| Central Penn Business Journal
Lancaster chamber publicizes advocacy positions
The Lancaster Chamber of Business and Industry released position papers Monday on three key political issues affecting small business in Pennsylvania: taxes, unemployment compensation and venue shopping.
"We are all about trying to ensure a better business climate for Pennsylvania, and Lancaster specifically," chamber President Tom Baldrige said. "These three issues have a direct bottom-line impact."
On taxes, the chamber's position paper calls for comprehensive reform. Specifically, the organization advocates phasing out the corporate stock and franchise tax; lowering the corporate net income tax rate and implementing a single sales factor for calculating it; and eliminating caps on net operating loss carryovers.
On unemployment, the chamber calls for ensuring benefits are paid only to workers laid off through no fault of their own; requiring an active job search; ensuring fairness in employer taxation; and improving the solvency of the state's unemployment trust fund.
The chamber said it opposes venue shopping, the practice of moving litigation to friendly jurisdictions, even if they have a minimal connection to the case, and seeks legislation to end the practice.
The chamber's board signed off on the three statements, making them part of the chamber's advocacy efforts.