Advocacy 2018

DC Chamber sets Robust Advocacy Agenda for 2018
The DC Chamber of Commerce continues its successful advocacy efforts from 2017 in the new year, advocating for business-friendly policies with the DC Council and the Office of the Mayor. The business community contributes significantly to DC's vibrant economy in order to make the District more attractive and to remain competitive in the region and nationally.

Advocacy 2017

DC Chamber Testifies before the Committee of the Whole, Nov. 1, 2017
Many DC Chamber members, who do business with the District, have over the years, raised concerns about receiving timely payment even though there exists a Quick Payment Act. As a Chamber that supports advocating for business-friendly policies, it is essential we advocate for the concerns of the business community, and support the Committee of the Whole as it seeks to ensure prompt payment is delivered to private-sector contractors who provide goods and services to the District government through Bill 22-439, Quick Payment Amendment Act of 2017.
Testimony of Erika Wadlington, Director of Public Policy & Programs.

DC Chamber President & CEO Vincent Orange Testifies at Committee of the Whole, Oct. 10, 2017
The “Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016” established a District-run paid leave program for individuals employed in the District, and provides for eight weeks of parental leave, six weeks of family leave, and two weeks of medical leave. The DC Chamber does not object to the paid leave benefits. However, it does object to the funding of the paid leave benefits by imposing a 0.62 percent tax on the business community generating annually nearly $250 million of tax revenue of which nearly $160 million will fund paid leave benefits for non-residents of the District. The DC Chamber commented on Bill 22-130, the “Paid Leave Compensation Act of 2017,” Bill 22-133, the “Universal Paid Leave Compensation for Workers Amendment Act of 2017,” Bill 22-302, the “Large Employer Paid-Leave Compensation Act of 2017,” Bill 22-325, the “Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2017,” and Bill 22-334, the “Universal Paid Leave Pay Structure Amendment Act of 2017.”
Testimony of Vincent Orange, President & CEO.

DC Chamber Testifies at Committee of the Whole, Oct. 10, 2017
The DC Chamber supports its member companies that appreciate the DC Council taking another look at the financing mechanism for universal paid leave, as well as the Committee’s interest in reviewing the components of the program administration. About the administrative, compliance and enforcement provisions in the proposed bills, particularly Bill 22-334, the “Universal Paid Leave Pay Structure Amendment Act of 2017,” the DC Chamber would like to work with the Committee on language that ensures the reporting requirements are simple and not overly burdensome, on amendments to what is considered unlawful practices that are action driven and responsive but do not dampen enforcement activity. We would also like to work on provisions that would reduce the punitive aspects and costs of the law not increase them.
Testimony of Erika Wadlington, Director of Public Policy & Programs.

DC Chamber Testifies before the Committee on Business & Economic Development, Oct. 2, 2017
The DC Chamber is working to expand the economy in the District by attracting new jobs and creating economic opportunities for our members and citizens. The DC Chamber also focuses on issues that impact our future growth and community development, including workforce development, international trade, regulatory and tax reform. As such, the DC Chamber support sand encourages the DC Council to pass Bill 22-335, The Ward 4 Full-Service Grocery Store Amendment Act of 2017.
Testimony of Erika Wadlington, Director of Public Policy & Programs.

DC Chamber Testifies before the DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment, Sept. 25, 2017
The DC Chamber of Commerce believes in job growth and creation, and working collaboratively with all of its stakeholders (government, employees, and community) to make the District of Columbia a great place to live, and to start and grow a business. While the DC Chamber understands the intent behind The Transportation Benefits Equity Act of 2017, and believes while well intentioned, it would cumulatively add to the regulatory burden local businesses face and will injure the very job creators the District seeks to recruit into its neighborhoods to provide greater opportunities to DC residents. As such, the DC Chamber cannot support Bill 22-175, as drafted.
Testimony of Erika Wadlington, Director of Public Policy & Programs.

DC Chamber Work Pays Off on Business Tax Cuts
On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the DC Chamber of Commerce saw the fruits of its hard work and advocacy for business-friendly policies pay off with the DC Council. The business community prevailed in maintaining some $100 million of scheduled tax cuts proposed by the DC Tax Revision Commission – about 19 percent of the tax cuts go toward ensuring the DC corporate franchise tax is reduced to the 8.25 percent rate. Further increasing the District's competitive economy by lowering the  business tax rate to that of our neighbor, the state of Maryland.
Letter to the DC Council from DC Chamber, business groups and businesses.

DC Chamber Testifies before the Committee of the Whole, May 12, 2017
The DC Chamber, its members and the hundreds of thousands of employees they employ pay millions of dollars in tax revenue annually to the District. The DC Chamber urges the Committee to impose no additional fiscal burdens on businesses in the fiscal year 2018 Proposed Budget Support Act and Request Act of 2017. In 2018, approximately $20 million out of the $100 million in revenue will go to corporate tax reductions, this represents about 19 percent of the scheduled tax relief as recommended in the proposed budget and will bring DC’s corporate tax rate to 8.25 percent aligning the District’s corporate tax structure with that of its neighboring Maryland counties and at least closer to Virginia’s corporate franchise rate.
Testimony of Erika Wadlington, Director of Public Policy & Programs.

DC Chamber Testifies before the Committee on Finance & Revenue, May 8, 2017
The DC Chamber also focuses on issues that impact our future growth and community development, including workforce development, international trade, and tax reform. The DC Chamber submitted its comments on Bill 22-45, the “East End Commercial Real Property Tax Rate Reduction Amendment Act of 2017”; Bill 22-202, the “East End Grocery and Retail Incentive Program Tax Abatement Act of 2017; and Bill 22-218, the “Relieve High Unemployment Tax Incentives Act of 2017. It is important for the growth and development of our jurisdiction that we focus on economic diversification and policies that support the interest of the business community and foster job creation.
Testimony of the DC Chamber.