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The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce works, on behalf of its members, to maintain a healthy business climate. The Chamber takes an active role in attempting to influence government in support or opposition of business legislation that will impact its members. The Chamber represents its members before local, state and federal governmental entities and provides a forum for its members to develop policy positions that impact the Santa Clarita business community.
The Chamber has a Government Affairs/Transportation committee that meets monthly to develop policy positions. Issues in the areas of taxation, healthcare, transportation and economic development are targets of committee discussions each month. The Chamber’s board of directors also endorses candidates in certain local races, such as City Council, Board of Education and Water Boards. The organization will generally support candidates who are recognized as being “business friendly.”
In addition to local efforts, the Chamber organizes an annual trip to Washington DC and Sacramento to lobby for critical community projects.
After the development of policy positions are completed, the Chamber uses its significant media resources to educate its members and the community concerning the Chamber’s position on the issue.
SCVCC Government Affairs Guiding Principles
Adopted February 2011
Taxation Policy Position Statements
Taxation Vision Statement
It is the vision of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce to support a tax environment that gives the Santa Clarita Valley and the State of California a competitive advantage to support businesses that currently operate in the region and to attract new businesses to the Santa Clarita Valley. Any government initiated tax policy should be supportive of programs that improve the economic vitality, the quality of life and the cultural and social environments of the constituents in the area.
The Chamber supports a fair and equitable tax burden with no undue taxes on business, residents or tourists.
The Chamber supports broad based business tax incentives (Manufacturer's Investment Credit - provides sales tax exemptions and credits to businesses for the purchase of qualifying manufacturing or production equipment) that are essential to the economic growth and stability of the Santa Clarita Valley and the State of California.
The Chamber supports maximizing the region's use of transportation dollars towards initiatives and projects that improve multi-jurisdictional coordination, reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide better mobility options for residents, employers, and employees. The Chamber supports continued funding to expand and improve mass transit in order to provide adequate transportation for the regional employee base.
The Chamber supports the simplification of state income, banking and corporate tax systems.
The Chamber opposes industry-specific taxes as the ultimate obligation to fund on-going programs that will fall on other sources of revenue.
The Chamber opposes any attempt to overturn or erode Proposition 13 protections.
The Chamber supports the concept of having "tax amnesty" programs are the exception rather than the rule.
The Chamber is opposed to public entities using "fees" as a way to circumvent the passage of a tax increase to support a legitimate public need.
The Chamber supports tax programming designed to enhance California's "leading edge image" in the area of research and development innovation.
The Chamber supports improvements to the enterprise zone program that simplify and facilitate the use of the economic incentives available through the program.
The Chamber has historically and generally supported local General Obligation Bond campaigns for education facility development. The Chamber also has historically supported statewide bonds for infrastructure needs. Any future measures must be approved by the organization's Board of Directors, on a case-by-case basis.
Environmental Policy Position Statements
Environmental Vision Statement:
It is the vision of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce to support efficient, reliable and cost-effective energy, air, and water resources.