to talent from around the world.
- Financial Services – Strengthen the industry by advancing tax and regulatory policy, promoting Boston as a center for financial services, and enhancing state government’s capacity to help the industry grow.
- Innovation District Development – Reform the state’s Chapter 91 rules on waterfront development, to unlock the full potential of Boston’s Innovation District and speed the growth of companies located there.
Talent: We will build on the region’s greatest competitive advantage by strengthening state education, training, and retention efforts while improving access to top international talent.
- Internship Initiative – Expand the Chamber-Federal Reserve Bank of Boston partnership that promotes internships, and enlist more organizations to join the effort.
- Charter Schools – Expand the availability of charter schools, which have a strong track record of raising student skills and closing the achievement gap.
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education – Build support for STEM education, as part of a statewide coalition to increase the STEM teacher pool.
Tax Policy: We will work to make state business tax policy more competitive with other states in order to drive job growth, investment, innovation, and expansion.
- State Tax Competitiveness – Make the state’s corporate tax burden more competitive by expanding access to the single sales factor and other pro-growth policies, while phasing out uncompetitive taxes.
- State Tax Incentives – Strengthen tax incentives that promote growth, investment, and hiring by Massachusetts companies.
- Tax Administration Reform – Reform state policy on tax-related transactions, building on the recent implementation of Chamber tax reforms to promote transparency and predictability.
Transportation: We will strengthen the efficiency, and financial foundation, of the state’s transportation system.
- Transportation Efficiency – Advance reforms to make the Commonwealth’s transportation system more efficient, focusing on steps that reduce operating costs or permit new financing structures including public-private partnerships.
- Transportation Finance – Support transportation-specific revenues to put the system on a more stable long-term footing, to stabilize transit authorities’ finances and eliminate the use of capital funds to pay operating expenses.