The Jefferson Chamber is the voice of the business community in Jefferson Parish. The Chamber listens closely and acts proactively on the issues and concerns of its members and the business community. Our goal is to generate a favorable climate in which all businesses can prosper in the Jefferson Parish community. Our organization continues to work tirelessly to defend business interests at the Parish, State and Federal level.
Throughout the year, The Jefferson Chamber meets regularly with its local, state and federal legislators. In preparation for these meetings, the Chamber surveys its membership to help identify and prioritize legislative issues on the horizon that will affect Jefferson Parish and holds a series of planning meetings with its government committee to define its legislative agenda. The resulting document outlines the issues that are important to the business community in Jefferson Parish. Our legislative agenda is shared with elected officials and the public.
LA State Legislative Session: March 12 – June 4, 2018
Our Legislative Agenda is very simple – to promote and protect a pro-business environment in Jefferson Parish.
- Oppose efforts that would increase employers’ health care costs and restrict choice in the type of coverage needed
- Support efforts to strengthen accountability for improving health, outcomes, cost, and to reward value
- Support efforts to increase fiscal transparency of state and local government operations
- Support sunsets and review processes for statutory dedications
- Support the review of incentives and exemptions
- Support reducing the tax burden borne by businesses
Education and Workforce Development
- Early Childhood Education
- Support funding for quality early childhood care and education
- Public School K-12
- Support and advocate for measures that advance standards, accountability, assessments, transparency, and alternative school choices
- Workforce Development
- Support ex-offender re-entry programs that enhance workforce development efforts
- Support programs in high school that offer training and workforce skills development
- Post Secondary Education
- Support efforts to strengthen academic requirements to receive TOPS
- Support tuition and fee autonomy by universities
Economic Development Incentives
- Support economic development incentives that improve the state’s business climate
- Support streamlining the process of applying and approving business incentives
- Support the integrity, adequacy and solvency of the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF)
- Support the gas tax initiative for funding towards infrastructure, provided projects are specified and dedicated
- Oppose any action that diverts or threatens coastal funding in various fashions
- Support the notion that science should dictate spending, not politics
- Support a statewide regulation for Transportation Networking Companies (TNC)
- Support efforts to close the online sales tax loophole and level the playing field for retailers
- Support the efforts and positions of the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance (CSFI)
Annual Legislative Visits
Each year, Chamber members travel to Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C. to promote and discuss the Chamber’s legislative agenda. During these visits, Chamber members meet directly with elected officials and key staff members to share their feedback and make recommendations for improvements in Jefferson Parish.
The Chamber’s Day at the Legislature is held in the Spring during the legislative session. The day includes a legislative briefing and lunch with the legislative delegation and an opportunity to learn about the legislative process and receive information on the status of key legislation critical to Jefferson Parish and the business community.
Our DC Fly-In, which takes place in the Fall, hosts business leaders and local elected officials in the nation’s capital for meetings with the Louisiana Congressional Delegation, key departmental staff and representatives of the U.S. Chamber to discuss and promote the Chamber’s federal legislative agenda.
Annual Legislative Visits
The Jefferson Chamber encourages its members to contact their local legislator on issues affecting their community.
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