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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.


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.

Chamber Says Political Disclosure Ordinance Distracts from Real Challenges Facing the City

MADISON – In response to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin’s proposed political disclosure ordinance, Zach Brandon, president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce said: “The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce believes in, and demonstrates, transparency of political contributions and supports a fair and equitable awarding of procurement contracts. The Chamber does not support this proposed ordinance given the lack of…read more →

Step forward in immigration reform

Bipartisan momentum is building toward immigration reform aimed at improving job creation and growth. The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is supporting this initiative as a member of the Business for Skilled Worker Immigration Coalition – a nationwide partnership of 50 Chambers of Commerce. On May 21, 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the comprehensive immigration bill, Border Security, Economic Opportunity…read more →

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