PublicPOLICY           2013               Guide     As Utah’s business leader, we stand as the voice of business, we suppo...
The Salt Lake Chamber   7,700 50 29 10   Businesses Represented                                                           ...
Dear Fellow Utahns,Nearly four years after the official end of the Great Recession, the Utah economy is strong and the nat...
“The collaboration between the Chamber and Gov. Herbert has further                                    enabled our Utah br...
S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uideUtah jobs reach pre-recession peak                                   ...
The Regulatory Flood      E xc e s s i v e a n d C o s t ly R e g u l at i o n s H A R M t h e E c o n o my      Most regu...
S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uideHill AirForce Base                                                   ...
“We now have a bold, innovative and business-minded plan for education                                    that brings toge...
S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide Utah’s big goal Postsecondary education attainment levels by 2020 (a...
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“We have made a substantial investment in our mobility infrastructure. Today, with                                     one...
S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide              40                             %                       ...
“The Salt Lake Chamber has provided a consistent and                                     reasonable voice in the national ...
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“Clean air benefits everyone’s quality of life.  It also helps Utah’s tourism                                     industry...
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“The Salt Lake Chamber is leading the way on controlling costs                                    in health care. If busin...
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  1. 1. PublicPOLICY 2013 Guide As Utah’s business leader, we stand as the voice of business, we support our members’ success and we champion community prosperity
  2. 2. The Salt Lake Chamber 7,700 50 29 10 Businesses Represented % Of Utahs Workforce Counties Other States The Salt Lake Chamber is a statewide chamber of commerce City Chamber/Bureau, Richfield Area Chamber of Commerce, representing 7,700 businesses, which employ nearly half Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, South Jordan Chamber of the workforce of our state. We are a capital city chamber Commerce, South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, St. George with a statewide mission and reach. Just as the capital city is Area Chamber of Commerce, Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce, the center of commerce in our state, the Chamber works to Utah Hispanic Chamber, Utah Nonprofits Association, Utah strengthen the statewide business climate. The Chamber has Valley Chamber of Commerce, Utah Small Business Coalition, members in all 29 Utah counties, as well as 10 other states and Vestpocket Business Coalition and Wayne County Chamber of Washington, D.C. Commerce—and we continue to establish new partnerships to strengthen the Utah economy. Nearly 80 percent of our membership is comprised of small businesses. We have two strategic partners: the Downtown The Salt Lake Chamber formalized a relationship with the Alliance and World Trade Center Utah. Currently, we have formal World Bank Group to act as the state’s Private Sector Liaison partnerships with 25 other chambers of commerce or business Officer, and has signed memorandums of agreement with nine associations: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Utah State Chamber international chambers: Tokyo Chamber of Commerce, AMCHAM of Commerce, Brigham City Area Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Camera del Comercio Americana del Peru (Lima), Paris Chamber City Area Chamber of Commerce, ChamberWest, Davis Chamber of Commerce, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of Commerce, East Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lehi Area Monterrey Chamber of Commerce (Mexico), Shan’xi Bureau Chamber of Commerce, Moab Area Chamber of Commerce, of Commerce (China), Wuhan Chamber of Commerce (China), Murray Area Chamber of Commerce, National Association Chinese Committee for Promotion of International Trade and of Women Business Owners, Odgen/Weber Chamber, Park Italy Utah Cooperation Center. Contents: Statement on Civility Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 The Salt Lake Chamber believes civility must be a guiding Economic Development . . . . . . . . 2 value in public discourse. We commit ourselves to respectful Prosperity 2020 . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 discourse in the public square and pledge to do our part to Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 promote civil society. Immigration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Clean Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Health System Reform . . . . . . . . 16 “We invite elected officials, community Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 leaders, members of the media and all Downtown Rising . . . . . . . . . . . 20 International Business . . . . . . . . 22 Utahns to join us in advancing polite and Small Business . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 civil discourse. I have no doubt that our public policies will be better if we develop Follow us online: them with civility.” blog saltlakechamber Lane Beattie, President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber saltlakechamber saltlakechamber saltlakechamberCover photo by Brent Rowland
  3. 3. Dear Fellow Utahns,Nearly four years after the official end of the Great Recession, the Utah economy is strong and the nationaleconomy is expanding. A number of issues impacting the business community reached critical decisionpoints in 2012. The Supreme Court issued landmark decisions on immigration and health care reform, yetboth issues remain largely unresolved. Billions of dollars were poured into political campaigns, yet we findourselves faced with unproductive gridlock. No matter what the challenges, the business community standsready to help shape 2013 for the betterment of our state and country.Let’s begin by focusing on the fundamentals. As business leaders we understand that lasting change isincremental. It takes patience and commitment. This 2013 Public Policy Guide contains business leaders’steady vision for a more prosperous Utah. Year after year, we strengthen business by collaborating with ourelected officials. This year will be no exception, and this publication will guide our efforts with federal, stateand local policy makers.Benjamin Franklin noted, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Business leaders agree.There is no better place for Utahns to invest than in the education of our youth. Education is critical to ourlong-term success as communities, as a state and as a nation. An educated and skilled workforce is thefoundation of community prosperity.Investment in infrastructure has never been glamorous, but is an absolute necessity. We must continue to buildand maintain our transportation and energy systems if we expect a robust economy and prosperous society.Disciplined and principled investment in infrastructure is a fundamental practice that deserves our focus.Regulatory burdens continue to hinder economic growth. In the coming years we will sharpen our focus oncultivating a regulatory environment for business to thrive while maintaining a level playing field to boosthealthy competition.The Salt Lake Chamber is proud to stand as the voice of business in Utah. History has taught us that whenbusiness thrives, communities prosper. There is an inseparable connection between the success of oureconomy and the well-being of our state. We invite you to join us in focusing on the fundamentals andbuilding a future second to none.Lane Beattie Ray PickupPresident and CEO Chair 1
  4. 4. “The collaboration between the Chamber and Gov. Herbert has further enabled our Utah brand to gain international recognition in the business, tourism, film, culture, innovation, outdoor recreation and sportEconomic Development communities. Life Elevated is not just a tag line, but a way of life.” Spencer P. Eccles, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development Statement of Principles n Free enterprise – We support America’s free enterprise system as the best way to grow the economy, stimulate innovation and create jobs over the long term. n Ingredients for success – We believe low taxes, effective regulations, top-notch infrastructure, a talented workforce, and well-managed and limited government create the environment for economic success. n Thriving community – We champion Utah’s enviable life quality and commitment to the greater good, including support for Utah’s major arts organizations. n Strategic partnerships – We create and sustain model partnerships with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Utah Technology Council, BioUtah, other chambers of commerce and business associations, World Trade Center Utah, the Downtown Alliance, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Utah Small Business Coalition and other like-minded entities. 2013 public polic y priorit ies n Jobs – The Salt Lake Chamber joins forces with Gov. Herbert to make job creation a top priority. We support the governor’s plan to facilitate the creation of 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days and also offer a complementary private sector job creation plan called the Utah Jobs Agenda. We are on track to reach our goal and will continue to make job creation a major focus. Utah jobs agenda A plan to create 150,000 jobs in five years 60,000 - 55,594 47,368 48,000 YTD 40,000 - 34,734 Projected 20,000 - Average 23,282 1,291 0- -7217 -20,000 - -40,000 - Jobs Created -60,000 - -63,734 -80,000 - 2010 2006 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Source: Utah Dept. of Workforce Services and the Salt Lake Chamber 2 S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide
  5. 5. S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uideUtah jobs reach pre-recession peak Utah job growthUtah job count Monthly year-over percent change 5% -1,280,000 - 4% -1,260,000 - Pre-recession peak 3% - Back to peak 2% -1,240,000 - 1% -1,220,000 - 01,200,000 - Trough -1% -1,180,000 - -2% -1,160,000 - -3% - -4% -1,140,000 - -5% -1,120,000 - -6% -1,100,000 - -7% - 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012Source: Utah Dept. of Workforce Services and Bureau of Labor Statistics Source: Utah Dept. of Workforce Services and Bureau of Labor Statisticsn No general tax increase – We oppose increases in income, n Sustain USTAR – We support the Utah Science Technology sales or property taxes that are not supported by the public. and Research initiative (USTAR) and will ask the Utah Transportation user fees should be increased in order to Legislature to commit $3 million of on-going funding. meet critical mobility needs and should be adjusted over We also support increasing USTAR’s ongoing research time to keep pace with inflation.  allocation by $9 million annually.n Taxes and fiscal flexibility – We recognize federal and state n Statewide non-discrimination ordinance – A patchwork of tax reform as an emerging issue that must be addressed. non-discrimination ordinances currently exists in the state. We will work actively with elected leaders to consider We support a standardized statewide non-discrimination the best process, approach and options for meaningful ordinance, modeled after that passed in Salt Lake City and tax reform. We will also work with legislators to preserve 15 other local governments in Utah. legislative flexibility for future appropriations and support n Fund life science tax credits – Utah’s life science sector— fair tax policies for Utah’s hospitality industry. comprised of medical device, diagnostics, drug deliveryn Improve regulatory environment – The federal, state and and biotech companies—employs 20,000 Utahns and local government regulatory system must protect the contributes $15 billion in revenue to the state. We support health, safety and general welfare of Americans, while tax credit incentives for this important sector. being cost-effective, flexible and fair. We will actively n Enhance Utah’s image – Perceptions of Utah are an pursue opportunities to reduce the regulatory burden on important component of our economic development business and improve the fairness and effectiveness of success. We oppose unproductive “message bills” in the government regulations. Utah Legislature that detract from our state’s image. Wen Liquor law modernization – We support reforms of seek to improve Utah’s reputation in the world and will Utah’s liquor laws that protect public safety, reinforce a continue to support the efforts of the Governor’s Office of welcoming and hospitable climate for tourism and business Economic Development and other stakeholders to better recruitment efforts, and retain state control of wholesale coordinate and extend Utah’s global branding, both in distribution. tourism and business.n Support high priority developments/activities – So long n Support ambassador program – We will coordinate with, as specific criteria are met, we support the proposed Utah support and complement Gov. Herbert’s ambassador Performing Arts Center, a convention-headquarters hotel, program to cultivate relationships with existing, expanding a public market, the Sugar House streetcar development, and targeted businesses across the state and throughout expansion of the Salt Lake City International Airport and an the world. effort to bid for another Olympic Winter Games. n Broadband – We support broadband access so that Utah can remain a leader in economic development. 3
  6. 6. The Regulatory Flood E xc e s s i v e a n d C o s t ly R e g u l at i o n s H A R M t h e E c o n o my Most regulations are necessary to ensure there are clear rules for operating in a complex society. But excessive and costly regulations harm the economy and inhibit job creation. Regulatory uncertainty is one of several reasons employers are reluctant to hire and job growth remains sluggish. W e Must Restor e Bal ance Regulations in the Pipeline to Federal Regul at ion Dodd-Frank financial reform law The Affordable Care Act Regulatory burdens are imposed This legislation mandates This bill is through a system that operates 447 2,700 without effective checks and balances, pages or accountability. Currently, nearly all new long major regulations go into effect without rules our elected representatives in Congress ever voting on them. Regulators have finalized “The Secretary shall determine” Furthermore, the agencies creating only a third of them. appears in the bill these regulations often are not 1,563 times transparent. Unaccountable agencies rarely have to justify decisions they 180 Environmental Protection Agency make that harm the livelihoods of Proposed regulations could negatively millions of Americans because the impact power plants, hydraulic fracturing process does not allow for effective and refineries, costing the economy judicial or other independent review hundreds of major rules. of billions We support U.S. Chamber efforts to fight onerous rules and advance systemic regulator reform so we can of dollars and millions of jobs boards and commissions created remain a productive, innovative and free economy. Harming Small Business W e Must Remain Vigil ant on State Regul at ion Compliance costs harm small businesses. They are the jobs engine of the economy, and will pay the most. The Salt Lake Chamber endorses the excellent work performed by the Businesses with fewer than 20 The average regulatory cost for each executive branch at the direction of employees incur regulatory costs employee of a small business exceeds Gov. Herbert in the Utah Business 42%Higher $10,000 Regulation Review. This review resulted in 295 rule changes, 32 organizational changes and 41 statutory changes to improve the Utah economy. higher than larger businesses of up to 500 employees. per year. The Chamber will be vigilant in its efforts to continually improve Utah’s regulatory landscape. “Sometimes our economic or policy challenges become so big and so daunting that politicians, pundits and the media have to use dramatic or catastrophic images in nature to effectively describe them. The fiscal cliff comes to mind. Next up? The regulatory flood.” - Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce4 S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide
  7. 7. S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uideHill AirForce Base = 1,000 Direct Jobs = 1,000 Indirect Jobs 48,800 Jobs Annual PayrollThe Salt Lake Chamber salutes $1,060,000,000Hill Air Force Base for the vital Annual Expendituresmission it fulfills for our country andthe economic contribution it makes $1,010,000,000to our state. The base is a mainstay Annual value of indirect and induced spendingfor the Utah economy and deliversmilitary excellence to our nation. $1,060,000,000Utah business leaders pledge to Total annual economic impact (direct, indirect and induced) $3,130,000,000support Hill Air Force Base throughthe next round of Defense BaseClosure and Realignment. Source: Hill Air Force Base Economic Impact StatementRECENT ACCOMPLIS HMENTS Utah was named as the “Best State forn Job growth – The Utah economy created an estimated 48,000 jobs during 2012, enough to lower the unemployment rate to 5.2 percent and rank Utah among Business an elite group of top-performing states. Utah has now recovered all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession.n Marquee expansions – Prominent companies are expanding or relocating in Utah. Adobe, BioFire Diagnostics, Edward Life Sciences, EMC Corp., Exactware Solutions, Inc., Family Dollar, FLSmidth, Goldman Sachs, Vexxel, Xi3 and Workday are a few of the many examples of companies expanding in our state. and Careers”n USTAR – Utah’s high-achieving science initiative has by Forbes for the third consecutive year. attracted 50 catalyst-type interdisciplinary faculty to the Beehive State. Each faculty member is aligned in one of seven Utah Innovation Centers and engaged in research related to the state’s targeted industry clusters. USTAR research teams have attracted $131 million in federal and industry-sponsored grant funding to the state.Economic Development Le ader sChair: Jake Boyer, The Boyer Company Governors Economic Council Ron Jibson, Questar CorporationUtah on the Move – Chris Redgrave, Zions Bank Spencer Eccles, Chair, Governors Office of Mel Lavitt, Governors Office of EconomicCOMMITTEE MEMBERS – Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors – As the Economic Development Developmentprimary advisory board to the Salt Lake Chamber, each member of the Scott Anderson, Zions Bank Dinesh Patel, vSpringBoard serves as an ambassador for economic development throughout the Rob Behunin, Utah State University Pat Richards, Utah Symphony Utah Operastate: Peggy Larsen (WCF), Brett Okland (Okland Construction), Jason Perry Spencer Cox, CentraCom Interactive Randy Shumway, Cicero Group(University of Utah) and Ted McAleer (USTAR) also provide strategic support. Natalie Gochnour, Salt Lake Chamber Will West, Control4 5
  8. 8. “We now have a bold, innovative and business-minded plan for education that brings together education experts, state policy makers and the business community. The plan includes clear goals, essential metrics, targeted strategiesEducation Prosperity 2020 and the required investment to build the strongest economy in the nation.” Mark Bouchard, Chair, Prosperity 2020 and Senior Managing Director, CBRE The Salt Lake Chamber joins chambers of commerce and business associations throughout Utah in the Prosperity 2020 movement to improve the Utah economy by strengthening education. We commit our best efforts to improve innovation, accountability, efficiency and investment in Utah’s education system. For the past three years, Prosperity 2020 has worked with the Governor’s Educational Excellence Commission, our partners in the Legislature and education leadership to create a plan to build the strongest economy in the nation through purposeful innovation and investment in education. The plan has now been approved by the governor, Utah State Office of Education, Utah College of Applied Technology, Utah System of Higher Education and the Prosperity 2020 Founders’ Council. Legislative approval will be a major focus in the coming year. Prosperit y 2020 Goals n 90% – 90 percent of third, sixth and eighth graders will be proficient in reading and mathematics. Currently, approximately 80 percent meet this goal. n 66% – 66 percent of Utah adults will have postsecondary certificates or degrees. Currently, 43 percent meet this goal. n STEM Top 10 – The Greater Salt Lake Area will rank in the Top 10 metropolitan areas for science and technology jobs and businesses. Currently, we rank in the top 30. 6 S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide
  9. 9. S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide Utah’s big goal Postsecondary education attainment levels by 2020 (ages 25–64) 2010: 42.6%* 68,143 4.3%** 143,171 9.0% 315,627 19.9% 149,514 9.4% GOAL: 66% 221,100 13% 222,200 14% 466,700 28% 177,700 11% Board-approved Associate’s degree Bachelor’s degree Graduate or postsecondary professional certificates degree * 2010 census **highest postsecondary award Source: HigherEdUtah 2020, 2011 Prosperit y 2020 Legisl at ive Priorit ies Percent of Utahns with a Bachelor’s Degree By age cohort: 2009 Prosperity 2020 supports the following strategic priorities and 35% – Bachelor’s Degree Completion investments this year. Rates are Falling in Utah n Pass a joint resolution in the Utah Legislature endorsing 30% – 29.6% 30.3% the achievement of the 66 percent goal through increased 28.2% 25% – innovation and investment. 20% – n Make strategic investments toward the 66 percent goal: • Higher education – $20 million investment in capacity 15% – at Utah’s institutions of higher learning for high-growth, 10% – high-wage degrees (STEM and health professions). This investment will be matched by $20 million in institutional 5% – funding and innovations for more online courses, more 0% concurrent enrollment, increased use of instructional Current 45–64 Current 35–44 Current 25–34 technologies and other improvements. Age Group Age Group Age Group Source: American Community Survey, 2009 • Technical education –$9.75 million investment in increased capacity at the Utah College of Applied of top science and math schools, and other capacity- Technology campuses for a year-one commitment to building improvements. Prosperity 2020 also supports achieve 153,000 more certificates by 2020. the Beverley Sorenson Elementary Arts Learning Program • Public education – $43.6 million investment in our because of the important interplay of the arts, math, computer adaptive testing, early intervention and science and technology in the development of new ideas, programs for children at risk, ACT testing for every high products and services that improve our economy and school student, and promising STEM priorities such as an advance our life quality. educational resource center, expansion and replication Utah’s K-12 education funding effort ranks 29th among states Education revenues per $1,000 personal income$60 - U.S. Average$50 -$40 -$30 -$20 -$10 - 8 9 8 7 11 11 12 16 17 19 20 29 25 22 32 33 24 26 29 0- 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010Sources: Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Utah State Office of Education, Governor’s Budget Summaries. Calculations by Utah Foundation National Rank 7
  10. 10. QA & Q: What is Prosperity 2020? Q: Why focus on 66 percent? A: The largest business-led movement to enhance education in state history. Seventeen chambers of commerce and industry associations from throughout the state support Prosperity 2020 and more A: A seminal study conducted at Georgetown University projected that by 2018, 66 percent of the jobs in Utah will require postsecondary education. To fulfill this economic potential as a state we must organizations sign on every year. increase degrees and certificates awarded each year by four percent. Success begins early. Utah business leaders desire to Q: have 90 percent of third, sixth and eighth graders proficient in Why is reading and math by 2020. Q: Prosperity 2020 important? What are Utah A: In a globally competitive, information-based economy, education is the path to enduring prosperity. The jobs of the 21st Century will flow to centers of knowledge and innovation. Prosperity businesses doing to help achieve the 66 2020 seeks to enhance Utah’s competitive advantage in the percent goal? A: area of educational excellence. Business leaders launched the Prosperity Q: 2020 Business Promise to deploy 20,200 Why are volunteers in Utah classrooms with the goal of helping children learn reading, math and other critical skills. business leaders A: concerned? In recent years, many Utah companies have Q: Who leads Prosperity 2020? A: found it difficult to hire the skilled workers they need, particularly in the science and A Business Executive Leadership Council technology occupations. A closer look reveals Utah students comprised of leading Utah companies and perform below peer states on national tests and Utah young small businesses direct the movement (see adults attain less education than their parents’ generation. the list on the opposing page). The Salt Lake Chamber serves Importantly, Utah’s population is becoming much more as the backbone organization. racially and ethnically diverse, which creates cultural and language barriers for learning. The combination of skilled labor shortages, disappointing educational outcomes and rapid growth in racial/ethnic populations has motivated To learn more, visit Utah business leaders to step up and help enhance education in Utah.8 S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide
  11. 11. S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide “This isUtah’s minority share of the population is increasing rapidlyMinority share of population50% - about 45%45% - 40%40% - 35% 34%35% - the future 31% 32%30% - 27% 24% 25%25% - 22% 20% of Utah.”20% - 19% 19% 15%15% - 10%10% - 8% 8% 9% 5% - 0% Gov. Gary Herbert speaking to business leaders 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 2030 about the importance of education Utah Salt Lake County U.S.Source: Bureau of the Census and the Univ. of Utah, Bureau of Economic and Business ResearchRecent Accomplishments n Increased accountability and improved teaching tools – Prosperity 2020 worked hand-in-hand with the governorn Volunteers – Prosperity 2020 launched the Business and the Utah Legislature to invest in assessment Promise Initiative—committing 20,200 volunteers to assist technology for schools that will provide timely and in Utah classrooms, with particular focus on reading and accurate data on student performance. This technology math skills in elementary schools and scholarships for increases accountability at all levels— students, teachers, higher education. administrators, parents and elected officials.n STEM education and workforce partnership – Convened n Collective action – The Prosperity 2020 movement is the leaders in industry, government and education to identify largest education movement in Utah history and continues best practices in science, technology, engineering and math to grow. education that will elevate Utah to be one of the top tech centers in the U.S. and fuel the state economy.Ta sk Force BUSINESS MemberShipFounders Council South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce David Golden, Wells FargoCitizens for Educational Excellence St. George Area Chamber of Commerce Alan Hall, MarketStarEconomic Development Corporation of Utah Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Gordy Haycock, Grant ThorntonFriends of Utah Higher Education Wayne County Business Association Mary Ann Holladay, Holladay & AssociatesGovernor’s Office of Economic Development Carol Hunter, Rocky Mountain PowerJunior Achievement of Utah Business Executive Leadership Council Clark Ivory, Ivory HomesUnited Way of Salt Lake CHAIR: Mark Bouchard, CBRE Ron Jibson, Questar CorporationUtah Foundation Gary Carlston, Senior Public Education Policy Advisor Nolan Karras, Investment Management ResearchUtah Technology Council Paul Thompson, Emeritus Senior Higher Education David Layton, Layton Construction CompanyWorld Trade Center Utah Policy Advisor Richard Linder, Coherex MedicalBrigham City Area Chamber of Commerce Vicki Varela, Senior Communication Consultant Stan Lockhart, IM FlashCache Valley Chamber Jeff Alexander, Alexander’s Print Advantage Tom Love, Love CommunicationsCedar City Area Chamber of Commerce Scott Anderson, Zions Bank Brent Low, MediaOne of UtahChamberWest Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber Bob Marquardt, Management & Training CorporationEast Valley Chamber of Commerce Bruce Bingham, Hamilton Partners Rich McKeown, Leavitt PartnersDavis Chamber of Commerce Jake Boyer, The Boyer Company Andrea Moss, American ExpressLehi Area Chamber of Commerce Roger Boyer, The Boyer Company Jeff Nelson, Nelson LaboratoriesMoab Area Chamber of Commerce Mona Burton, Holland & Hart Scott Parson, Staker Parson CompaniesMurray Area Chamber of Commerce Keith M. Buswell, Wadman Corporation Ray Pickup, WCFOgden/Weber Chamber of Commerce Lori Chillingworth, Zions Bank Patricia Richards, SelectHealthPark City Chamber Wilford Clyde, Clyde Companies Kelly Sanders, Rio Tinto - Kennecott Utah CopperRichfield Area Chamber Lew Cramer, World Trade Center Utah Randy Shumway, Cicero GroupSalt Lake Chamber Jeff Edwards, Economic Development Corporation of UtahSandy Area Chamber of Commerce Rick Folkerson, Ken Garff Automotive GroupSouth Jordan Chamber of Commerce Kem Gardner, The Gardner Company 9
  12. 12. “We have made a substantial investment in our mobility infrastructure. Today, with one of the fastest growing populations in the nation, our challenge is to capitalize onTransportation our past investments and continue to invest for the future, so we can keep the Delivering for Utah commerce of one of the nation’s strongest economies flowing through our state.” — Lane Beattie, President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber Statement of Principles n Mobility is critical to economic prosperity – A safe and efficient transportation system creates the foundation for economic growth, personal prosperity and improved life quality. As the state population is projected to nearly double by 2040, we must ensure that our state’s transportation system will be able to keep up with population growth. n Technological innovation – We embrace technological advances and design innovations that enhance the efficiency and safety of our transportation systems, expand their scope, improve user satisfaction and protect Utah’s air quality. Polic y Posit ion s n Disciplined planning – Such dynamic growth requires a long-term view and stable, adequate funding. Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan: 2011–2040 addresses this planning need. Developed collaboratively by Utah’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (Cache MPO, Dixie MPO, Mountainland Association of Governments and Wasatch Front Regional Council), Utah Department of Transportation and Utah Transit Authority, the Unified Plan forecasts statewide demand on Utah’s mobility system based on population and economic growth. It also comprehensively addresses capacity expansion, operation and maintenance of Utah’s transportation systems, including state and local roads, and public transit. n Disciplined investment – Users should bear the primary responsibility for funding Utah’s mobility infrastructure. User fees should be increased and/or expanded in innovative ways in order to meet critical mobility needs, and should be adjusted over time to keep pace with inflation. Prudent use of financing techniques—such as bonding—should be considered to take advantage of historically low interest rates and favorable construction costs. Such funding should also be adequate, stable and transparent. 2013 Public Polic y Priorit ies n Preserve and maintain – Utah must protect its substantial transportation investment by properly preserving and maintaining the state-of-the-art transportation assets we have already put in place. Financial case for highway maintenance Very Poor Rehabilitation $ 6 Maintenance Cost Road Condition/ Reconstruction Preservation $ 1 $ 10 Very Good 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Years 10 S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide
  13. 13. S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide 40 % 24 14 .5¢ .7¢ Buying The power ofmotor fuel tax has in inflation- declined Since 1997 is now worth adjusted termsCents per mile paid by drivers has declined from 0.8 cents in 1998 to 0.6 cents in 2011. At current rates, cents per mile is projected to decline to 0.3 cents by 2020.n Transparent and stable funding – Funding for transportation n Mountain View Corridor – This project will connect the in Utah must be stable and keep up with inflation. western sides of Salt Lake and Utah counties, alleviating pressure on Utah’s primary north-south corridor, I-15. Ninen Raise awareness – We support the Utah Mobility Coalition’s miles of this phased construction is already complete in effort to educate legislators and the public about the Salt Lake County and over three miles of frontage road are positive return-on-investment that adequately funding complete in Utah County. Already featuring designated bike transportation provides. It is essential to our economic lanes in all completed miles of the project, the MVC will prosperity and air quality. provide 21 miles of trails when completed.Recent Accomplishments n Mountain transportation system - The Salt Lake Chamber has a long history of support for Utah’s ski industry. Wen I-15 CORE project – The largest public works project in support development that advances Utah’s ski industry state history is now complete. It has added 10 freeway and protects natural amenities, including wildlife and interchanges and replaced or restored 55 aging bridges in watershed, which are important to our long-term prosperity Utah County. and quality of life. Future developments should be a netn FrontLines 2015 – The south FrontRunner line opened in positive for the environment and pass a rigorous local December 2012. In 2013, the Draper and Airport TRAX lines process that covers land use, water quality, wildlife and will begin operating. other environmental matters. Any resort development should be considered as part of a larger strategic plan thatn Sugar House Streetcar – The Sugar House Streetcar will encourages transit and maintains Utah’s mountains as operate between South Salt Lake and Sugar House. It is unique long-term environmental and economic assets for scheduled to open in late 2013. future generations. n Bus rapid transit – In addition to the highly successful n Flex Lanes – Utah’s first ever “flex lanes” were opened BRT being used in West Valley City, other BRT routes are in 2012 on 5400 South between Bangerter Highway and currently being developed. Redwood Road. These lanes are an effective way to improven Transit innovation – Studies of other innovative transit traffic flow using the existing roadway. options are underway and pilot projects are being contemplated. These include wireless electric buses and mountain transit.Ta sk Force Industry MemberShipCHAIR: Abby Albrecht, Granite Construction Company Neil Hafer, Enterprise Holdings Matt Riffkin, InterPlanMichael Allegra, Utah Transit Authority Dan Harbeke, Union Pacific Railroad Neka Roundy, Davis County Economic DevelopmentDavid Allred, CR England Dave Hardman, Ogden / Weber Chamber Michael Seare, KiewitMike Alter, Geneva Rock Products Greg Hardy, Chevron Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities & TownsDes Barker, Chevron Brandi Honey, Skywest Airlines Jim Smith, Davis Chamber of CommerceMark Brennan, Ames Construction Tom Hori, REDCON Michael Smith, American Council of Engineering CompaniesKenneth Bullock, Utah League of Cities & Towns Linda Hull, Utah Department of Transportation Suzanne Somers, Somers-Jaramillo & AssociatesDeborah Burney-Sigman, Breathe Utah Andrew Jackson, Mountainland Association of Governments Brad Sweet, Granite Construction CompanyRick Chesnut, Terracon Rob Jolley, RRJ Consulting Richard Thorn, Associated General ContractorsRichard Clasby, Utah Trucking Association Sam Klemm, Wasatch Front Regional Council Kip Wadsworth, Ralph L. Wadsworth ConstructionBill Cook, Ogden City Council Stephen Kroes, Utah Foundation LaVarr Webb, The Exoro GroupChad England, CR England Doug Larsen, Weber Economic Development Partnership Mike Winder, West Valley CityDan England, CR England Andrea Packer, Utah Transit AuthorityBrent Gardner, Utah Association of Counties Stan Parrish, Sandy Area Chamber of CommerceAndrew Gruber, Wasatch Front Regional Council Scott Parson, Staker Parson Companies 11
  14. 14. “The Salt Lake Chamber has provided a consistent and reasonable voice in the national immigration discussion. The time is right to reform our outdated immigration system.Immigration Comprehensive reform will strengthen our economy and society.” Brian Bethers, 1-800-Contacts THE UTA H COMPACT A declaration of five principles to guide Utah’s immigration discussion n FEDERAL SOLUTIONS – Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries—not Utah and other countries. We urge Utah’s congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Utah. n LAW ENFORCEMENT – We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code. n FAMILIES – Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Utah children. n ECONOMY – Utah is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Utah’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state. n A FREE SOCIETY – Immigrants are integrated into communities across Utah. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Utah should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill. 12 S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide
  15. 15. S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide NationalPolic y Posit ion sn Mandatory electronic verification – We support a national Immigration electronic verification system for new employees that reduces the existing regulatory burden on business. This less-onerous system should be implemented by all 50 Forum states, merged with the I-9 verification process to eliminate duplication and include visa reform that ensures access to critical labor. We oppose revocation of business licenses as a penalty for non-compliance. In the event the federal government grants Utah waivers to implement the Utah Guest Worker law, a mandatory state-level verification system would be workable.n In-state tuition – We support extending educational opportunities to all Utah residents. Children who have attended three or more years of high school in Utah should be eligible for in-state tuition. 
2013 Public Polic y Priorit iesn Federal solutions – We call on our elected officials to advance comprehensive immigration reform that is consistent with the principles of The Utah Compact. We ask Photo: Jack Gordon for Utah’s congressional delegation to unite in common purpose, and work as a team to reform America’s broken The Salt Lake Chamber played a critical role in drafting immigration system. We are encouraged political leaders The Utah Compact. The five principles of the Compact from both major parties are calling for civil, compassionate guided Utahs immigration reform efforts, resulted in Utah and comprehensive reform efforts. passing the Utah Solution—landmark legislation that balanced the legitimate need for improved enforcementn Improve and replace Utah Guest Worker law – Utah law with the very real economic and human needs associated provides a way for existing residents who pass a criminal with immigration reform. background check and meet basic health and insurance requirements to work in our state legally. This statute can In December 2012, Salt Lake Chamber Executive Vice and should be improved, but it must not be repealed. We President Natalie Gochnour traveled to Washington, D.C. to oppose new legislation that detracts from the Utah Solution. join 250 leaders from 26 states at the National Immigration Reasonable refinements, such as implementation contingent Forums strategy session. The powerful bipartisan alliance upon federal approval, merit further consideration. 
 of faith, law enforcement and business leaders called for federal immigration reform in early 2013.Ta sk Force BUSINESS MemberShipCHAIR: Tim Wheelwright, Kuck Immigration Partners David Garbett, Garbett Homes Genevie Olivares, Shumway Van & HansenCarlos Alegre, Granite Construction Company Sharon Garn, Senator Orrin G. Hatch Roger Parsell, Sysco IntermountainJeff Alexander, Alexanders Print Advantage Tom Guinney, Gastronomy Scott Parson, Staker Parson CompaniesBrian Bethers, 1-800-Contacts Chris Hipwell, ABC-Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Ray Pickup, WCFMark Compton, Utah Mining Association Tom Hori, REDCON Stan Rasmussen, The Sutherland InstituteTodd Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association Deneece Huftalin, Salt Lake Community College Mike Reberg, Congressman Jim MathesonCynthia Bioteau, Salt Lake Community College Clark Ivory, Ivory Homes Alan Rindlisbacher, Layton Construction CompanyMelanie H. Bowen, Senator Orrin G. Hatch Scott Jenkins, Utah State Senate Rebecca Sanchez, Salt Lake County Mayors OfficeJake Boyer, The Boyer Company Jonathan Johnson, Jennifer Seelig, 1-800-ContactsMark Brennan, Ames Construction Jason Keith, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Jennifer Somers, Congressman Rob BishopLonnie Bullard, Jacobsen Construction Company Bill Lee, Senator Mike Lee Alice Steiner, Utah Transit AuthorityPatrick Burt, Kipp & Christian Attorneys of Law P.C. Ted McAleer, USTAR Paul Torres, Manuels Fine FoodsDiego Carroll, Parsons Brinckerhoff Roger McConkie, Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler Roger Tsai, Holland & HartWilford Clyde, Clyde Companies Lynn McMurray, Kirton & McConkie Steven Tyler, Holland & HartMary Kate Ivory, Ivory Homes Barbara Melendez, Kuck Immigration Partners Vicki Varela, Vicki Varela Strategic CommunicationsSpencer Eccles, Governors Office of Economic Development Doug Moody, Solution Services Winston Wilkinson, Salt Lake CountyElizabeth Garbe, United Way of Salt Lake Brett Okland, Okland Construction Company Joe Zeidner, 1-800-Contacts 13
  16. 16. “Clean air benefits everyone’s quality of life.  It also helps Utah’s tourism industry, corporate recruitment efforts, regulatory environment and, ultimately, the economy. The Chamber has been a leader on this issueClean Air for a long time because we know business can make a difference.” —Jonathan Johnson, Statement of Principles n Balance economic interests – We must carefully address air quality issues while minimizing the cost to business. Without action we may lose federal highway funding, garner additional regulatory burdens and impair economic development and corporate recruitment. n Private sector solutions – Clean air makes good business sense and the business community will be a significant part of the solution. The Chamber is leading a private sector initiative to promote and recognize voluntary clean air practices for businesses.  n Personal responsibility – As a shared public resource, our air quality is susceptible to the “tragedy of the commons” that occurs when rational choices by individuals—choosing to benefit from a community resource—damage the common resource. In the greater Salt Lake area, more than half of the pollutant particles in the air come from motor vehicles. We all have a role in keeping our air clean. Business, citizens and government share our roads and each should do its part to drive cleaner and smarter.  Polic y Posit ion s n Federal regulatory compliance – The Chamber supports efforts to comply with current federal air quality standards. Reaching compliance will limit regulatory burdens on business and help secure future federal highway funding. The Chamber remains actively engaged and supportive of the Division of Air Quality’s PM2.5 State Implementation Plan. n Clean air and economic development – We support efforts to promote the importance of clean air to the Utah economy and its impact on the state’s economic development efforts. In particular, we support: • The work of the Legislative Economic Increased ridership of mass Development Task Force and its focus transit, especially prior to and on air quality on poor air days • The creation of a suite of properly Energy conservation by placed incentives or low/no interest weatherization, purchase of loan programs to incentivize action, Energy Star rate products and including efforts that encourage: phasing out old pilot lights Purchases of cleaner burning • Gov. Herbert’s UCAIR initiative as a vehicles, with an emphasis on coordinating entity for the various fleet vehicles air quality efforts in our state to help unify clean air messaging and promote Implementation of no idling policies beneficial changes in behavior and idle monitoring systems for corporate fleets 14 S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide
  17. 17. S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide The Clean Air Champions program is a business-led initiative to promote and recognize voluntarily implemented clean air practices. The program website,, highlights best business practices for clean air that benefit an organization’s bottom line. Some highlighted practices include:1 3 Granite Office operates a compressed natural gas (CNG) incentivizes employees who participate fleet of delivery vehicles.  This dedicated CNG fleet not in the corporate carpool program. Carpoolers can only achieves significant reduction of emissions, but receive as much as $80 per month each and are given also allows Granite Office to offer reduced delivery costs preferred parking places. All carpool groups are listedand maintain its free same-day delivery policy.  Granite Office is on the company intranet by geographical location so employeescurrently saving approximately $2,500 in fuel costs per month. can find groups close to where they live.2 4 UPS utilizes technology to optimize travel routes Parsons Behle & Latimer encourages employees to drive and minimize left-hand turns to reduce vehicle travel less on poor air days and reimburses for any additional and idle time. UPS managers combine personal and costs of utilizing alternative transportation on such historical experience with computer programs to days. The firm annually participates in Clear the Airdesign efficient delivery routes that have saved UPS more Challenge and incentivizes employee participation via weeklythan 10 million gallons of fuel since 2004. prize drawings and public transit passes. During that month alone, firm employees collectively save approximately $3,500.n Fleet conversion – We support efforts, over time, to convert n Launched the Clean Air Ambassadors program – The a significant portion of state and private sector fleets to Chamber unveiled the Clean Air Ambassador program, a natural gas, electric, hybrid or cleaner burning engine collaborative initiative bringing together members from vehicles. We will continue to support efforts to increase government, business, nonprofit, health, economics and production of alternative fuel vehicles. science to teach community leaders how they can inform others about the realities of air quality, its importance ton Increase availability of natural gas – Utah has abundant our economy, existing air quality efforts and resources and inexpensive natural gas reserves. We support available to help clean our air. environmentally responsible expansion of Utah’s natural gas infrastructure and encourage business, organizations n Produced “Utah Air Quality 101” – This eight-page, and individuals throughout the state to explore natural gas educational brochure outlines the business case for clean vehicle options to help improve air quality. air, the challenges we face and strategies to improve air quality. Available in print and web formats, this documentRecent Accomplishments will help Utahns understand the basics of air quality.n Clean Air Champions ( – n Hosted 2nd Annual Clean Air Conference – The Business This business-led initiative encourages Utah companies to Case for Clean Air convened close to 100 business leaders voluntarily implement clear air practices, recognizing those to discuss and emphasize the economic importance of businesses that participate in and demonstrate the value of clean air. such practices. Since its launch, more than 50 companies have enrolled as Clean Air Champions.Ta sk Force BUSIneSS MemberShipCHAIR: Jonathan Johnson, Jeff Edwards, Economic Development E. Blaine Rawson, Ray Quinney & NebekerStacee Adams, Department of Environmental Quality Corporation of Utah Irene Rizza, Utah Clean Cities CoalitionC. Lance Allen, Waste Management of Utah Mark Eggett, Sysco Intermountain Dave Robertson, CBREAlan Anderson, ChamberWest Kim Frost, Economic Development Stephen Sands, Rio Tinto - Kennecott Utah CopperDes Barker, Rio-TInto - Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation of Utah Elizabeth Schulte, Parsons Behle & LatimerVicki Bennett, City of Salt Lake Carl Galbraith, Questar Gas Company Don Schulthies, Wal-Mart StoresSteve Bergstrom, Intermountain Healthcare Andrew Gruber, Wasatch Front Regional Council Matt Sibul, Utah Transit AuthorityKip Billings, Wasatch Front Regional Council Greg Hardy, Chevron Rob Simmons, Utah Office of Energy DevelopmentJosh Brown, Rio Tinto - Kennecott Utah Copper Gary Harter, Governors Office of Economic Development Brett Slack, Comcast Cable CommunicationsDouglas Carver, Carver Energy Services Karen Hevel-Mingo, Breathe Utah Pike Sowle, Goldman, Sachs & Co.Phil Case, Fluid Studio G.J. LaBonty, Utah Transit Authority R. Tee Spjute, Shumway Van & HansenJen Colby, University of Utah Kate Lilja Lohnes, City of Salt Lake Robert Storey, Zions BankJim Crowder, Enterprise Holdings MK Mortensen, Grant Thornton Mike Tait, American Express Centurion BankMike Dalley, Staker Parson Companies Jon Osier, Rio Tinto - Kennecott Utah Copper Sherry Weaver, The CanyonsQuinn Dietlein, Hale Centre Theatre Angelo Papastamos, UDOT TravelWise 15
  18. 18. “The Salt Lake Chamber is leading the way on controlling costs in health care. If businesses utilize the Employer’s Toolbox, they can save money and strengthen market forces that will ultimatelyHealth System Reform dictate the future of health reform.”  Rich McKeown, President and CEO, Leavitt Partners Statement of Principles n Reform based on market principles – We support reform that applies market principles to contain costs and improve health. Such reform includes increasing transparency of cost and quality, as well as fostering competition and providing incentives for patients, doctors, hospitals and insurers to utilize resources in ways that lead to measurably better outcomes. n Controlling costs – We support bold action to contain unsustainable health care costs, including minimizing the growth of insurance costs to all businesses. n Health of Utahns – A healthy workforce is necessary to a productive business community. We support reform that addresses the growing epidemic of obesity and lifestyle-induced diseases, and results in better health for Utahns. Polic y Posit ion s n The Health System Reform Business Bill of Rights
and Responsibilities summarizes the Chamber’s position on health system reform efforts. 
 2013 Public Polic y Priorit ies n Repeal of the Medical Device Tax – The Salt Lake Chamber supports the repeal of the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax on gross revenue that was passed in the Affordable Care Act. This tax will impede American innovation that creates jobs and saves lives. It will also immediately result in layoffs at medical device manufacturing companies. n Medicaid expansion – We support a comprehensive analysis of expansion in the context of wider health system reform. We favor a measured approach that recognizes the necessity of balancing the financial ability of the state with the needs of Utahns. This approach also includes efforts to apply market principles to any possible expansion, such as utilizing Medicaid dollars through the employer market or a health insurance exchange. n Improve Employer’s Toolbox – In 2012, the Chamber outlined about a dozen strategies for employers to contain health care costs. The Chamber will add several strategies to this list in 2013. n Addressing physician workforce shortage — Only three states have fewer physicians per capita than Utah. To address this shortage, the Salt Lake Chamber supports state funding for 40 additional student seats per year at the University of Utah’s medical school. Because 93 percent of Utah’s medical school class each year are Utah residents or have strong Utah ties, this expanded class will meaningfully address our physician shortage while tremendously benefitting our state. 16 S alt L a k e C hamber 2 0 1 3 P ublic P olicy G uide