State Chamber Release Legislative Agenda, Statement on Governor’s Budget Address
Harrisburg - Last week, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry released its 2024 Legislative Agenda, highlighting policy recommendations to improve the Commonwealth's competitiveness and economic strength. The PA Chamber has taken positions on responsible state spending, taxes, healthcare, energy and the environment, civil justice, transportation and infrastructure, labor, education, general business issues, and workforce.
Yesterday, Governor Shapiro gave his 2024 Budget Address, sharing the administration's priorities for the 2024 budget. In a release accompanying the address, Governor Shapiro said, "This budget proposal continues to get stuff done for Pennsylvanians by investing in economic development and higher education, funding k-12 education and Pre-K, building healthier, safer communities, and creating opportunity across our Commonwealth." The release also says that the budget proposal "maintains a balanced budget, does not raise taxes, and if every initiative is funded, projects an $11 billion surplus by the end of FY 2024-2025." Highlights of the Governor's address include education funding, workforce, higher education reforms and investments, a new state economic development strategy, support for public transportation, agriculture and the legalization of cannabis, child care, housing, health insurance and the reduction of medical debt, mental health, state police funding, further expansion of Clean Slate and criminal justice reforms, and more.
Together with chamber leaders from across the Commonwealth, the Columbia Montour Chamber is working diligently to understand the implications of both the state chamber's priorities and the Governor's, so we may advocate for you, our members. Your feedback is a critical component in this process, and we welcome your comments on the issues that impact your business.
To provide feedback to the Columbia Montour Chamber and its Governmental Affairs Committee so that our advocacy efforts may be best informed by your concerns and priorities, send us an email, here.