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2020 Legislative Priorities

Education and Workforce Development

The Greater Sumter Chamber Supports:

  • Providing a greater focus of soft skills development for Middle and High School students.
  • Approval of the “Sumter STEAM Charter School”: A school of Inquiry, Innovation and Impact.
  • The increase of Teacher compensation to exceed the Southeast average by the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Increase funding for state colleges and universities and relieve the tuition burden for South Carolina students and their families.

Taxes and Regulations

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Supports:

  • Adopting a uniform business license application process to expedite permitting for companies across local jurisdictions without negatively impacting municipal revenue.
  • Reviewing the South Carolina tax code to find an alternative to Act 388, removing the undue tax burden on local businesses.
  • Reauthorize the Angel Investment Tax Credit to encourage South Carolinians to invest in startup businesses.
  • A state-wide tax climate that ensure fairness, predictability, accountability and compliance while balancing income, property and sales tax levies.

Military

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Supports:

  • Full exemption of state income taxes for military retirement, making South Carolina the premier location for retirees.
  • Adoption of Reciprocal Licensing for military spouses allowing occupational or professional licenses to be honored from other states providing original license is maintained and kept current.
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