South Carolina has not had a dedicated funding increase to maintain and expand our roads and bridges since 1987, when the state had one million fewer residents. Together weâ€™ll build the road to South Carolinaâ€™s success.
South Carolina has a skills gap. 45% of jobs are middle-skilled jobs, requiring a certificate or associateâ€™s degree, while only 29% of workers possess the necessary skills to fill these jobs. Investing in an educated workforce drives business and jobs
Comprehensive Tax Reform
Carolina businesses pay the highest industrial property tax rates and the 7th highest commercial tax rates in the nation. The Chamber supports a tax strategy designed for long-term prosperity for businesses and citizens.
Health insurance premiums increased 138% between 1999 and 2010, outpacing wage growth of 42% over the same period. The Chamber is committed to finding a viable solution to healthcare cost for businesses and citizens.
Environment & Energy
Environmental regulations rank as a top 10 issue when deciding where a company will locate, according to Area Developmentâ€™s Corporate Survey. The Chamber advocates sustainable, balanced solutions based on science.
South Carolina ranks in the Top 10 in numerous surveys rating business climates. However, our most direct competitors - North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia â€“ all rank in the top 10 too. South Carolina must continue to advance major issues impacting the business climate. Together we can boost economic development by supporting and creating a competitive business environment.