(The Heart Sq.) – The Kansas Chamber has launched its legislative agenda for 2021 with its essential give attention to making the state’s enterprise atmosphere extra aggressive.
“The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent state and native shutdowns and restrictions harm Kansas companies tremendously,” Alan Cobb, president and CEO of the Kansas Chamber, instructed The Heart Sq.. “In our latest annual ballot of enterprise leaders, we discovered the operations of practically each enterprise has been immediately impacted.”
Cobb mentioned 66% of surveyed companies reported provide chain points, whereas 47% of surveyed companies assume the state’s response to the pandemic was extra restrictive than obligatory.
“Until Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Legislature take the required steps to take away boundaries to financial development, and to enhance our state’s enterprise local weather, our enterprise group will stay in danger as will the roles and tax income it offers the state,” Cobb mentioned.
Challenges confronted by the state, in keeping with the chamber, embody sluggish financial development and elevated authorities spending, resulting in tax will increase.
“The state wants to enhance its revenue and property tax local weather, strengthen our weakened authorized local weather and encourage state and native governments to search out methods to turn out to be simpler and environment friendly,” Cobb mentioned.
Different gadgets on the Kansas Chamber Legislative agenda embody the state decoupling from the federal tax code, implementing property tax transparency measures and codifying rules that had been waived and located to be pointless throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Figuring out how state and native governments can ship higher providers for much less as our present burden will proceed to carry our state again must be one other precedence for lawmakers,” Cobb mentioned. “Actions like these will cut back the boundaries so our financial system can develop and companies can get better from the influence of the pandemic. As extra Kansas companies prosper, so will workers, communities and our state.”