Category: Advocacy

NC House Releases Proposed Budget

The NC House released HB259– its $29.7 billion proposed budget. Our state has a budget surplus, which is great news. However, there are critical staffing shortages in every industry. Teachers, state workers, and hospitality jobs are some of the most glaring vacancies this budget attempts to address. It is important to note that the House’s… Read More »

2023 Legislative Priorities

At our inaugural Legislative Breakfast presented by Forsyth Tech, we heard from elected officials representing Winston-Salem on the federal, state, and local levels about their efforts to foster a strong business climate. Representatives from the US House, NC Legislature, City, County, Sheriffs Office, and School Board shared input on collaborating for economic progress. 2023 Legislative… Read More »

Chambers of Commerce across North Carolina Congratulate Elected Officials and Emphasize Focus on the Growth of Private Sector Jobs

Chambers of Commerce representing thousands of businesses across North Carolina congratulate those elected to the N.C. General Assembly on Tuesday. Greater Winston-Salem Inc., along with the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, Durham Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, N.C. Chamber, and Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, representing… Read More »

State Budget Includes Funding for Local Projects, Teachers

Governor Cooper signed HB103 on Monday of this week. North Carolina’s legislative body sent its $27.9 billion spending plan and a few other bills to Governor Cooper’s desk two weeks ago. The GOP-led Senate and House gave their final approvals of the annual spending plan in a procedural vote that same week after finding bipartisan… Read More »

SCOTUS Vaccine Mandate Ruling

The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) granted an immediate stay of a mandate by the Biden administration that would have required employees at large businesses to get vaccinated for COVID-19, or test regularly and mask while working.  However, the court ruled that the Biden administration can proceed with a separate vaccine mandate for most healthcare workers in the U.S.   We anticipated these legal challenges and discussed them with you on calls with legislators last year. The rule from… Read More »

State Budget Impact in Forsyth County

Winston Salem/Forsyth County will greatly benefit from the recently signed state budget. Our General Assembly approved a two-year state budget on Thursday November 18th, and sent it to Governor Cooper’s desk. The governor’s signature codified the budget. This budget is 100% aligned with Greater Winston Salem, Inc’s current and previous legislative agendas. We are thrilled… Read More »

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