Daily Headlines for April 21, 2017

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Today’s Top Story

CalChamber Releases 2017 Job Killer List
The California Chamber of Commerce yesterday released its annual list of job killer bills to call attention to the negative impact that 23 proposed measures would have on California’s job climate and economic recovery if they were to become law.

Public Affairs / Politics

State Chamber Expands List of Job-Killer Bills
The California Chamber of Commerce on Thursday released an expanded list of 23 “job killer” bills that it is targeting for defeat in the state Legislature. Los Angeles Business Journal

California Election Officials Push $450 Million Voting Machine Bond for 2018
California elections officials want state lawmakers to place a $450 million voting-equipment borrowing measure on the June 2018 ballot, saying that many counties’ voting machines rely on outdated equipment that make them vulnerable to breakdowns and hacking. The Sacramento Bee

White House Demands Disrupt Shutdown Negotiations
Congressional leaders’ efforts to hatch a massive spending deal have been thrown off course by the Trump administration’s 11th-hour intervention, leaving the bipartisan bill teetering on the brink of collapse just a week before a government shutdown deadline. Politico

Feinstein is Waiting for Family Health Issues to Be Resolved Before Announcing her 2018 Plans
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she is waiting for some family health issues to be resolved before she announces whether she’ll run for another term in 2018. Los Angeles Times

Human Resources / Health & Safety

Outdoor Workers Subject to Heat Illness Prevention Rule
I have outdoor workers. Have there been any recent heat illness prevention regulation revisions that will affect the way I do business? Alert

Future of Revamped Health Care Bill Remains Dubious in House
Eager for a victory, the White House is expressing confidence that a breakthrough on the mired Republican health care bill could emerge in the House next week. Associated Press in ABC News

Economy

U.S. Existing Home Sales Surge 4.4 Percent in March
U.S. home resales rose more than expected in March to the highest level in more than a decade as more homes came on the market and were quickly snapped up by consumers. Reuters

SoCal Locals Watch Cautiously as Trump Talks H-1B Reforms
Under an executive order he called “Buy American, Hire American,” President Donald Trump proposed new restrictions to the H-1B visa program this week, touting the changes as a way to give American workers a leg up on high paying engineering and technology jobs. Southern California Public Radio

I.R.S. Enlists Debt Collectors to Recover Overdue Taxes
The Internal Revenue Service is about to start using four private debt-collection companies to chase down overdue payments from hundreds of thousands of people who owe money to the federal government, a job it has handled in house for years. The New York Times

Environmental / Agriculture

No Negotiations Yet Between California and Trump Administration on Vehicle Rules
Earlier this month, a White House official floated the possibility of negotiations with California to resolve a brewing dispute over vehicle emission rules. Los Angeles Times

That Salad Will Cost You. California Veggie Prices Soar Because of Rain
After five years of drought, this spring’s deluge has turned California’s “Salad Bowl” into a soggy agricultural mess. The Sacramento Bee

California Lawmakers Approve Controversial Democrat for Ag Labor Board
The California Senate on Thursday approved the appointment of former Sen. Isadore Hall to the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board on a 25-13 vote. The Sacramento Bee

International

Trump Targets Cheap Chinese Steel in Probe, Rallying U.S. Steel Stocks
President Donald Trump on Thursday launched a trade probe against China and other exporters of cheap steel into the U.S. market, raising the possibility of new tariffs and sending shares of some U.S. steel makers up over 8 percent. Reuters

Jerry Brown Announces Trip to China, the World’s ‘Great Hope’ on Climate Change
Brown, at a conference on carbon reduction, also announced he would be traveling to China in June to promote environmental protection. The Sacramento Bee

Euro Dips with French Election in Focus; Dollar Firms
The euro edged lower against the U.S. dollar on Friday as investors braced for Sunday’s first round of a tight French presidential election. Reuters

Infrastructure / Education

California State University Cannot Justify Administrative Growth, Manager Raises, Audit Says
The California State University system has hired new managers at more than double the rate of other employees over the past decade, perhaps unnecessarily, according to a new state audit released Thursday. The Sacramento Bee

Trump Can’t Stop California Bullet Train Paid With Bond Sale
The state on Thursday sold $1.25 billion in taxable bonds to finance a $64 billion high-speed rail system, the first debt issue for construction since voters approved it nearly a decade ago. Bloomberg

Study Calls on Big Tech Companies to Move Closer to Transit
Eighty percent of jobs in the Bay Area are concentrated in suburban fringes with little access to regional rail, and three-quarters of Bay Area workers drive alone to work as a result, the study’s authors note. San Francisco Chronicle

Opinion/Editorial

Border Adjustment Tax Could Devastate California Importers and Jobs
Federal lawmakers have a rare opportunity to fix the tax code and promote prosperity for all Americans, but this new import tax is the wrong approach. California’s members of Congress should stand firm in opposition to this dangerous provision. Nathan Nascimento in The Orange County Register

That Jobs Report Won’t Generate Itself
Sources tell me that when Congress draws up the BLS’s next budget, lawmakers plan to underfund the agency substantially. If so, Americans could experience the economic equivalent of flying blind. Erica L. Groshen in The Wall Street Journal

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