Public Policy Survey Summary

In May 2018 we conducted a policy survey among our members to find out what business issues are most important to them. This helps us to better understand businesses needs and challenges so we can focus our advocacy efforts on what matters.

Our members were clear that the increase in taxes on their businesses, such as the new Employer Health Tax, will have an adverse effect on their growth at a time when the larger economy shows sign of a
slowdown. Smaller businesses were especially worried about what this will mean for new hires and discretionary spending. Rising costs for leasing increases in property tax, and hikes to the minimum
wage are compounding the effects of increases in taxes to create a heavy burden on businesses of all sizes.

To make things worse affordability and availability across a number of fronts has become a serious problem. We heard this most frequently on the topics of housing and childcare, but also from small businesses at risk from area redevelopments and the availability of lease space. This threatens to drive away skilled labour and businesses from the Tri-Cities.