The California Chamber of Commerce today commended Governor Gavin Newsom for his ambitious and timely proposals to expedite public works projects and housing in California, both of which are necessary for the state’s economic development.
CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera thanked the Governor for his leadership and vision to get things built in California:
“California’s economy will benefit from the reforms and permit streamlining the Governor outlined today. We are grateful for the opportunity to work together to bring more critical infrastructure projects to life,” said Barrera. “We are also happy to hear about CEQA reforms that will help expedite all necessary development in the state.”
The Governor’s executive order and proposed legislation will accelerate preparation of environmental documents for all public and private development projects that are subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It will also fast-track any litigation through the court system for selected infrastructure projects necessary to meet the state’s mounting electricity capacity, water supply, and mobility needs, as well as support industry efforts to compete for federal funding under the 2022 CHIPS Act.
“Infrastructure improvements and housing mean jobs and economic growth, without sacrificing California’s strong tradition of environmental protection. We look forward to a productive partnership working together to get so many desperately needed projects over the finish line,” said Barrera.
The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California. Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state. Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, we provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law. CalChamber, a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California’s economy and create jobs. Please visit our website at www.calchamber.com.