Chamber Sets Its Priorities For State Advocacy In 2021

By: Editorial Staff Posted: 01/04/2021

We are committed to working with policymakers at every level of government to rebuild a thriving region

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The Seattle Metro Chamber is a business advocate that promotes a competitive, equitable, and resilient economy. As we recover from the major economic shock brought on by the pandemic, we are committed to working with policymakers at every level of government to rebuild a thriving region. Recovery necessarily requires inclusion of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, gender-diverse, and veteran-owned businesses.

At the state level, the Chamber will advocate that legislators:

  • Advance economic recovery through:
    • Tools such as stimulus packages and other programs that help seed economic recovery and resiliency. 
    • Relief and support targeted at small businesses, with a particular emphasis on businesses owned by historically excluded groups.
  • Preserve our state’s competitiveness and jobs by avoiding unnecessary additional tax and regulatory burdens on business. [See Chamber’s State Tax Principles]
  • Promote infrastructure that ensures the mobility of people and freight. [See Chamber’s Transportation Principles] 
  • Ensure robust public support for high-quality education, with a focus on issues we expect to address next year, including:
    • Expanding access to high-quality, affordable childcare and maintaining pre-K funding
    • Safe and healthy reopening of K-12 schools
    • Assuring appropriate funding for post-secondary higher education 
  • Encourage evidence-based, regional solutions to homelessness and affordable housing, including supportive housing
  • Support equitable digital access, including devices, internet, and digital literacy 

In addition to the above, at a regional level, the Chamber will also emphasize the importance of working together to revitalize downtown Seattle, which is a key regional economic driver important to an equitable recovery. 

  • This includes addressing issues particularly acute for downtown Seattle, including: 
    • Restoring the 300,000 jobs that were located downtown pre-pandemic
    • Defining clear plans for how reimagined public safety services ensure residents, employees, and visitors are safe 
    • Helping those experiencing homelessness move into stable housing