by James DeChene
Last week and this week Chamber Board of Directors have met with Leadership, and other members of the General Assembly, discussing the Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 legislative priorities. Items of discussion included efforts to modernize the Coastal Zone Act, education reform and workforce development challenges, strategies on how to structurally reform Delaware’s ailing budget and deficit situation, and what our members are seeing in Delaware around permitting issues and other impediments to economic growth. Major takeaways are that some of these priorities, like CZA, will see passage this year, while others, like some of the structural reforms, will be done over time.
Some of those reforms were started last session, as part of the DEFAC Taskforce on Revenues, and included modifications to how corporate income tax is calculated along with the expansion of the R&D tax credit. There remain important future changes to be made, and the Chamber welcomes member input on areas they feel could use revision, both from a taxation perspective, and if your company works with/for state government and can offer suggestions to increase efficiencies or identify other process impediments.
Also this week in Dover, a bill was tabled in committee that would have raised LLC registration fees by $25 (HB101). Next week expect the marijuana legalization bill to be heard in committee – the potential is high for Pecksniffian arguments surrounding the imperative for legalization, rather than a focus on the potential revenue to Delaware.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.