After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance during Interim Sessions. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the broader business community.

Looking ahead, the Utah Legislature just announced the topics of study for the upcoming interim sessions. There are a number of items that will highlighted in a series of blogs including tax reform, education policy and funding, transportation, economic development, air quality, and workforce policy.

The Education Committee has a weighty workload that looks to be accelerating discussions about reform, funding, and outcomes. Businesses must be part of the overall discussion of a long-term plan for education to ensure our state’s workforce stays globally competitive and fuels economic prosperity for generations to come,

This effort will build on the work of the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, our Prosperity Through Education plan and other approaches that bring innovation, accountability, and investment to education.

Additionally, the Our Schools Now effort continues to explore options to enhance overall education funding through a ballot measure. We are supportive of this effort as part of dialogue to finding greater funding for Utah’s education system. Many of our community’s key business leaders have led the charge in this endeavor, and we will continue to support their intent of improving education outcomes for Utah’s future workforce, while preferring and working towards a legislative solution.

If you are interested in participating in the dialogue, contact: Abby Osborne, Vice President of Government Relations (aosborne@slchamber.com)

38-15-1 is the Salt Lake Chamber Public Policy Update. From Congress and the Governor’s office to legislative committee rooms and city halls across the state, the Chamber is working to promote a pro-growth, business-focused agenda.

Moving forward, every month the Salt Lake Chamber policy team will give an update on relevant business issues that the Legislature’s bicameral study committees discuss. All of the meeting dates are regularly updated and can be found here.

View additional Interim 2017 Previews here.