Priorities

 

In 2018, your State Chamber continues to fight for policies to make South Carolina the best place in the nation to live, work, and do business. Our 2018 Competitiveness Agenda is a list of policy priorities for this year's legislative session.

 

 

Taxes

We must make South Carolina's tax system more competitive. 

  • Lower property taxes for businesses. South Carolina is home to some of the highest commercial and manufacturing tax rates in the nation. 
  • Reduce income tax burden on the state’s workforce. South Carolina’s top personal income tax rate of 7% is higher than any state in the Southeast. 

Workforce

South Carolina’s business community needs targeted strategies that will increase the number of people with the right skills in the talent pipeline.

  • Grow apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Become the home of choice for veterans leaving the service and starting their second career by fully exempting military retirement benefits. 
  • Expand policies aimed at reintegrating ex-offenders into the workforce.
  • Shrink the skills gap by working with K-12,  higher education, government training agencies and private sector partners.
  • Focus on soft skills development for our students.
  • Address the growing prescription drug and opioid epidemic.