As president of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, William Moore has been involved with business associations at the state and national level for decades, and he has a finger on the pulse of Vermont’s business community.
Each year, the Chamber advocates for its members by putting out public policy positions, programs, seminars and other services that help them thrive. But Vermont has a reputation for having a poor business climate, largely due to burdensome regulations and high taxes. Moore says his members desperately need greater predictability from Vermont business policy.
In this episode of Vote for Vermont, host Pat McDonald interviews the Chamber leader on the latest happenings of the legislative session and what will be good or bad for Vermont business.
Among other concerns, Moore says S.197, a bill to regulate chemicals used by businesses, could have been devastating to the state economy if not for the governor’s veto. He said no other state in the nation would have put so much liability on companies for any negative impact a chemical might have — even if it occurs decades after the fact.
He hopes that lawmakers can be a little more understanding.
“I think a lot of the members of the General Assembly only have signed one side of a paycheck, so they don’t understand the complexities of doing business, and they don’t know what it really means to have to meet a payroll,” he says.
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