supports efforts to expand current businesses and attract new businesses to the
state through a diverse set of ideas including, but not limited to, equitable
and efficient tax policy, improved infrastructure, less regulation, and better
education opportunities. Following are the current top priority issues for IACI
during the 2017 Legislative cycle, listed in alphabetical order.
Education / Workforce Development
invests considerable resources into an education system from kindergarten
through post-secondary education at colleges, universities and workforce
training programs. Idaho’s business community has a vital interest in an
education system that results in an educated workforce, enabling Idaho’s
citizens to have a lifetime of learning, productivity, and economic
opportunity. Productive, well-trained Idahoans enhance the state’s economic
vitality. Business has a stake not only in the process and delivery of
education services, but in the quality of the students, faculty, and
administration participating in Idaho’s education system. IACI supports
cost-effective, innovative strategies to strengthen Idaho’s education system.
IACI supports a comprehensive energy
strategy that encourages energy efficiency and promotes the cost-effective and
reliable production, transmission and delivery of energy to meet the state’s
energy needs, which is essential to the long-term health of Idaho's economy and
the prosperity of Idaho's businesses and citizens.
supports affordable, quality health care through innovation, choice and
competition in the marketplace. IACI supports reasonable ways to increase the
availability of health care coverage and access, and reduce costs for both
employers and employees while minimizing mandates, complexity and litigation.
personal property tax is a barrier to economic development, and IACI supports
fully eliminating the personal property tax for businesses of all sizes. IACI
additionally supports tax reforms, including, but not limited to, to create a
more efficient and equitable environment for businesses to prosper and
government to provide sustainable infrastructure. IACI supports reforms of government structure
for increased efficiency and accountability.
supports a diverse mix of transportation measures that increase safety, support
economic growth, reduce congestion and increase efficiency in the movement of
goods and people. Transportation funding should first utilize existing funding
mechanisms. If a clear need exists, additional revenue and new alternative
funding sources should be carefully considered and must not be in conflict with
other IACI policies. Transportation agencies must be accountable, use
innovative processes that lower costs, reduce delivery time, and maximize
return on investments.
Water Quantity and Quality
sustainability of Idaho's water resources is important to Idaho’s economy and
is a major factor in business growth and economic development. IACI supports
the sustainable conjunctive management of ground and surface waters and aquifer
recharge when consistent with the constitutional doctrine of prior
appropriation. IACI thus supports the ongoing development and implementation of
Idaho’s Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plans. The success of these plans
should be a model for cooperation with regard to water management throughout
Idaho in the future.