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.
Loren Kaye

Legislature Fumbles Chance to Boost Economic Recovery

The California Legislature fumbled a chance to boost economic recovery in the state by choosing the easy path: business-as-usual. Facing the three horsemen of the...
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Legislature Should Stick to COVID-19 Priorities

Despite their leaders’ vow to concentrate their attention on the pandemic and economic crises, it’s business as usual at the California Legislature. In early spring,...

The People’s Voice: Coronavirus Edition

California voters are understandably anxious about the health and economic crises facing families and workplaces. The California Chamber of Commerce commissioned a brief survey...

All Californians Lose If Split Roll Tax Passes

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of business and taxpayer groups are leading a strong effort to defeat the split roll property...

How to Sabotage a Recovery: Raise Taxes

Even before COVID-19, many Californians were struggling with the high cost of living here. The long-time willingness of many Californians to pay the “sunshine...

Signed Budget Package Raises Taxes, Awaits Action by Congress

Governor Gavin Newsom signed 20 bills on Monday that established and implemented the 2020–21 state budget. Even after enacting hundreds of pages of new...
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Too Soon for Taxes in State Budget

Despite facing a June 15 deadline to pass a state budget, Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders are, prudently, deferring a number of major...

Governor Lays Out Plan for Solving Record State Budget Deficit

Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed solving a record budget deficit by tapping reserves, borrowing money from special funds, deferring spending and raising some targeted...
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After Years of Growth, State Budget Tanks

And just like that, California is in an economic recession. But not just any recession. According to Governor Newsom’s Department of Finance, since mid-March, more...

Can Californians Afford California? -Part 2

The first half of this commentary ran yesterday. To read part one of the commentary, visit https://advocacy.calchamber.com/2020/01/27/can-californians-afford-california/. Housing California’s infamous housing crisis lies at the center...

Can Californians Afford California?

By many important measures, California has never been better off. Our state enjoys unprecedented wealth, employment and health. Our economy created 3.4 million jobs in...

Concerned About Affordability, Voters Oppose New Taxes

Voters are anxious about the cost of living in California. One of the not-so-surprising consequences of this anxiety: they are reluctant to embrace new...

New CalChamber Survey: Homelessness, Public Safety Top Concerns for California Voters

California voters are anxious. Reports of steady growth and low unemployment cheer political leaders, but voters are disturbed by decaying public order and an unaffordable...

Poll Shows Dropping Support for Split Roll, Largest Tax Hike in History

Backers of an initiative for the 2020 ballot to increase business property taxes have changed their measure twice since introducing it in 2017. The...
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Five Questions for Split Roll Proponents

Proponents of an $11 billion statewide property tax increase re-filed their ballot initiative this week, claiming “notable improvements to implementation dates, expansive new small business tax relief, clarified...
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California’s Private Economy Serves State Budget Bounty

Right on schedule, the California Legislature approved a $213 billion state budget – roughly twice the size of the budget adopted a decade ago...
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Robust State Budget, Key Programs Rely on Private Sector Success

Taxes continue to pour into the state treasury, like spring snowmelt into Lake Oroville. Thanks to the engine of California’s private economy – the...
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Pay Your Taxes? Take a Breath, More May Be On the Way

Today is Tax Day, so if you’re not up to your ears in forms and schedules, you’re probably breathing a sigh of relief. Just don’t...

One-Year Countdown to Census

In just one year, the U.S. government will fulfill its once-a-decade duty to count every American. April 1, 2020 is Census Day. Armed with a...

Budget Plan: Fiscal Stability Now, Future Search for New Funds

In his recently released state budget proposal, Governor Gavin Newsom made two important and supportive statements on California’s business and economic climate. First, he reinforced...