Advocacy in Policy

For decades, the CalChamber has effectively built support around pro-business legislation and initiatives. Our members trust us to pave the way for a healthy business environment. We do this through our powerful issue coalitions, letter writing and ballot initiative campaigns. Add your voice by joining our grassroots efforts today.

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Climate Change and Energy

California has embarked on an ambitious effort to implement AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. This far-reaching law requires the California Air Resources Board to develop a cap on carbon emissions. The regulations will have a direct impact on electricity generation, oil, cement and landfills, all of which could result in increased costs to you. As the largest broad-based business advocate to government, the CalChamber is taking a very active role in the implementation process. We are advocating sound solutions to minimize the effects of climate change and assisting the Air Resources Board in developing new ways by which the state can reduce its carbon footprint at the least possible cost to the California economy. Email us

Education: Strategic Partnerships

Businesses and public schools in California have formed a wide range of public-private partnerships, varying in size and function. As the voice of the business community, the CalChamber is well-positioned to be a clearinghouse on information about successful partnerships. To share the challenges/opportunities you have experienced, email us.

Workers’ Compensation

CalChamber-supported workers’ compensation reforms have fundamentally changed many of the failed areas within the workers’ compensation system and have resulted in savings to the system. The CalChamber promotes legislative, judicial and regulatory actions that maintain an efficient system which provides adequate worker benefits while protecting the competitive position of California employers. To learn more about the CalChamber’s involvement, or if you are willing to alert the CalChamber to any legal challenges you are facing in workers’ compensation, email us.

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Advocacy in Elections
There’s a reason the Wall Street Journal dubbed CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg “coalition man.” For decades, the CalChamber has effectively built support around pro-business candidates and initiatives. Our members trust us to pave the way for a healthy business environment. We do this through our powerful political action committees and ballot initiative campaigns.

Candidates

CalChamberPACFormed in 1995, ChamberPAC is a bipartisan political action committee that has historically supported business-friendly incumbent legislators and makes recommendations to the CalChamber Board on primary candidate endorsements. Contribute to help elect pro-jobs legislators who support improving the business climate for the employer community.

 

JobsPACThe CalChamber co-chairs this employer-based PAC, which meets during the election year to interview candidates and review the progress of their campaigns. JobsPAC has won bipartisan approval for its efforts to support pro-business candidates running in open legislative seats.

Initiatives

When the legislative process fails, pro-business and anti-business forces turn to the initiative process to take proposals directly to California voters. The CalChamber has backed initiatives to enact tax relief and tort reform, successfully challenged split roll property tax proposals and defeated security litigation.

We will continue to lead efforts to fight anti-business proposals, including those that threaten to increase taxes, health care expenses and frivolous lawsuits.

CalBusPac_LogoThe California Business Political Action Committee (CalBusPAC) was established in 1976 to qualify, support and/or oppose statewide ballot initiatives. Contributions to CalBusPAC will aid California employers in preparing for future ballot battles.

 

International Advocacy
Going global? The California Chamber of Commerce has a wealth of global resources and contacts to get you started. Whether your interest is trade issues, federal legislation, or everything you need to know about the import/export business, chances are you’ll find what you need to take your business to new levels.

Missions

As California steps further into the international market, we’ll be there. Over the years, CalChamber delegations have participated in the state’s trade and investment missions to China, Tokyo, London, Mexico City, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Taipei and Johannesburg.

Members and CalChamber officials also have participated in international trade events in Expo ’86 in Vancouver, Expo ’88 in Brisbane, Expo ’10 in Shanghai, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. CalChamber Board members and officials have accompanied five California Governors to various worldwide destinations, including Mexico City to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia, China, and Europe.

Issues & Agreements

Numerous trade issues and agreements affect the United States and consequently, California. CalChamber’s International site provides trade statistics, U.S. Trade Agreements, and regional overviews with links to related organizations and documents.  Constantly updated, the Trading Partner Portals provide insight into California’s trade with over 50 countries.

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