2015 Legislative Agenda
2015 Legislative Agenda
- The Douglas County Chamber supports the adoption of tax policies and financial incentives, as well as the elimination of burdensome regulations in order to foster economic growth in Douglasville, Douglas County and all Georgia businesses. We support new initiatives, economic development tools and private sector investments that will enhance our competitiveness, encourage innovation, and create new jobs for our community and Georgia as a whole. Our Chamber envisions a community Economic Development solution involving private public partnerships and a common vision for the future that will also retain and expand business in our community.
- We strongly encourage the state to identify other sound financing mechanisms, including nontraditional transportation revenue sources and user fees, to address the needs of our community’s and the state’s transportation infrastructure. (county)
- We appreciate the support of the HWY 92 Project as it moves forward through implementation and request continued diligence to making sure funding is secured for the length of the project.
Tax Funding Reform:
- Due to increased costs of juvenile justice reform, we urge the legislature to provide state funding to hire attorneys to prosecute, defend and represent all parties in delinquency, CHNS and dependency cases as well as increase funding to all counties for community-based services for juveniles. (county)
- Over several years, the General Assembly has passed significant tax reform legislation impacting county property tax and sales tax. Cleaning up these new laws should take priority over crafting new legislative proposals, and Douglas County would like to partner to revise several new tax property tax reform laws. (county)
- To amend the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act, so as to allow for the certification of certain local water and/or sewer authorities and storm water utilities as “local issuing authorities” by the Georgia EPD. (WSA)
- Supports workable inter-basin water transfer regulation and the continued management of our region’s water resources to meet the needs of our growing population and industrial sectors, and when practical, to incent individuals and businesses to invest in water management technologies. (RBD modified local)
- Continue restoration of full funding of the Quality Basic Education formula by eliminating austerity cuts or by decreasing austerity cuts again by at least 30%. (BOE)
- Require proposed legislation, impacting education, to be accompanied with full funding for implementation, and include a one year implementation delay with a fiscal note detailing budgetary impact. (BOE)
- Revise and finalize the flexibility options to include a school system’s ability to waive requirements, when choice options and other innovations are successfully implemented. (BOE)
- Continue to support the practice of allowing local boards to approve class size waivers. (BOE)
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The Regional Business Coalition (RBC) is comprised of 14 local chambers of commerce and business organizations in the metro Atlanta region.
**For more information about the Douglas County Chamber Legislative Agenda, please contact President and CEO Kali Kirkham Boatright at 770-942-5022.