2019 Legislative Priorities

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce requests that the General Assembly address the following issues during the 2019 Legislative Session:

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Prioritize and fund the completion of the I-587 spur in Greene, Nash, Pitt, and Wilson counties;
  • Identify and fund legislation that facilitates increased preparation of stormwater and river systems for future storm impact;
  • Adopt and allocate airport capital funding based on the recently proposed NCDOT Division of Aviation funding formula.

Education and Workforce Development

  • Fully fund the planning and design phases for a modern, properly equipped medical education and research facility for the Brody School of Medicine at ECU;
  • Allocate funding for innovative, short duration community college programs which lead to industry recognized credentials and highly employable students;
  • Protect historical base funding for PCC and ECU as they continue to adapt to the changing enrollment trends of the 21st century student body.

Healthcare

  • Identify and pass a common sense, cost efficient solution to the close the healthcare coverage gap in North Carolina;
  • Align state insurance regulations with recently adopted federal rules surrounding Association Health Plans;
  • Support Project Unify, which integrates Vidant Medical Group and ECU Physicians into a more cohesive and efficient system.

Early Childhood Education

  • Adequately fund early childhood programs so that providers are reimbursed at full market delivery rates;
  • Allocate additional funding to the Child Care Subsidy as a means of addressing backlog of eligible, low-income participants not being served by the program.

Taxation

  • Maintain North Carolina’s business-friendly environment by protecting the state’s stable tax sources without disproportionately burdening particular industries, individuals, or employers;
  • Replace the current nonprofit sales tax refund system with a sales tax exemption, thereby eliminating unnecessary administrative burdens.

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