2021 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. The increase of Teacher compensation to exceed the Southeast average. Allow lottery tuition to be used for those looking to receive high quality industrial certifications. Expand expungement for non-violent offenders while creating a state tax credit for hiring returning citizens. Offer tax credits to those businesses looking to hire teachers as summer employees. Taxes and Regulations The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Supports: Reviewing the South Carolina tax code to find an alternative to Act 388, removing the undue tax burden on local businesses. Hold businesses' unemployment rates harmless for layoffs due to COVID-19 shutdowns. Provide fair COVID liability protections for businesses and schools. Support the development of high-speed broadband infrastructure in cities and rural areas. Improve access to childcare as our economy seeks to rebound from the COVID-19 work from home orders. 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.