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Government Operations

The Dillon Rule

  • The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber supports the retention of the Dillon Rule whereby the General Assembly retains the sole right to authorize local government policy on all major issues, including taxation, environmental and other government regulations, public sector collective bargaining, and land use.

Initiative and Referendum

  • The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber opposes amending the Virginia Constitution to allow initiative and referendum procedures that bypass the legislature. Such procedures undermine the principles of representative government that are fundamental to an orderly, stable system of government in a complex society.


  • The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber supports efforts to examine the role of government in providing goods and services to the end of determining those which might be provided more efficiently, effectively, and economically in and by the private sector.
  • Government should avoid competing with private business and industry absent a compelling public interest.

Regional Cooperation

  • The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber supports and encourages regional cooperation among adjoining localities, particularly where significant economies of scale can be achieved. Cooperative regional efforts can assist localities in providing appropriate services, implementing legitimate government programs and responding to citizen expectations.