General Business Climate

Oppose new vessel restrictions not based on science with regard to harbor seal

The Alaska Chamber opposes any new vessel restrictions with regard to harbor seals until additional research can demonstrate a direct connection between vessels visiting glacial habitats and a proven decline in harbor seal populations.

Oppose National Ocean Policy (NOP) implementation in Alaska, particularly Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP)

The Alaska Chamber opposes implementation of the National Ocean Policy (NOP) and Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CSMP) regulations on Alaska.

Increase responsible natural resource development by improving the efficiencies of the permitting process and gaining access to resources

The Alaska Chamber supports a significant increase in responsible natural resource development and encourages the Alaska State Legislature and the Parnell administration to uphold Alaska's strong regulatory and permitting laws and policies that will facilitate additional exploration, site development, employment, infrastructure, research and natural resource production in Alaska.

Support foreign and domestic private sector investments in Alaska’s natural resource and manufacturing industries

The Alaska Chamber encourages the State of Alaska to implement policies, programs, and regulations to encourage, support, and protect local, state, domestic and foreign private sector investments in Alaska's natural resource and manufacturing industries.

Support reasonable cruise ship passenger fee level and use of those fees consistent with state and federal law

The Alaska Chamber supports reasonable cruise ship passenger fee levels and use of passenger fees which are consistent with state and federal law and the Commerce Clause and Tonnage Clause of the U.S. Constitution, requiring a direct connection to the passenger and the vessel.

Support comprehensive workers' compensation reform

Enact systemic changes to the Alaska workers' compensation insurance statutes to reduce the cost of insurance for employers while emphasizing effective treatment programs that promote injury recovery and the return to full employment of injured workers.

Support equitable funding and appropriate use of Alaska's 470 Fund

The Alaska Chamber supports equitable funding for the Oil and Hazardous Substance Release Response Fund (Alaska's 470 Fund) and advocates for appropriate use of the fund.

Support Medicaid expansion provided federal match maintained and/or alternative pilot program implemented

The Alaska Chamber supports Medicaid Expansion in Alaska provided the State of Alaska continues to receive at least a 90% federal match and/or the State participates through an alternative pilot program.

Support clarifying Alaska's credit scoring law

Support clarification of Alaska's credit scoring law for the purpose of protecting insurance consumers.

Support the University of Alaska

The Alaska Chamber urges the Alaska State Legislature and the governor to maintain strong support and funding for cost effective and responsive programs at the University of Alaska.

Support royalty oil sales

The Alaska Chamber supports state administrative and legislative approval of royalty oil contracts that use the same net back value as if the oil was sold out of state.

Privatization of construction projects

The Alaska Chamber opposes all new unfunded property tax exemptions and will work to educate the governor and Alaska legislators on the effect of proposed exemptions on those individuals or businesses to which the tax burden would be shifted.

Oppose all new unfunded property tax exemptions as introduced on the state level

The Alaska Chamber opposes all new unfunded property tax exemptions and will work to educate the governor and Alaska legislators on the effect of proposed exemptions on those individuals or businesses to which the tax burden would be shifted.

Support affordable energy for Alaska's rural communities

The Alaska Chamber encourages the Alaska Legislature and the Parnell administration to support and expand efforts to reduce energy costs in rural communities. The Chamber supports continued funding for the Alaska Energy Authority Power Cost Equalization and Renewable Energy Grant Fund programs, and increased funding for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Enhanced Weatherization program and the Alaska Energy Authority Emerging Energy Technology Fund. Through these actions, the Chamber encourages the State of Alaska to adopt a long-term, affordable energy plan that reduces the immediate financial burden on rural citizens, while developing sustainable infrastructure for rural communities.

Reduce the high cost of energy

The Alaska Chamber supports initiatives that lower the cost of energy and ensures adequate and reliable deliverability in Alaska including continued support for advancing state renewable energy goals.

Support creation of the Susitna State Forest

The Alaska Chamber encourages the Alaska Legislature to enact legislation establishing the Susitna Forest, which would be the fourth state forest in Alaska, benefitting local economies, creating and sustaining much needed jobs in the forest products industry while providing many other opportunities for Alaskans.

Support efficiencies and cost effective health benefits

The Alaska Chamber supports reducing intrusion/overreach of state government in traditionally private sector industries including the provision of health benefits for Alaska's 53 school districts, or other local or private trusts or employee groups for the purpose of supporting the most efficient and cost effective provision of health benefits.

Support in-state oil refining industry

In-state refining adds important diversification and value added processing to our Alaska economy. The in-state refining industry is currently challenged with high energy costs, terms of the State royalty oil sales contracts, quality bank provisions and environmental and operational regulations. The Alaska Chamber encourages the Alaska State Legislature and Administration to develop and implement a comprehensive action plan to mitigate these impediments, thereby allowing for the preservation and expansion of in-state refining.

Support diversification of Alaska's economy including development of a robust mariculture industry

The Alaska Chamber supports the diversification of Alaska’s economy including development of a robust mariculture industry. The Chamber encourages the State of Alaska to engage with private sector investors, communities, and regulatory agencies in an effort to identify and remove barriers to development of a robust mariculture industry.

Support the Alaska Department of Labor Workforce Investment Board’s inclusion of the maritime industries as a priority industry

The Alaska Chamber supports the inclusion of the maritime industry sector as a priority industry by the Alaska Department of Labor, as provided for by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The Chamber encourages the State to engage with private sector investors, communities, and regulatory agencies in an effort to identify and remove barriers to development of a robust maritime industry and a qualified workforce for the industry.

Support community health center system organization as patient centered medical homes

The Alaska Chamber supports efforts by the State of Alaska to enact structural reforms to the community health center system, which require organization as Patient Centered Medical Homes as long the implementation does not require new State appropriations.

Oppose Ballot Measure 2: An act to tax and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana

The Alaska Chamber opposes Ballot Measure 2. The measure will negatively affect workforce safety, readiness and productivity and increase employer liability.

Oppose Ballot Measure 3: Increase Alaska's Minimum Wage

The Alaska Chamber opposes Ballot Measure 3 to increase Alaska's minimum wage. Employers and workers, not the government, should determine the value of labor, based on labor availability and its contribution to the earnings of the business.

Oppose Ballot Measure 4: Bristol Bay Forever

The Alaska Chamber opposes the politicization of Alaska's rigorous permitting process through Ballot Measure 4. Businesses investing in Alaska rely on a predictable and fair permitting process.

Support sustainable sea otter harvest and sale of handicrafts

Increased legal harvest of sea otters by Alaska Natives for subsistence and handicrafts can help alleviate impacts of rapidly expanding sea otter populations on Southeast Alaska marine resources, and economic impacts to commercial and subsistence fisheries and communities.

Support transfer or sale of land to private entities

The Alaska Chamber supports the sale or transfer of a proportionate percentage of government-owned lands, at all levels, to privately held taxable entities, so as to provide development opportunities for the citizenry of the State of Alaska.

Support workforce development to increase the number of qualified employees needed to fill positions in resource industries

The Alaska Chamber supports workforce development in the state, particularly as it relates to resource development. As exploration and development in Alaska continues to grow, more qualified Alaska employees are needed to take jobs created as a result.

Support keeping Alaska state chartered financial institutions competitive Litigation Reform

The Alaska Chamber supports updates to statutes effecting commerce including Title 6 regarding financial institutions.

Support Small Business Administration Native 8(a) Contracting Program

The Alaska Chamber will support Native 8(a) contracting by demonstrating the impact the program has on the Alaska economy and the benefits to Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities across the country.

Support the expansion of the military presence in Alaska

The Alaska Chamber encourages the Alaska Legislature and the governor to work with the U.S. Military to maintain current military investment and force structure in Alaska and to increase military missions, staffing, activity, and investment.

Support for converting two million acres of the Tongass National Forest to a state forest

The Alaska Chamber supports efforts to convert two million acres of the Tongass National Forest to a State Forest.

Support reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States

The Alaska Chamber supports reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The Ex-Im Bank offers loans and guarantees to foreign purchasers of U.S. manufactured goods who meet its strict lending qualifications and are unable to secure financing elsewhere.

Support science-based Endangered Species Act listings and delisting

The Alaska Chamber supports efforts to delist species from the Endangered Species Act where sound science indicates ESA designation is either no longer warranted, or was never warranted. The Alaska Chamber opposes efforts to list species under the ESA where no conservation concern exists, where sound science is not the basis, or where the precautionary principle is utilized. Any effort to list species under the ESA must be based on sound scientific arguments, credible and reproducible studies, and economic analysis.

Include a renewable energy plan in the Tongass Forest Management Plan

Revise the Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP) to include a Renewable Energy Plan and Renewable Energy Land Use Designation (LUD). This will ensure that renewable energy and hydropower opportunities within the Tongass are accessible for development for communities in southeast Alaska, as well as for connection to the North American grid in support of federal clean energy goals.

Support the reauthorization of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act

The Alaska Chamber supports the reauthorization of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to ensure that recreation fees collected on federal sites in Alaska are retained for reinvestment back to the site of collection.

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