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PROGRAM agenda Tuesday, December 15: 9:00 AM Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund & Taxes
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on New Hampshire’s unemployment trust fund. The fund plummeted from a healthy $300 million bal- ance in the Spring to practically being depleted this fall. Only cash infusions from the Federal Cares Act kept the UI Trust Fund in the black. COVID-19 is still with us, meaning it is likely there will continue to be higher than normal levels of unemployment, which will continue to put pressure on the UI Trust Fund into 2021. During this session, learn about strategies to mitigate higher unemploy- ment insurance taxes on employers. Panelists: Kathy Garfield, president, Keller Companies; Rich Lavers, deputy com - missioner, Department of Employment Security; and Bill Peterson, vice president of human resources, Monadnock Paper Mills. 10:00 AM PFAS & Packaging There is growing concern among businesses about over-regulation of PFAS chemicals, many which are inert and used in packaging materials and health care. Learn more about the importance of these chemicals and why NH should be cautious about generalizing PFAS chemicals in state policies. Panelists: John Tippett, CEO, Textiles Coated International; Rob Simon,VP of Chemical Products Technology and Chlorine Chemistry Divisions, American Chemistry Council; Steve Ahnen, president, NH Hospital Association; and Curtis Lancaster, VP, Supply Chain Division, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. 11:00 AM Fixing the State Budget Hole Governor Sununu estimates that COVID-19 has created up to a $200 million deficit in the current budget making crafting the next two-year budget next session even more difficult. Hear strategies from state budget writers on ad - dressing the fiscal shortfall and building a new two-year state budget. Panelists: Commissioner Charlie Arlinghaus, Department of Administrative Ser- vices; Senator Lou D’Allesandro, NH Senate District 20; Senator Chuck Morse, NH Senate District 22; and Representative Lynne Ober, Hillsborough 37, House Finance Committee.
PROGRAM agenda continued Wednesday, December 16: 9:00 AM Setting The Record Straight on 5G Technology
A legislative commission has released a report expressing concerns for public health with the roll out of new 5G technology. A minority report tried to balance and correct misleading information. Now you can hear from the technology companies themselves about the benefits of new high-speed 5-G technology. Panelists: Senator Jim Gray, NH Senate District 06 and Beth Cooley, assistant vice president, State Legislative Affairs for the Cellular Telecommunications In - dustry Association (CTIA). 10:00 AM Factors Affecting Business Location Decisions: Manufacturing drives New Hampshire’s economy in ways no other sector does. Learn about key factors that determine where these employers locate and grow. Panelists: Kim Cadorette, vice president of operations, BAE Systems; David Greer, CEO, Wire Belt Company of America; and Tom Jokerst, general manag - er, Anheuser-Busch. 11:00 AM The Case for a Legal Safe Harbor: Employers are increasingly concerned about exposure to unwarranted litigation due to the pandemic. Learn more about this pressing fear and how policymakers in other states are addressing it. Panelists: Senator Bob Giuda, NH Senate District 2; James Harris, associate gen - eral counsel, Sheehan Phinney; and Justin Vartanian, general counsel, Planet Fitness World Headquarters. ###
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Kathy Garfield, Keller Companies Katherine Garfield is President of Keller Companies, Inc. in Manchester, NH. Keller, a manufacturing company that produces and installs high perfor- mance translucent building panels/systems, musical drum shells, furniture and thermoset plastic extru- sions, employs 440 people in New Hampshire. Ms. Garfield is a member of BIA’s Executive Board. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Col - by College. She, along with her family members, run three manufacturing companies in NH.
Richard Lavers, Deputy Commissioner, NH Employment Security Rich joined Employment Security as an attorney in 2010 and was appointed to the Deputy Commissioner position in 2013. Prior to joining Employment Security, Rich was an attorney in private practice. Rich lives in Hopkinton with his wife and two children.
Bill Peterson, Monadnock Paper Mills Bill Peterson is Vice President Human Resources, Mo - nadnock Paper Mills, Inc., where he has worked since December 2015. He is a graduate of the University of Maine where he received Associate Degree in Busi - ness Administration and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in Human Resourc - es, Labor Relations & Industrial Psychology. He has received a Lifetime certification from the Society Hu - man Resources Management, is a Six Sigma Trainer and an ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor.
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Robert Simon, American Chemistry Council As Vice President of American Chemistry Coun - cil’s Chemical Products and Technology (CPTD) and Chlorine Chemistry Divisions, Mr. Simon is responsible for managing ACC’s more than 50 self-funded chemical and sector groups, and ACC’s Chlorine Chemistry Division. Most recently, Mr. Simon was Managing Director of the World Chlorine Council and ACC’s Chlorine Chemistry Division, and served as part of the John Tippett, Textiles Coated International John Tippett is CEO and owner of Textiles Coat- ed International, a leading manufacturer of high-performance fluoropolymer films, lami - nates, and composites, a position he’s held since 2008. He holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the Thayer School of Engineer- ing at Dartmouth College, and is the inventor of three fluoropolymer patents. He has been a volunteer Big Brother for the last decade and a die-hard Boston sports fan.
senior management team for ACC’s Products Divisions. Prior to managing the Chlorine Chemistry Division he was responsible for legislative and regulatory advocacy on environmental, health, safety and energy issues at ACC. Previ - ously, Mr. Simon worked at Caterpillar USA and their national trade group, the Industrial Truck Association, with responsibilities for state, federal, and interna- tional government affairs and marketing. He has also spent time doing import/ export consulting, developmental economics, and assisted with the election campaign of the 1989 Indian Prime Minister. Mr. Simon holds degrees in political science and economics from Boston College and Sophia University in Japan, as well as an International MBA from Georgetown University.
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Stephen Ahnen New Hampshire Hospital Association Steve joined NHHA in October 2008 after 16 years at the American Hospital Association in Washington, D.C. The Association serves as the primary advocate for the State’s acute care community and specialty hospitals and Steve is their principal advocate and spokesperson. Under Steve’s leadership, the Association has built on the collaborative efforts of hospitals to improve quality, patient safety and health care delivery. Through the Association and its Foundation for Healthy Communities, hospitals are working together and leading the nation in providing evidence-based care to the patients and communities they serve. Prior to joining the NHHA, Steve was AHA senior vice president for association development. He held a number of positions of increasing prominence at AHA including serving seven years as senior vice president in the Office of the President, vice president and special assistant to the president, and lobbyist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and German from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, and an executive MBA in health administration from the University of Colorado in Denver.
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Curtis Lancaster, Dartmouth-Hitchcock health Curtis taught supply chain management at Pima Community College and the MBA program at Pacific Lutheran University. Curtis is responsible for the overall strategic direction and tactical execution of all aspects of Supply Chain
Management at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, in- cluding all supply expense management, procure- ment, distribution, customer service and supporting technology. Curtis directs the overall Supply Chain strategy for its own regional collaborative, the New England Alliance for Health. He leads the design and implementation of the D-HH system Supply Chain Strategy ensuring alignment with the System’s objectives of providing quality health care to the communities it serves. Prior to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Curtis implemented the supply chain vi - sion and acted as the key non-labor resource and advisor to the CEO cabinet for MultiCare Health System, in Tacoma, Washington. MultiCare Health System is the largest community-based, locally governed health system in the state of Washington with 9 hospitals, over 240 clinics, 18,000 employees including 1,500 physicians, and revenues of over $2.9 billion. Other health care experience includes leading supply chain initiatives at the Banner University of Arizona Health Network and Providence Health System. Curtis received his BS from Arizona State University and MHA from the University of Southern California.
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Commissioner Charlie Arlinghaus, Department of Administrative Services
Charlie Arlinghaus started on June 29, 2017 as the tenth Commissioner of Administrative Services and the 18th head of the agency since 1931. Previously he served as budget director to Gov. Chris Sununu. For fifteen years prior he was president of the Josiah Bartlett Center, a policy and research organization which analyzes state government finances and operations. He has written extensively about state
government policy. He holds degrees from The College of William and Mary and the University of New Hampshire. Charlie and his wife, Mae Lynn, live with their son Henry in Canterbury. State law describes the commissioner as “the chief fiscal planning and control officer of the state.” The department’s role includes managing and analyzing the financial, administrative, and operational functions of the state including the state budget, accounting and reporting, financial and human resources systems, procurement, property, facilities and fleet management, public works design and construction of major state projects, risk management, health care plans, personnel administration, and other administrative services.
Senator Lou D’Allesandro Lou D’Allesandro was recently re-elected a Sena - tor from Senate District 20. Senator D’Allesandro first came to Concord as a member of the House in 1973 and was a member of the NH Executive Council from 1974 to 1980. Senator D’Allesandro has been a member of the NH Senate since 1999. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree from Rivier College. He is a former President for Daniel Webster College and Nasson College, former vice president for Franklin Pierce University and is a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
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Senator Chuck Morse Senator Chuck Morse, representing Senate Dis- trict 22 served in the NH House from 1999 to 2002. He was first elected to the NH Senate in 2003 and was recently re-elected and is the incoming President of the Senate. He is a business owner and is President of Freshwater Farms & Garden Center in Atkinson and Granite Creek Farms of Brentwood. He has a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University and is a Trustee of the University of New Hampshire.
Representative Lynne Ober Lynne Ober represents Hudson and Pelham, Hillsborough District 37 in the New Hampshire House where she was recently re-elected to her ninth term. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree from the University of California. She has chaired the Hudson School Board and is a member of the Hudson Budget Committee.
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Jim Gray was recently re-elected to the NH Senate representing Senate District 6. He served in the NH House from 2013 to 2016 and was first elected to the NH Senate in 2017. He is a retired electrical engineer and electrical manager and received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He is moderator for the town of Rochester and serves on the Rochester School Board, the Rochester Planning Board and the Rochester City Council.
Beth Cooley, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA).
Beth Cooley is the Assistant Vice President, State Leg - islative Affairs at CTIA. At CTIA, Beth is responsible for monitoring and advocating on legislation of import to the wireless industry in all 50 states, the District of Co- lumbia and Puerto Rico. Her legislative priority areas include: the siting of wireless infrastructure, including next generation wireless infrastructure, 5G, mobile broadband and policies encouraging the deploy- ment of smart communities.
Prior to joining CTIA, Beth was the Manager of State Government Affairs for the Northeastern region at Reed Elsevier/LexisNexis. Prior to that, Beth also worked as Manager, State Government Relations at the Council On State Taxation (COST), a trade association comprised of Fortune 1000 companies, addressing business tax issues in all 50 states. Beth is a graduate of Western New England University in Springfield, MA where she earned a BA in International Studies. She also holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).
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Kim Cadorette, BAE Systems Kim Cadorette is the vice president of Operations for the Electronic Systems sector of BAE Systems. Prior to this role, she served as the deputy vice president of Oper- ations, and she was the Ramp 2 Rate program director responsible for the execution of a significant company investment required to meet forecasted production growth in the business. Kim began her career at Sanders Associates, a BAE Systems legacy company, in the Procurement organi -
zation. She spent several years in program management, leading both prod- uct development and production programs. In 2006, Kim transitioned back to Operations as a business area director. In this role, Kim was responsible for the manufacturing, supply chain, technical operations, Operations program man- agement, and supporting business processes for several Electronic Systems locations and programs. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and local youth baseball organizations. She was the recipient of the “NH Outstanding Women in Business” award in 2018. Kim lives in Nashua, New Hampshire, with her husband and has three grown children.
Robert Klein is AT&T’s Radio Access Network & Construction Director for the six New England states. With over 20 years of industry experience including wireless network design, optimization, physical new network construction, in- tra-technology generation enhancement, and last but not least - new “G’s” deployment. He and the AT&T Team are currently engaged in the roll out of both indoor and outdoor 5G services within New England. Robert Klein, AT&T
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David Greer, Wire Belt Company of America David Greer is President and CEO of Wire Belt Company of America, a manufacturing company based in Londonderry, NH. David’s commitment to his employees and community has resulted in Wire Belt being recognized by Business NH magazine’s as one of the “Top 10 Best Companies to Work for in NH” twice in their “Hall of Fame”, “Business of the Year in 2015, numerous
“Lean and Green” awards, and the Gover - nor’s Award for Pollution Prevention in 2010. David received his B. S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Maine with further studies at Northeastern.
Tom Jokerst, anheauser-busch Tom Jokerst is General Manager at Anheus- er-Busch in Merrimack, New Hampshire. He manages the 880,000 square foot brewery which brews, packages, and ships over 15 different brands including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Bass Ale, Goose Island variants, and many more. The Merrimack Brewery ships approximate - ly 90 trucks a day with the majority of them
within the New England region. He graduated from Missouri University of Sci- ence and Technology with a degree in Civil Engineering. He started his career at Anheuser-Busch in 1999 in Missouri, and then went on to work for the compa - ny in Virginia and New Jersey before landing in New Hampshire. Tom’s favorite beer is, you guessed it, Budweiser!
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Senator Bob Giuda was recently re-elected to Senate District 2. He is a retired Airline Captain and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the NH House from 2001 to 2006 and has been a member of the NH Senate since 2017. Senator Giuda received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Operations Analysis from the US Navel Acade- my.
James Harris, Sheehan Phinney James Harris is a shareholder with Sheehan Phinney and represents clients in complex litigation matters including general commercial disputes; trade secret, and restric - tive covenant litigation; employment cases; and con - struction actions. He has been recognized by Chambers USA as a Top Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, selected as a Super Lawyer by New England Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation, and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial
Litigation. J.P earned a B.A., with honors, from Swarthmore College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. In addition to his litigation practice, J.P. is the chair of the firm’s data breach practice group and is also a member of the firm’s electronic discovery practice group. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts as well as the United States Court of Ap- peals for the First Circuit. Attorney Harris was a member of BIA’s “Safe Harbor” working group charged with providing draft legislative language to protect employers from unwarranted COVID-19-related liability litigation.
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Justin Vartanian, Planet fitness world headquarters Justin Vartanian serves as General Counsel for Plan - et Fitness World Headquarters and has been with the company since March of 2014. Justin played a critical role in the company’s initial public offering in August of 2015 and has since overseen all public company, corporate governance, and franchising matters as a key member of the company’s leadership team. Pri - or to joining Planet Fitness, Justin was a corporate at - torney at Devine Millimet. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NH/VT/ME Region of the American Red Cross and the Business & Industry Associ - ation of New Hampshire.
2021 PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES PROMOTING A HEALTHY CLIMATE FOR JOB CREATION AND A STRONG NEW HAMPSHIRE ECONOMY
FISCAL POLICY PRIORITY: BIA believes fiscally conservative state budgets with a business-friendly regulatory and tax structure are an important part of the New Hampshire Advantage. Positions include: • Support efforts to reduce business enterprise tax and business profits tax rates and oppose any proposal that would increase these taxes. • Oppose an income tax or sales tax. • Support efforts to identify and implement opportunities for improving efficiencies in state government. • Support efforts to allow the state to better target education aid. • Support efforts to reform New Hampshire’s public employee retirement system that address and reduce the significant unfunded liability of the fund. • Support efforts to reform and improve New Hampshire’s business regulatory environment. • Strengthen initiatives that improve and expedite business interaction with the state. • Support and encourage efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on NH businesses operating in multiple states. • Support increased flexibility for NH’s use of COVID-19 relief-related federal grants and revenues such that those revenues can be used to replace State revenue shortfalls or additional expenses resulting from COVID-19 pandemic. PRIORITY: BIA supports business tax policies that foster economic growth. Positions include: • Oppose efforts to repeal or reduce the BET credit against the BPT. • Support efforts to improve NH’s research and development tax credit and oppose any effort to reduce or repeal this credit. • Support efforts to improve Net Operating Loss deductions in New Hampshire. • Support federal and state efforts to allow the receipt of money provided for COVID-19 relief to businesses to be tax-free if granted or forgiven as a loan. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PRIORITY: BIA supports efforts that increase the availability and affordability of housing for working people. Positions include: • Support practical and reasonable efforts that increase affordable housing stock in New Hampshire. • Oppose any efforts to roll back or repeal core principles of workforce housing legislation, accessory dwelling unit legislation and the establishment of a statewide administrative housing appeals board. PRIORITY: BIA recognizes the critical role of infrastructure in fostering a healthy, growing economy. Positions include: TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE • Advocate for adequate investment in New Hampshire’s road and bridge network as well as consideration of long-term mass transit alternatives. • Oppose diversion of constitutionally protected highway fund revenue for non-highway, non-bridge-related programs. • Support efforts to increase federal transportation aid to the state.
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE • Educate policy leaders and the public about water infrastructure (water supply, wastewater and storm water) and dams that are at the end of their design life and/or exceeding capacity. • Support efforts to secure funding for water infrastructure improvement. TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE • Support efforts to expand private sector telecommunications infrastructure throughout the state to improve access, quality, and reliability. • Support efforts to ensure that state and municipal telecommunications policies are fair and promote sustained investment and equal competition among all service providers. HUMAN RESOURCES, HEALTH CARE, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PRIORITY: BIA supports business-friendly labor rules and regulations that balance the rights and responsibilities of workers and management and promotes a safe and secure workplace. Positions include: • Oppose efforts that hinder or remove an employer’s ability to make sound hiring and management decisions. • Support revision of state administrative labor regulations to provide greater clarity, consistency and uniformity between state and federal requirements for employers. • Support efforts that ease the administrative burden placed on multi-state employers. • Support legislation which recognizes increased use of technology in business, and protects business interests as it relates to communication between employer and employee, privacy and security. • Support private sector right-to-work legislation in New Hampshire. • Oppose rulemaking or legislative proposals that favor organized labor interests over those of business. PRIORITY: BIA supports efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of life in New Hampshire. Fostering a welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity or place of origin, sexual orientation, gender, or ability enhances New Hampshire’s cultural fabric, economic growth, global competitiveness, and overall prosperity for current and future generations. Positions include: • Support efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. • Support efforts to recruit, hire, support and retain qualified employees with diverse backgrounds and experience. PRIORITY: BIA supports efforts to develop New Hampshire’s future workforce and to attract and retain new talent. Positions include: • Increase awareness about careers in manufacturing, technology, health care and the skilled trades. • Support high standards, competency-based experiential education, hands-on learning and appropriate assessment tools that better prepare young people with the skills and professional behaviors necessary to be ready for post-secondary education and/or the workforce upon graduation from high school. • Advocate for funding and policies that reduce the cost of public
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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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