Q&A: James Birkhead, Director of Transportation Risk at NSM Insurance Group, current Chair of the Veterans Committee and member of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I served in the Marine Corps infantry, including two deployments to Fallujah, Iraq. Now I lead a team writing insurance for transportation companies at NSM Insurance Group, and remain actively involved in the local veteran community.
Why do you believe your business/ organization is a Chamber member?
The Delco Chamber is a fantastic resource for the greater Delaware County business community; flexible, interconnected, and in tune with the realities of running a business.
Continue reading to learn more about James Birkhead and lead more about he helps the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce drive business forward in Delaware County.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) was highlighted the last week of March as the House of Representatives positioned a bill (SB119), which if passed, limits the Governor’s ability on joining the interstate compact. RGGI is an initiative of 10 New England and Mid-Atlantic states, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector while generating economic growthOpens In A New Window. Together Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York Rhode Island and Vermont cap and reduce their power sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This is achieved by setting a regional cap or limit on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electric power plants in the participating states.
A disapproval resolution of the Governor’s executive order on RGGI, which is separate from SB119, is also being positioned for a vote by the Legislature. If neither pass by veto proof majorities, substantive actions will likely be decided in the Courts.
During a meeting in the beginning of January, the House Finance Committee advanced a package of bills named, the Small Business Tax Fairness Package, which offers tax breaks for small business.
Rep. Joshua Kail, the prime sponsor of one of the bills, stated, "Something that I have heard from the people coming to my area is that Pennsylvania's Tax Code is really a problem."