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Periodically, the Plano Chamber will issue resolutions regarding issues affecting our Members and Plano residents. Below are some of the issues that we are tracking.

2017

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE CITY OF PLANO’S MAY 6, 2017 BOND ELECTION

The City of Plano has outlined six propositions in the bond package that are important for the City of Plano and its citizens, specifically in the areas of public safety facilities, street improvements, parks and recreation facilities, library facilities, and the preservation of the Collinwood House and historic structures. The Plano Chamber supports the objectives of this bond package and encourages its members to vote in favor on the May 6, 2017 municipal election ballot. PASSED

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF COLLIN COLLEGE’S MAY 6, 2017 BOND ELECTION

Collin College is committed to providing an exceptional education for its student. The passage of all propositions in the bond package is important for the further growth of Collin College, specifically in the construction of five facilities and a technical center that will partner with area K-12 districts to prepare students for high-wage, high-demand industries. The Plano Chamber supports the objectives of this bond package and encourages its members to vote in favor of the bond election. PASSED

2016

Plano Chamber Joins Lawsuit Against Overtime Ruling

The Plano Chamber of Commerce joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Business, more than 40 other chambers of commerce throughout the state of Texas, plus other business organizations and sector-specific business groups in filing a lawsuit against the new Department of Labor overtime rule, which goes into effect December 1.

Resolution in Support of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Cotton Belt Corridor

Collin County is projected to have a population of 1.2 million by the year 2030 and transportation infrastructure plays a vital role in addressing population growth. The Plano Chamber of Commerce supports the expedited development and revenue service of the Cotton Belt Corridor and strongly encourages DART to take all necessary actions to achieve this goal.

Resolution in Support of the Plano Independent School District’s May 7, 2016 Bond Election

The Plano business community depends on excellent schools and a well-prepared workforce. The proposed bond package will not raise tax rates for residents located within the Plano Independent School District. The Plano Chamber supports the objectives of this bond package and encourages its members to support the bond election. PASSED

Resolution in Support of H.R. 4466, The North Texas Reservoir Approval Act

H.R. 4466 would exempt the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir Project from the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, thus allowing the permitting and construction on the reservoir to move forward while ensuring that water pumped from the reservoir will still comply with all state water quality regulations and all state and federal drinking regulations. The Plano Chamber of Commerce supports H.R. 4466 and encourages passage by the House and Senate.

2015

Resolution in Support of Plano Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan

The Plano Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan seeks to ensure the City remains attractive and vibrant moving into the future while accommodating regional population growth and preserving the suburban character of the community. The Plano Chamber supports the principles outlined in the Plano Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan and encourages passage of the plan by the Plano City Council. PASSED

Call to Action – Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

The Export-Import Bank supports U.S. exports by providing loan guarantees, insurance and financing for American goods and services sold abroad. Since 2012, the Bank has funded over $1 billion in exports for 111 companies in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex; 84 of those were small businesses.

Resolution Addressing Discrimination in the Workplace

Attracting and maintaining a diverse workforce is important for job growth, business recruitment, and employee retention. The Plano Chamber supports a business environment that is inclusive and welcoming to people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Resolution in Support of a Constitutional Amendment for Increased State Funding for Transportation

The 84th Texas Legislature is proposing a constitutional amendment on the state ballot affecting the state’s roads, highways, and bridges. Proposition 7, drafted by legislators, would result in an estimated $3 billion per year for the state highway fund without adding any new or increased taxes, fees, or debt. The Plano Chamber supports Proposition 7 on the November 3, 2015 ballot and urges everyone to vote in favor.

2014

Resolution Opposing EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations That Could Threaten Electricity Supplies and Increase Power Costs

Low cost and dependable electricity is essential to economic growth, business success, and the livelihood of Texans. The Plano Chamber opposes federal EPA greenhouse gas regulations that threaten continued power generation from existing coal-fired plants in Texas or restrict development of new coal-fired power plants.

Resolution in Support for Proposition 1

The 83rd Texas Legislature passed historic legislation proposing a constitutional amendment (Proposition 1) to be placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Proposition 1 increases funding for state roads, highways, and bridges and could result in an estimated $1.4 billion per year for the state highway fund. The Plano Chamber encourages our members and their employees to actively support the proposition.

 

Interested in further information? Please contact Jamee Jolly, President/CEO, at (972) 424-7547, ext. 222.


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