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Public Policy Priorities

The primary mission of Chambers of Commerce is to advocate for an environment that ensures the health and prosperity of the community through strong and healthy businesses.  Part of that advocacy occurs through guidance to our government leaders, and seeking Tax policies and a regulatory environment that supports opportunities for growth, jobs creation, profitability and that strengthen the economic vitality of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and the surrounding region.

We strongly advocate for the elimination of governing policies that unnecessarily restrict the free flow of commerce and industry, vital to the creation and retention of jobs ensuring further economic prosperity.

Our chambers support governing policies that protect our environment and quality of life while sustaining a business climate that nourishes economic growth and sustainable management of our natural resources through stewardship that effectively supports our natural resource industry and sustains the health of our public lands.

Public Policy Purpose and Focus

The primary purpose of the Chambers’ public policy activity is to advocate for policies that create and sustain an environment of economic growth and prosperity, prioritizing wage and job growth.

  1. Our Chambers advocate for the elimination of governing policies that unnecessarily restrict the free flow of commerce and industry.
  2. Our Chambers support policies that protect our environment and quality of life. The Chambers support sustainable management of our natural resources which benefit both industry and the health of our public lands.
  3. Our Chambers support policies that provide sufficient infrastructure to support not only current but future business needs.
  4. Our Chambers strongly support workforce development, from early education to post-secondary programming to supply a highly skilled worker pool.

Legislative Priorities that we Support:

  1. Increased transportation investments by both ITD and local jurisdictions.
  2. Local option, voter approved sales tax authorization.
  3. The creation of a first-time home buyer’s pre-tax savings account.
  4. Educational programs focused on early childhood literacy, career-based learning opportunities, and post-secondary programming.
  5. Funding Medicaid expansion by increasing the tax on tobacco products and applying the same tax to electronic vaping products rather than limiting access to Medicaid.