State Chamber announces priorities for 2009 session

Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has adopted five priorities for the 2009 legislative session:

• Progress on a Natural Gas Pipeline Project and essential infrastructure improvements.

• Point of Discharge Waster Water Permit.

• Ballot Initiative Reform.

• Workers Comp Fee Freeze.

• Support for Oil and Gas. Exploration and Development in Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Waters.

More than 80 State Chamber members considered over 35 proposals to come up with the five priorities. In addition to these priorities, the State Chamber has taken a position on a number of other critical issues facing the State of Alaska.

The board ratified both the priorities and positions during an Oct. 31 meeting in Anchorage.

The legislative priorities will be delivered to the Governor and all sixty members of the State Legislature. "These priorities will serve as the cornerstone of our advocacy efforts with the legislature during the upcoming session," said Caroline Higgins, Chair of the State Chamber.

State Chamber members employ the vast majority of private sectors workers. Action on our five priorities will remove barriers to job creation and create opportunities for business development.

For more information on the state Chamber's priorities, visit

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