Loren Kaye

Loren Kaye
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Loren Kaye was appointed president of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education in January 2006. He has devoted his career to developing, analyzing and implementing public policy issues in California, with a special emphasis on improving the state's business and economic climate. He also was a gubernatorial appointee to the state's Little Hoover Commission, charged with evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of state agencies and programs. Kaye served in senior policy positions for Governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian, including Cabinet Secretary to the Governor and Undersecretary of the California Trade and Commerce Agency. See full bio.

CalChamber Poll: Job Optimism, Housing Anxiety, Support for Bipartisanship

California voters are feeling better about the economy, but are still anxious about the cost of living, according to the recently released 2018 CalChamber...
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The Next Governor’s Known Unknowns

On Day One of his new administration, Gavin Newsom or John Cox will enunciate his vision for California, and call on the Legislature to...
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No Protection of a Harassment Victim’s Identity if a Public Official Is Involved

As noted in several prior blogs, the #Metoo movement has been a primary focus of the Legislature this year.  The Legislature held multiple informational...

#MeToo, But Maybe Not For You

Preventing sexual harassment and protecting victims has been a high priority for the Legislature – fallout from the #MeToo movement sweeping politics, the media...
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Legislature Can Get the Lead Out

The right of citizens to propose laws by ballot initiative is one of California’s great checks and balances. Often viewed as a last resort...

High Court Ruling Raises Questions on Passage of Local Special Taxes

How many voters does it take to pass a local special tax? Since Proposition 13 in 1978, voters have had the final say on local...
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The Legislature Takes On Initiatives

The talk of the Capitol last week was of “the Hertzberg bill,” which changed the calendar for certain activities related to ballot measures, with...
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Beating the Odds

You had a better chance of hitting 00 on the roulette wheel than killing a bill in the first house of the Legislature this...
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Legislating is Hard When Up Against Reality

Take SB 826, a bill by Senator Jackson that would set a quota of women board members for publicly-traded corporations that are headquartered in...

Legislature stays the course, preferring market mechanisms for GHG goals – for now

Given the choice between a cost-effective market approach to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and more expensive command-and-control regulations, the Legislature so far is...

Capitol Insider: Rare Consensus for Education Reform

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Four Ways California Can Help Get More Grads Ready for College, Career

The California economy is humming. Unemployment is at historic lows, even in many parts of the state often left behind in good times. But even...

Federal Tax Reform Means More Business Taxes for California

California’s corporate tax base may increase by up to 12% as a result of federal tax reform legislation, according to a study recently released by...

Seven Ballot Initiatives Threaten Business Climate

Voters may face as many as seven ballot measures damaging to California’s business and political climate in November. Any one of these measures should...

Timely Economic Analysis of Major Regs Upheld in Unanimous Appeal Court Ruling

State agencies must take seriously the requirement to conduct a timely, accurate economic analysis of major regulations, according to a just-released opinion by the...

This Economy Isn’t Helping All Californians. Here’s How We Can Spread the Wealth

California voters are anxious. The economy is growing, the state budget is balanced and drought worries have receded. Yet according to a recent CalChamber...

CalChamber Poll Finds Voters Open to a Middle Lane

Last week in this space we summarized the findings of the Third Annual CalChamber Poll, which found California voters generally anxious about the future....

CalChamber Poll Finds Voters’ Concerns at Odds with Political Leaders

Californians are anxious. The economy is growing, the state budget is balanced and the rains have resumed. Yet California voters are apprehensive about the future....

California Supreme Court Decision May Threaten Local Taxpayer Protections

A California Supreme Court decision makes it easier to raise some local taxes. But how much easier remains to be seen. For two decades, local...

Cap-and-Trade Deal Also Cut Taxes

As part of a comprehensive, bipartisan solution implementing the state’s ambitious climate change goals, the legislation that extended the cap-and-trade program also included several...