CalChamber Issues Statement on SB 54

California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jennifer Barrera today issued the following statement:

“While California businesses both large and small will face a maze of environmental regulations as a result of SB 54, we believe that this proposal ensures long term policy certainty around recycling and packaging to help create a circular economy and avoids a costly and disruptive ballot initiative that would substantially raise taxes on all Californians and leave California’s businesses susceptible to future attempts at expanded regulations. A legislative compromise on this issue allows the Legislature to make changes to the proposal in the future, if necessary, rather than having to go back to the ballot.

“We would like to thank Governor Gavin Newsom, Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senator Ben Allen, Assemblymember Luz Rivas, Senator Bob Hertzberg and other state leaders for engaging the business community in the process. The CalChamber looks forward to continuing to work together to implement this law and create a circular economy in California that protects both the economy and the environment.”

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