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8 03, 2022

Business Watch: 2022 Legislative Updates – Recap

By |2022-03-10T07:54:44-07:00March 8th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

As the legislative session concluded last Friday, passed bills are now making their way to Governor Cox for his signature or veto. Over the past 45-days, the legislature passed 513 bills and a record $25 billion budget, with a significant increase in education funding, historical investment in infrastructure and water conservation, notable social services, and [...]

25 02, 2022

Business Watch: 2022 Legislative Updates – Week 6

By |2022-02-24T22:13:34-07:00February 25th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

We are 86% through the legislative session, and the last day – March 4th – will soon be upon us. The bottom line is bills are moving very fast through both the House and the Senate toward quick final passage. Governor Cox continues to sign some bills into law, and a sense of urgency [...]

4 02, 2022

Business Watch: 2022 Legislative Updates – Week 3

By |2022-02-04T14:39:17-07:00February 4th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

We have reached week three of the legislative session and continue to make progress in policy discussions with legislators. There was some policy debate on SB 139, Prescription Cost Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Vickers, and it is viewed as a patient friendly bill. It would make prescription drug costs, even those recouped through a pharmaceutical coupon, [...]

15 01, 2022

2022 Legislative Priority: Technology & Cybersecurity

By |2022-02-01T15:18:58-07:00January 15th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

A new focus on technology and cybersecurity policy will be foundational to our continued growth and modernization of business operations, critical infrastructure and connected communities. The rise of a data-driven approach to economic growth needs to be led by innovation in policy responses to ensure it matches technology’s capability. The increase in cyber attacks [...]

15 01, 2022

2022 Legislative Priority: Taxes & Budget

By |2022-02-01T15:14:36-07:00January 15th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

The economic landscape of Utah shifted dramatically during the pandemic as small business owners faced unprecedented challenges with safety concerns and customer traffic. As a state, small businesses make up nearly 90% of all businesses and include many women and minority entrepreneurs. The Salt Lake Chamber houses the Women’s Business Center of Utah and [...]

15 01, 2022

2022 Legislative Priority: Small Business

By |2022-02-01T14:58:41-07:00January 15th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

The economic landscape of Utah shifted dramatically during the pandemic as small business owners faced unprecedented challenges with safety concerns and customer traffic. As a state, small businesses make up nearly 90% of all businesses and include many women and minority entrepreneurs. The Salt Lake Chamber houses the Women’s Business Center of Utah and [...]

15 01, 2022

2022 Legislative Priority: Infrastructure & Transportation

By |2022-02-01T14:53:59-07:00January 15th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Transportation and infrastructure are fundamental to maintaining growth and economic mobility. The Salt Lake Chamber recognizes that Utah’s transportation needs are changing and expanding. Transport access from residences to destinations of employment or entertainment depends on a modern, multimodal transportation system. Our transportation approach must be one of strategic vision to ensure it not [...]

15 01, 2022

2022 Legislative Priority: Immigration

By |2022-02-01T14:50:53-07:00January 15th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

The Salt Lake Chamber was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Utah Compact, which advocated for policies that increase racial equity and provide all of Utah’s residents with opportunities for success. Utah’s immigrant population, including DACA recipients, makes up nearly 17% of our total population. There is a sizable minority [...]

14 01, 2022

2022 Legislative Priorities: Downtown Alliance

By |2022-02-01T15:23:11-07:00January 14th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

The Downtown Alliance is the Salt Lake Chamber’s downtown partner dedicated to building a dynamic urban center that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. The Alliance is funded, in part, by a special tax assessment on downtown’s commercial properties located between North Temple, 400 South, 600 West and 300 East. Downtown [...]

14 01, 2022

2022 Legislative Priority: Housing

By |2022-02-01T14:34:45-07:00January 14th, 2022|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

The housing shortage in Utah is leading to record price increases for both renters and homeowners. Our availability of affordable housing was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic because of supply chain disruptions, increased cost of commodities and surging demand due to low interest rates. These facts are underlined by Utah’s growing demand for housing [...]

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