Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
February 25, 2015

In this February 25, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Mandated Benefits Bills
Golf Course and Other Amenities Available to Public at MCBH
Member Testimonial = Marketing Opportunity
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

The legislative session has passed a major deadline, with alive bills in final committee before crossing over. We’re tracking more than 200 bills and would like to bring your attention to a bill going through the process.
SB 19 SD1, relating to taxation, extends the sunset date of the county surcharge on excise tax for rail. The Chamber supports this measure. The Chamber has always supported rail and would like to see the completion of the project as set forth in the Full Funding Grant Agreement between the City & County of Honolulu and the Federal Transit Administration.   
Rail is in line with one of our primary missions:  to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawaii, while supporting initiatives that are the catalyst for business growth opportunities.
This extension is critical because, according to state law, funding must be in place in order to award the contracts required to complete the project. If not now, contracts could be more costly down the line. Approximately two miles of guideway have been completed in West Oahu, with construction of buildings, including the Rail Operations Center, and the production of rails cars well underway and on schedule. To completely stop our city’s largest infrastructure project would be a huge blow to our state and economy and certainly tarnish Hawaii’s image as a place to do business. Further, our city would need to return the funds provided by the federal government and contracts that have already been granted would be mitigated.
While the decision is a challenging one and concerns about the financial situation are valid, we believe that, looking at the big picture and long-term benefits of this project, rail will be a positive step for Hawaii.         

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Mandated Benefits Bills

Mandated benefits are a common issue at the legislature. This year, there is considerable focus on mandated sick leave, as well as extended benefits for family leave.
This year’s mandated leave bills are HB 496, HB 535 and SB 129. These bills require employers to provide paid sick and family leave for a period of 4-12 weeks and includes care of an employee’s child, spouse or parent.
Should these bills pass, employers will be faced with a huge burden to provide coverage for employees who are not at work due to this added benefit, which is why the Chamber does not believe that this benefit should be mandated.
To find out how to get more involved in bills that impact your business, please contact Pono Chong, our Vice President of Business Advocacy & Development.

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Golf Course and Other Amenities Available to Public at MCBH

The Marine Corps Community Services Hawaii at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) has a little-known program that provides the civilian public with the opportunity to use a handful of its recreational facilities, which are some of the best the military has to offer in Hawaii.
The Friends of K-Bay (FKOB) program allows the general public to utilize the oceanfront Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course and Golf Center (including Tiki Island), the outstanding dining facility at the Officer’s Club and the recently renovated K-Bay Bowling Lanes.
For the very affordable and tax-free price of $10, an annual membership not only presents the public with a chance to enjoy some of the wonderful amenities MCBH has to offer, but helps to maintain the many programs aimed at supporting Marines and their families.
For more information about FOKB, please click here

Click here to learn more about the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and our MAC members.

Member Testimonial = Marketing Opportunity

We often receive great feedback from our members about the benefits of membership, including how the Chamber has connected them to other members and businesses, kept them apprised on the pulse of business in Hawaii and provided seminars, forums and continued professional development.
Whether you made valuable connections at a Business After Hours event, participated in one of our policy committees to help shape legislation or generated leads at one of our events, we would love to hear about your experiences with the Chamber and how membership has helped your business grow and thrive.
Your testimonial, photo and company logo could be featured on our website and social media, including our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN and Instagram pages. Please email your testimonial or any questions to Bianca Mordasini.

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