2016 is a landmark year for elections. Nearly every office on the federal, state and local levels will be on the ballot. At the federal level Utahns will vote in a Presidential election, one U.S. Senate election and four U.S. House elections.

At the state level Utahns will have the opportunity to vote for their Governor, Attorney General and other executive and judicial elections, while also voting in the congressional elections. Over half of the 29 senate seats, and all 75 state representative seats, are up for election. In addition, there are many elections being held at the local level.
Business Needs to Engage

The Utah business community needs to engage heavily in this year’s election cycle. The private sector drives innovation and powers the economy while government makes public policy. A strong relationship between the business community and government is essential for effective economic development.

The Utah community as a whole desires a healthy and vibrant economy leading to the creation of additional jobs, increased revenue, higher wages and a better standard of living. Because of this, advocates are needed at each level of government to best represent the business community’s interests on issues ranging from regulations and taxes to infrastructure and education.

Every year the Salt Lake Chamber in conjunction with its Executive Board creates a Public Policy Guide to outline the business community’s policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session and calendar year. The 2016 Public Policy Guide can be found: HERE

At the end of each legislative session, the Salt Lake Chamber publishes a Legislative Scorecard which outlines the priority bills that the Chamber tracked during the session. In addition to, designating those state legislators who demonstrated a willingness to prioritize the success of Utah’s economy as “Business Champions,” as well as a stand-out “Legislator of the Year”. The 2016 Legislative Scorecard can be read by clicking: HERE

Election Information

State-elected officials have a significant impact on the business community and economic well-being of the state. Find your current elected official, at the state and federal level, in addition to positions up for election: HERE

What Business Stands to Gain

The private sector drives innovation and powers the economy, while government makes and executes public policy. A strong relationship between the business community and government is essential for effective economic development. Advocates are needed at each level of government to best represent the business community’s interests on issues ranging from regulations and taxes to infrastructure and education.

The Utah community as a whole desires a healthy and vibrant economy leading to the creation of additional jobs, increased revenue, higher wages and a better standard of living. As a result, people will be more willing to support pro-business candidates.

The business community cannot afford to take a step back without fighting to ensure advocates for healthy economic and pro-business interests are elected to each level of government. The people are supportive of the business community and will act on its perceived recommendations.

What Utah’s Business Community can do

At this point in the election cycle, there are many actions the business community may take to ensure pro-business candidates are elected to each level of government.

The following are suggested ways to get involved this election cycle:

  • Contribute/Donate to Campaigns
  • Sponsor Campaign Events
  • Sponsor Candidate forums/debates
  • Public support of endorsed candidates
  • Recognize pro-business candidates by reading the Salt Lake Chamber
    • 2016 Public Policy Guide: HERE
    • 2016 Legislative Scorecard: HERE
  • Provide candidate information to employees
  • Allow adequate time for employees to participate civically
  • Become a member of the Salt Lake Chamber