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.

This past session, tax reform became the leading issue for the legislature.  As was detailed in Lane Beattie’s op-ed during the session, the Salt Lake Chamber supports efforts to modernize our tax code to be fairer, meet today’s needs and enhance Utah’s competitiveness. Recently, Scott Anderson, CEO, and president of Zions Bank also shared his support of overhauling Utah’s tax code.

The legislature elected for further study and has tasked the Interim Revenue and Taxation Committee with developing a roadmap for reform that will include monthly meetings and three additional full days on tax reform.

We look forward to working with our members, the Legislature, and other key stakeholders to advance this process during the interim and pass a comprehensive tax reform package in the 2018 General Legislative Session.

If you are interested in participating in the dialogue, contact: Michael Parker, Vice President of Public Policy (mmparker@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.