The NC Jobs Agenda

In an increasingly partisan era of North Carolina politics, the NC Chamber represents a nonpartisan middle ground that will always advocate for pro-business policies that benefit the state.

The four pillars outlined in North Carolina Vision 2030 serve as guideposts to develop each of the priorities outlined in our Jobs Agenda. While some of the 2018 priorities built upon efforts of past legislative sessions, others are new to the list, and each will be integral in stimulating job growth and fostering a competitive business climate that sets our state apart in the modern global economy.

In addition to guiding our legislative work for the year ahead, the 2018 Jobs Agenda will be used to gauge the pro-jobs effectiveness of legislators when we assess their voting record on key business issues later in the year.

The 2018 legislative session ended in August, and the NC Chamber Government Affairs team is hard at work counting the votes to create this year’s How They Voted. To determine our 2019 Jobs Agenda, the team is also engaging with members to determine our priorities for the year ahead. For more information on how we develop the Jobs Agenda, please contact Gary Salamido.

Education and Talent Supply

  • As a follow-up to maintaining HIRE Standards and a transparent school grading system, the NC Chamber will advocate for an accountable, transparent and collaborative process in turning around low performing schools.
  • Increasing awareness of and facilitating accessibility to robust workplace learning initiatives, including apprenticeships, will continue to be a priority.
  • The NC Chamber will be monitoring the Education Finance Reform Task Force.

Competitive Business Climate

  • The NC Chamber will continue fighting for passage of Senate Bill 470 which includes measures that will stop bad-acting personal injury attorneys from gaming NC’s legal system when filing asbestos bankruptcy trust claims.
  • The NC Chamber is monitoring Governor Cooper’s nominations for Commissioners on the North Carolina Industrial Commission. These gubernatorial nominations have been subject to confirmation by the General Assembly since 2011. Legislative confirmation was a critical element of workers’ compensation reform that was passed, almost unanimously, during that session. It was included to rectify what many observers felt was a lack of balance on the Commission which existed at that time.Earlier this year, Attorney General Josh Stein and Representative Jason Saine announced an initiative to change the data breach laws in North Carolina. These changes would create a dramatic shift in statute, making North Carolina home to the strictest data privacy laws in the country. The NC Chamber is actively monitoring this initiative and engaging in dialogue, working to prevent uncertainty and unreasonable liability for all North Carolina businesses.
  • The NC Chamber is monitoring Senate Bill 81, Sales Tax Economic Nexus for Remote, closely as it would establish an “economic nexus” as the basis for sales tax collections on remote sellers, effectively ensuring that North Carolina retailers would only be taxed for sales occurring in-state.
  • As with every session, the NC Chamber will continue the business community’s opposition to additional health insurance mandates.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • The NC Chamber will advocate for establishment of a research and development grant program for early stage and start-up companies.
  • The NC Chamber will advocate to establish a system-wide Office of Technology Transfer at the system level charged with establishing a uniform technology transfer policy across the 17 campuses of the University System.
  • Increasing awareness of and advocating for key policies that promote the growth of food manufacturing processing and agribusiness industries in North Carolina will continue to be a priority.

Infrastructure and Growth Leadership

  • The NC Chamber will advocate for Build NC, the next step in a long-term transportation infrastructure funding strategy. Using existing debt capacity, NCDOT would establish a state GARVEE program modeled after the successful federal program. This program would benefit the divisional and regional level funding buckets of Strategic Transportation Investments and provide much needed predictability.
  • The NC Chamber will advocate for HB 374, Business Freedom Act, as it will make technical, conforming, and other changes to the labor laws of North Carolina, while also streamlining permitting and revamping the contest case process.
  • Continuing the work to advance policies that streamline the permitting process as outlined in the NC Chamber Foundation Regulatory Competitiveness Study will remain a priority.
  • The NC Chamber will advocate for enhanced access to and adoption of broadband in non-urban areas of the state.The NC Chamber will work with North Carolina Department of Transportation and road contractors to remove barriers to access of $2.2 billion cash balance available for capital projects.