Education, Workforce and Health Care
The Salt Lake Chamber believes that supporting and strengthening Utah’s workforce enables our economy to thrive. This includes investing in education, workforce development, immigration and ensuring a healthy workforce.
2016 EDUCATION PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES
- PK–3 targeted reading – We support evidence-based funding for expanded early intervention reading programs, including increased voluntary pre-school, community schools and other innovative public-private partnerships to support school readiness and success for at-risk students. We also support increasing full-day kindergarten classes.
- Math instruction – We support expanded math endorsements and technology training for teachers, as well as professional learning opportunities for math teachers of grades 4-8. We also support professional learning opportunities and professional development for math teachers of grades 9-12 and STEM endorsements for secondary math teachers.
- Access to critical guidance – We support additional middle and high school counselor and mentor positions, as well as targeted professional development for counselors on issues related to college access and success. We also support middle and high school advocate, academic coach and tutor programs.
- Merit-based compensation – We support enhanced merit-based compensation and health care. We also support extended teacher contracts and differentiated compensation for teacher leaders, teacher mentors, learning community leaders and coaches.
- Incentivizing college completion – We support instructional performance rewards for increasing postsecondary completion rates. We also support access and outreach initiatives to increase participation and completion rates of underserved students.
- Workforce alignment – We support innovative efforts to strategically align the private and public sectors to attract and train a skilled and talented workforce. This includes increasing certificate and degree programs, including stackable certificates that meet high-wage, high-demand workforce needs.
- Outcome-basedscholarships–We support increased funding to meet the growing demand of scholarships that encourage students to prepare for college academically and financially by taking a core course of study and saving for college. We also support expanded and new performance-based scholarships that specifically support lower income students.
2016 WORKFORCE AND HEALTH CARE POLICY PRIORITIES
- Supporting and hiring our service members – We support the reintegration of America’s service members, including veterans, National Guard and active duty service members, back into our workforce through entrepreneurial opportunities.
- Medicaid expansion – We support proposals that are an alternative to Medicaid expansion and recognize the necessity of balancing the financial resources of the state with the needs of Utahns. Our community is stronger when we provide access to health coverage for the poorest among us. This measured approach must include efforts to apply market principles, such as utilizing Medicaid dollars through the employer market or a health insurance exchange.
- Autism treatment – We support informed action that helps address autism spectrum disorders, which impact all Utahns. The cost of addressing these disorders should be shared by all Utahns and should not be financed through an insurance mandate.
- Avenue H – We support expanding Utah’s small business health insurance marketplace as a significant option for meeting employer and employee needs for health insurance. This includes the exchange’s ability to serve large employer needs.
To see specific principles, positions or priorities for Education, Workforce and Health Care, please see the 2016 Public Policy Guide.
In the 21st Century, a dynamic economy requires an educated population. Education drives innovation, attracts employers looking to fill high-skilled jobs and provides for a higher quality of life.