The Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works to provide effective governmental advocacy on behalf of the Hispanic business community to promote the interests of the small and ethnic business community toward the overall economic development of the region.
The Regional Advocacy and Legislative Committee‘s are responsible for monitoring and developing business advocacy initiatives in the local community and the state of California. They also stay on top of issues that impact our business owners.
The Regional Advocacy committee addresses regional issues that work in favor of local businesses and that build a strong local economy. The committee addresses issues including public policy, ordinances, zoning, budgets, ballot measures, licensing/permits, etc.
The committee focuses its attention with the following prioritization:
- City of Sacramento
- Sacramento county
- Surrounding six counties (El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba)
- Cities within surrounding six counties
The Legislative Committee focuses its attention primarily on State legislative issues. As appropriate the committee also addresses national issues.
The Chamber’s Policy Platform provides areas on which the Legislative Committee focuses its efforts. These are derived using input from membership and serve as a guide for discussions and decisions made by the Board of Directors and the committee.
Issue #1: State Business Friendliness. California has an environment that is more burdensome on businesses than most states. The SHCC advocates in areas related to taxation, workers comp, business incentives and other factors that affect the cost and ease of conducting business in California. The Chamber also supports reduced regulatory and bureaucratic barriers that place added burdens on businesses or create competitive disadvantages.
Issue #2: Economic Development. A variety of factors feed into the development of the economy. Among these are: access to capital, workforce availability, business attraction, development, transportation etc. The SHCC advocates for issues that will build our regional economy and create a strong environment in which to do business.
Issue #3: Healthcare Reforms. Among the costs of business are costs associated with healthcare. With national reforms under consideration, the SHCC supports efforts to reduce the cost of health insurance and increase the number of those with health insurance. It likewise opposes initiatives that place undue mandates on or shifts healthcare costs to business.
Issue #4: Education/Workforce Development. The quality of our future workforce relies on education. The SHCC advocates for legislation that will lead to increased percentages of high school educated Latinos and that will help the workforce obtain the skills demanded by the region’s business community.