2020 Leadership Summit

higher education attendance and decrease debt for in-state post-secondary students. • Support programs and initiatives to build the talent pipeline of NH’s workforce by identifying specific skills needed by businesses, aligning education and training with those needs, identifying and measuring outcomes, and improving early childhood learning opportunities. • Explore private and public incentives to keep students in New Hampshire upon graduation. • Support employer efforts to recruit, hire and retain foreign-born workers with legal standing. • Support employer efforts to capitalize on experience, facilitate an intergenerational workforce, and create a culture of mentorship, across sectors. • Advocate for policies that strengthen the early childhood system including increasing access to quality, affordable childcare to allow caregivers to return to the labor force. • Support efforts to establish a voluntary paid family medical leave program that balances the interests and needs of employers and employees, that is financially sound and administratively efficient. PRIORITY: BIA supports efforts that enhance outcomes and slow the growth of total health care costs for employers and the state. Positions include: • Support adequate funding to health care providers for Medicaid and other publicly supported health care programs and ensure equitable tax treatment of health care providers to reduce cost- shifting to the business community. • Support New Hampshire’s expanded Medicaid program while ensuring that BIA’s principles for expansion are observed. • Oppose new or expanded health insurance mandates. • Support efforts to address health care cost-drivers using data- driven, evidence-based cost management tools and health care delivery methods including, but not limited to telehealth. • Support health care reforms and regulatory frameworks that allow health care providers and insurance carriers to collaborate, integrate and engage in collective discussions for the purpose of promoting higher quality outcomes and better access to care at a lower cost. • Review and evaluate cost-effective ways to provide health care to the uninsured and underinsured to reduce cost-shifting to the business community from uncompensated care. • Educate policy makers and business leaders about the value and economic benefits of substance misuse prevention, treatment and recovery and support policy initiatives that improve heath in the workplace. • Advocate for public policies that address mental health and substance use disorders, and chronic disease management. • Support tort reforms that reduce costs associated with medical malpractice and result in more affordable and available medical malpractice insurance. • Advocate for greater transparency and other approaches to address the high prices charged by manufacturers of prescription drugs and medical service providers. • Support adequate investment and prioritization of resources for public health networks and emergency management systems across the state by maximizing available federal funds and optimizing state investments. ENERGY PRIORITY: In order to improve business competitiveness, drive economic growth and increase employment, BIA will respond to New

England’s energy crisis by advocating for policies that ensure system reliability and lower long- and short-term energy costs. Positions include: • Advocate for state and regional policies and initiatives that enable the development and retention of low-cost, reliable sources of energy. • Support clear, consistent and balanced state siting policies that allow for timely development of energy infrastructure projects that improve system reliability, future capacity, access to a variety of resources and fuel supply, bring additional competitive energy sources to market, stimulate economic growth and reduce costs to businesses. • Ensure businesses are appropriately represented in the administrative and legislative process, including energy infrastructure site selection. • Oppose weakening the existing business protection provisions in New Hampshire’s RGGI program. • Support implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency, demand-side management and sustainable energy programs to all customers. • Oppose diversions of dedicated funds that are aimed at energy efficiency, conservation and sustainable energy resources. • Oppose policies that lead to adverse cost-shifting to the business community. • Support net metering policy that does not result in cost-shifting. • Support stable policies that allow for the development of affordable, cost-effective energy options to meet the state’s requirements under the Renewable Portfolio Standard and oppose efforts to increase the current level of public subsidization of these projects. • Support state policies that enable small, medium and large businesses to continue to access competitive energy supply options. ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITY: BIA will support science-based environmental policies, legislation and administrative rules that balance economic development with the long-term sustainability of the state’s natural resources. Positions include: • Oppose efforts to make New Hampshire’s environmental regulations and statutes more burdensome than federal environmental regulations, unless there is clear justification for doing so. When necessary, regulations should be established and enforced at the state level, not the municipal level. • Advocate for initiatives to streamline and expedite permitting and regulatory processes. • Advocate for creative approaches to simplify and reduce the business community’s regulatory burden, while protecting public health and the environment. • Foster discussions about how the Department of Environmental Services is funded, focusing on the appropriate allocation of the state’s fees and taxes. • Advocate for increased transparency and the effective use of state environmental fees, funds and cost recovery policies. • Support policies that promote private sector environmental stewardship and sustainability. • Oppose efforts to establish environmental regulatory standards by statute rather than by authorized regulatory bodies.


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