Issues

As the leading regional advocacy organization in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce works to influence lawmakers and other key decision makers on a number of local, state and federal issues important to improving the economy and quality of life in the Pittsburgh region. We promote public policies that increase our competitiveness regionally, nationally and globally. We urge cooperation and partnership among the public and private sectors and civic community to achieve these goals.

2020 Public Policy Priorities

Local

Local

  1. Support Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements and Investments
    • Continue to support the Bus-Rapid-Transit project
    • Support local transportation funding applications
    • Advocate for economic development projects of regional significance
  2. Encourage Improvements to Water Quality
    • Endorse delivery of safe and reliable drinking water to PWSA customers
    • Ensure progress on the ALCOSAN consent decree, with specific focus on eliminating overflows into our rivers and streams

State

State

  1. Build a More Competitive Business Climate
    • Advocate for corporate tax reforms
      • Reduce the CNI rate
      • Uncap the NOL carryforward provision
    • Encourage permitting and regulatory reforms
    • Support legal and unemployment compensation reforms
  2. Promote Reforms to our Criminal Justice System
    • Support criminal justice reforms that increase opportunities to rejoin the workforce and that provide all communities with additional economic opportunity
  3. Support Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements and Investments
    • Continue to support Act 89 of 2013, with particular focus on: 1) transfer payments to the Pennsylvania State Police from the Motor License Fund and 2) Act 44 transit funding
    • Begin discussions around future local funding options
  4. Advocate for a Statewide Non-Discrimination Law
    • Support legislation protecting LGBTQ residents from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation
  5. Encourage Advancements in Statewide Technology & Innovation Policies
    • Advocate for legislation and regulations that will enhance Pennsylvania’s innovation foundation and build a more competitive tech & innovation policy environment
  6. Support Energy & Environmental Policies that Align with our Sustainability Principles & Organizational Agenda
    • Encourage passage of the Energize PA bill package
    • Advocate for advancements in electric vehicle infrastructure and usage

Federal

Federal

  1. Support Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements and Investments
    • Advocate for continued investment in CIG and BUILD programs
    • Support lock and dam funding
    • Encourage recapitalization of the Highway Trust Fund
    • Support pro-innovation advancements to autonomous vehicle policies
  2. Advance the Public Perception of Immigration & Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    • Support H1-B and EB-5 Visa Reform
  3. Encourage Improvements to our Energy Industry
    • Continue to support a regional ethane storage hub
    • Ensure adequate NETL investment
    • Advocate for enhancements to our electric grid system and other regional energy assets
  4. Ensure Investments in Basic Federal Research and Development & Support Other Key Innovation Policies
    • Continue to support NIH and other federal research funding in SWPA

Download Our 2020 Public Policy Priorities