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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.
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