At the Chamber, we create meaningful impact through our public policy focus and approach.

Our work moves the needle. Through the Chamber, you’re at the table on the issues that move Massachusetts forward. The span of issues we cover gives us an advantage because we see the connections between them. A strong transportation system will reduce emissions and increase housing options for downtown workers. The talent pipeline and business climate go hand-in-hand to create jobs and ensure that students and workers are skilled and ready to fill them.

We consistently apply critical and practical lenses in our analysis, looking at the effects on equity, the economy, and sustainability. This, combined with data and input from our members, steers us to positions that will make Greater Boston the best place for all businesses and all people to thrive.

Questions? Contact us.

Christopher
Christopher Eicher

Vice President, Government Relations

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

We concentrate on six priority areas

Business Climate

Climate & Energy

Health Care

Housing & Development

Talent

Transportation

Our Impact

 

Our effort directly translates to results and opportunities for our members. Whether it’s supporting a good policy or preventing a bad one, we strive for our region to compete and grow in a changing world.

Recent Successes:

  • The Chamber led the business community’s advocacy to the successful passage of the 2023 Massachusetts tax reform package, the first tax reform package in 20 years. The law reformed the state’s estate tax, reduced the short-term capital gains tax rate, brought single sales factor into the state, and boosted the state’s Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP), among a myriad of additional favorable tax changes for the Commonwealth. The Chamber partnered with the Massachusetts Society of CPAs to recommend important reforms, and the final law incorporated many of our recommendations. The 2023 tax reform legislation represents a good first step in ensuring Massachusetts remains a competitive place to do business.
  • We ensured the voice of the business community was heard in the development of the Francis Perkins Pay Workplace Equity Law, ensuring the Act’s success through reasonable and practical measures. Encouraging equitable and diverse workplaces will benefit the workforce and employers of today and tomorrow.
  • The Chamber, in partnership with 9 other regional Chambers of Commerce from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, created the Massachusetts Chambers Policy Network. Representing over 10,000 member employers and more than 100,000 employees, the Chambers Policy Network uses its united and collective voice on behalf of the business community and advocates for public policy solutions that will strengthen the quality of life and economy in all regions of the Commonwealth.
  • Our President & CEO Jim Rooney was appointed by Governor Healey to serve on her Transportation Funding Task Force reviewing long-term transportation financing in Massachusetts. Advocating for transportation solutions, including complex funding strategies, is how we advance mobility for every person and keep commerce moving forward.
  • We elevated the voice of the employer community with the Boston City Council through direct advocacy, effective testimony and engagement through our government affairs forum, fostering new connections and ensuring local decision makers have access to our members. The Chamber partnered with the city of Boston on improving Boston Public Schools, improving public safety, and supporting SPACE grantees.
  • We successfully advocated for the passing of sports wagering in Massachusetts, expanding economic opportunity by fostering an entirely new industry with robust career paths in Massachusetts while elevating our members in the process.

The Latest Policy Updates

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Public Policy
business climate

Chamber Supports the Tax Relief for American Families & Workers Act of 2024 to Benefit Families and Small Businesses

Public Policy

Chamber Urges the Formation of a Mobility Pricing Commission

The Chamber enthusiastically supports creating a special commission on mobility pricing to study how the state should finance its transportation infrastructure over the long-term.
Public Policy

Chamber Submits Testimony on The Affordable Homes Act

The Chamber encourages the Joint Committee on Housing to avoid policies, like transfer taxes, that add to our already high housing costs or create barriers to housing production.

Move Forward With Us

 

We are a trusted, go-to resource for members, policymakers, and the public on issues affecting businesses, employers, the workforce, and the economy. If you’re a member, you have a dedicated policy contact who will answer your questions and listen to your concerns. Members at the Advocate level and higher can join our Leadership Councils for deeper engagement with our policy team.

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