Legislative & Regulatory Agenda

In 2015 and 2016, BIA is addressing the following public policy issues and pursuing related action steps to achieve progress in these areas:

ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

PRIORITY: The BIA will advocate for policies that ensure reliability and lower the long- and short-term costs of energy. Positions include:

  • To alleviate the current regional energy crisis, advocate for state and regional policies and initiatives that enable the development of low cost, reliable sources of energy, e.g. expanded natural gas pipeline capacity and increased electrical transmission into the region.
  • Support clear, consistent and balanced state siting policies that allows for the development of energy infrastructure projects that diversify fuel supply, bring new energy sources to market, stimulate economic growth and reduce costs to consumers.
  • Oppose weakening the existing consumer protection provisions in New Hampshire’s RGGI program
  • Support the disbursement of energy efficiency and sustainable energy funds based upon customer class usage
  • Oppose diversions of dedicated funds that are aimed at energy efficiency, conservation and sustainable energy resources
  • Oppose policies that lead to cost-shifting, and result in one customer class subsidizing programs that benefit other customer classes.
  • Support stable policies that allow for the development of affordable, cost effective renewable energy 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 supply options

PRIORITY: The BIA will support efforts to expand privately-owned telecommunications infrastructure throughout the state to improve access quality and reliability. Positions include:

  • Support efforts to ensure the state’s telecommunications policies are fair and promote equal competition among all service providers

HUMAN RESOURCES, HEALTH CARE, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

PRIORITY: The BIA supports efforts to develop New Hampshire’s future workforce. Positions include:

  • Increase awareness about careers in advanced manufacturing, high technology and health care
  • Support curriculum standards, such as Common Core State Standards, that better prepare young people with the core skills and professional behaviors necessary to succeed in post-secondary education and/or in the workforce upon graduation from high school.
  • Advocate for restored and increased funding for need-based scholarships
  • 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, and identifying and measuring outcomes

PRIORITY: The BIA supports efforts that enhance outcomes and slow the growth of total healthcare costs for employers and the state. Positions include:

  • Support implementation of New Hampshire’s expanded Medicaid program while ensuring that BIA’s principles for expansion are observed
  • Support development of a clinically integrated delivery system that supports all aspects of individual and community health, which includes payment reforms built on evidence-based practices
  • Support healthcare reforms and regulatory frameworks that allow healthcare providers to collaborate, integrate and engage in collective discussions and that will support lower costs, higher quality outcomes and better access to care.
  • Support adequate funding to healthcare providers for Medicaid and other publicly supported healthcare programs and ensure equitable tax treatment of healthcare providers to reduce cost-shifting to the business community
  • 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 business leaders about the value and economic impact of prevention, support policy initiatives that improve health in the workplace and education programs that focus on workplace wellness, mental health, substance use disorders and chronic disease management
  • Oppose new or expanded health insurance benefit mandates
  • Support tort reforms that reduce costs associated with medical malpractice and result in more affordable and available medical malpractice insurance 

PRIORITY: The BIA supports pro-business labor rules and regulations that consider the rights and responsibilities of workers and management. Positions include:

  • Support private sector right-to-work legislation in New Hampshire
  • Oppose National Labor Relations Board rulemaking or congressional proposals that favor organized labor interests over those of business

FISCAL POLICY

PRIORITY: The BIA supports business tax policies that foster economic growth. Positions include:

  • Protect  the BET credit against the BPT
  • Increase overall state investment in and streamline access to NH’s research and development tax credit
  • Sync limits and carry-forward periods of New Hampshire’s net operating loss provisions to the federal tax code

PRIORITY: The 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 a reduction in the business enterprise tax and business profits tax
  • Oppose an income or sales tax
  • Support passage of a constitutional amendment to allow the state to 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
  • Identify opportunities for improving efficiencies in state government
  • Consider revenue sources that do not include new taxes
  • Strengthen initiatives that improve and expedite business interaction with the state

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

PRIORITY: The BIA supports infrastructure development. Positions include:
Transportation

  • Advocate for investment in multi-modal transportation systems as well as New Hampshire’s road and bridge network
  • 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
  • Encourage public/private partnerships to improve or replace NH’s aging transportation infrastructure

Water/Sewer

  • Educate policy leaders and the public about water and wastewater treatment systems that are at the end of their design life and/or exceeding capacity
  • Support efforts to secure federal funding for water/sewer infrastructure improvement

PRIORITY: The BIA supports efforts that increase the availability and affordability of housing for working people. Position:

  • Oppose any efforts to roll back or repeal core principles of 2008 workforce housing legislation, which defined workforce housing, codified case law relating to reasonable opportunities for workforce housing development and established an expedited appeals process for developers

ENVIRONMENTAL

PRIORITY: The BIA will support environmental policies, legislation and administrative rules that balance economic development with the long-term viability 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 a clear and reasonable justification for doing so
  • 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 (DES) 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 and cost recovery policies
  • Support policies that promote private sector environmental stewardship and sustainability

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