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.

Supporting and strengthening Utah’s workforce enable our economy to thrive. Employers invest time and resources to hire and train workers, and ultimately their bottom line depends on the success of their employees.

In recent years, Utah’s neighboring states have increased their minimum wages by ballot, increased pressure nationally to consider options to expand family leave and greater attention to pay equity.

The Economic Development and Workforce Service Committee will study these items, and the Salt Lake Chamber’s looks forward to will be actively engaged on these issues as they have a disproportionate impact on smaller employers.

If you are interested in participating in the dialogue, consider joining the Salt Lake Chamber’s Small Business Committee by contacting: Bre Perrone, Public Policy Coordinator (BPerrone@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.