Public Policy News

Here you’ll find out who’s making the decisions shaping our community: Policy-makers are always busy creating new ways to advance the Madison region. Stay informed on the latest policies that may impact the way you do business.

Apprenticeships Build Career Pathways

Apprenticeship programs are a great way for businesses to partner with employees who learn hands-on skills as they build career pathways.  The Greater Chamber of Commerce partners with the Madison Metropolitan School District for placement of high school students through the state’s Youth Apprenticeship Program and supports Wisconsin Senate Bill 336/Assembly Bill 402 which would increase state funding for the…read more →

Governor Signs Venture Capital Bill

MILWAUKEE – Last Week, Governor Walker signed Act 41, providing much-needed investment capital support for early-stage Wisconsin companies. Act 41 makes the state a partner in a larger “fund of funds” that matches the state’s $25 million investment, set aside in the 2013-15 state budget, with at least $50 million in private investment. Chamber President Zach Brandon praised the bipartisan…read more →

Business and Labor Agree on Madison TIF Reform

Unified in support of needed reform to Madison’s Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) policy, the Greater Madison Chamber and the Building and Construction Trades of South-Central Wisconsin issued a joint letter to Mayor Soglin and Madison Alders supporting policy revisions which will grow the city’s property tax base. Although the existing TIF policy has successfully increased value throughout the city, research also…read more →

“Pay or Play” Delay: What Does It Mean? – Member Commentary from Barbara Zabawa, JD, MPH, Attorney and Health Care Team Leader for Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Last week, the US Treasury Department issued a shocking notice that it would delay the employer “pay or play requirement” until 2015.  This delay effectively gives employers more time to determine whether they must offer health coverage to their full-time employees and if they must, how much coverage to offer in order to avoid a $2,000 or $3,000 per full-time…read more →

Proposed fetal tissue ban impairs critical research and local jobs

The Greater Madison Chamber opposes an assembly bill that would ban breakthrough medical research taking place at UW-Madison and in our private sector bioscience community. Read the Chamber’s letter to state lawmakers on Assembly Bill 224 and what it would mean for lifesaving medical research, funding at the university and Wisconsin’s image of being a hub of innovation. The Greater Madison Chamber has taken a position opposing such bans since 2001.

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