Illinois unites statewide chambers of commerce with economic stimulus package
The Quad Cities Chamber joins nearly fifty chambers across the state in urging the Illinois Legislature to provide additional economic and regulatory relief to businesses through a coalition called Chambers All In for economic recovery.
last spring, Chambers All In for economic recovery launched its inaugural platform. The coalition has released its updated platform for 2022, which includes:
- Use funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to help replenish the unemployment trust fund and ease the impending financial drain on state businesses.
- Provide legal protections to employers who follow safety guidelines established by the CDC against claims that COVID-19 was contracted in the workplace.
- Restructure the phasing out of the minimum wage credit to allow small businesses to grasp the original intent of the credit.
- Extend the EDGE credit sunset clause for ten years and use the tax credit as an incentive to attract new businesses to the state and allow existing businesses to grow and expand.
If adopted, the coalition’s platform will create a foundation for economic recovery by helping to reduce the financial hardship businesses face amid labor shortages, spur economic development and recover. devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, Chambers All In for economic recovery calls for collaborative solutions to the state’s ongoing workforce challenges. The coalition recognizes the importance of having a ready, willing, and skilled workforce to the future of our state’s economy. We call on the State of Illinois to develop innovative programs, support pilot programs, invest in K-12 career awareness programs, and help scale education programs. successful workforces for other communities and industries. We urge Illinois legislators to create an environment and funding models that allow the private sector to drive employer demand for training.
Nearly 50 chambers across the state representing thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of employees are calling on the Illinois Legislature to uphold this platform and provide relief to the business community.
“All-in allows us to collaborate with other chambers as one voice with Illinois legislators,” said Rhonda Ludwig, director of government affairs for the Quad Cities Chamber. “It gives the Chamber an additional way to share our solutions to workforce challenges.”
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