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2021

Is Unaffordable California Still the Land of Economic Opportunity?
…The California luxury tax falls hardest on poor and working Californians. We have among the highest utility rates, gasoline prices, housing and rental costs, consumer taxes and insurance premiums in the nation — and public policy is making it worse. Loren Kaye in The Sacramento Bee, February 24, 2021

California Workers Could Get 2 Weeks of Sick Leave for COVID, Quarantines Under New Proposal
…The California Chamber of Commerce is fighting the proposal, contending employers can’t afford “the immediate payroll costs necessary to pay for the 80-hour leave requirement mandated by” the bills. California should reimburse its businesses for the cost of giving workers paid sick days, Chamber of Commerce policy advocate Ashley Hoffman wrote. The Sacramento Bee, February 24, 2021

Prop. 65 Reform Sorely Needed in California
The first line in a recent alert from the California Chamber of Commerce is tongue-in-cheek, but clearly represents how things are in the Golden State when it comes to business regulation. “WARNING: Everything in California May Cause Cancer.” The Business Journal, February 18, 2021

Californians with Low Incomes to Receive $600 Checks Under $9.6-Billion COVID-19 Economic Package
The assistance was also hailed by Denise Davis, spokeswoman for the California Chamber of Commerce. “California’s small businesses are reeling from the economic fallout of COVID-19 shutdowns and need the financial bridge that grants, tax breaks and fee waivers offer so that they can stay afloat until our economy recovers,” Davis said. Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2021

We’ll Need to Replace the Gas Tax in Transition to ZEVs
California should reinvigorate effort to research and introduce a road users charge – in effect trading a gas tax for a fee on miles traveled. Loren Kaye in CalMatters

California Expects Record Revenues in Stunning Covid Budget Reversal
“Any and all efforts to provide relief for small businesses, alleviate regulatory burdens and eliminate costs for them as they struggle through this pandemic should continue to be the priority of the Governor and policy makers,” California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg said in a statement. “The Legislature must act quickly on these proposals.” Politico, January 8, 2021

2020

More Business Grant Funding, Tax Relief Made Available Through State
Upon the announcement of the fast-approaching shutdown, the California Chamber of Commerce, along with more than 100 local chambers, sent a letter to the California Congressional delegation asking for an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program as well as forgiveness of the federal loan California has received for unemployment benefits. Turlock Journal, December 4, 2020

Regional Stay-At-Home Order From Newsom Looms
“The loss of revenue many small businesses will experience as a result of this latest shut down could be catastrophic. We appreciate that the Governor has allowed retail to stay open even if it is at a reduced capacity. With so many small businesses relying on revenue from the holiday shopping season, we are encouraging people to take advantage of local retail establishments to do their holiday shopping,” said Allan Zaremberg, CEO of CalChamber. The Business Journal, December 3, 2020

California Voters Reject Big Changes to Landmark Property Tax Measure Prop. 13
A four-decade quest to downsize Proposition 13, California’s famed limit on property taxes, has come up short after supporters failed to convince a new generation of voters that businesses should pay more to help fund schools and local services. Los Angeles Times, 11/10/20

Most ‘Job Killer’ Bills Bite the Dust Again
Despite the influence of COVID-19 and recession, the California Chamber of Commerce maintained its record of defeating “job killer” bills. Dan Walters in CalMatters, 09/16/20

Business Targets COVID-19 Bills as ‘Job Killers’
Annually, the four groups would introduce their legislative agendas and the California Chamber of Commerce, the state’s leading business lobby, would choose a few dozen of those it considered to be most costly or bothersome and label them “job killers.” Dan Walters in CalMatters, 05/18/20

CalChamber Releases its Annual List of “Job Killer” Bills Proposed by the California Legislature
The California Chamber of Commerce has just identified 10 recently introduced “job killer” bills that have been proposed by the California legislature. The National Law Review, 05/18/20

Certainty for PG&E Ratepayers Is Crucial in These Uncertain Times
Californians rely on affordable and dependable electricity supplies. Response to and mitigation of catastrophic wildfires, aggressive climate policies, and increasing costs to modernize infrastructure have already pushed electricity rates in California to some of the highest in the nation. Key to stabilizing energy rates will be ensuring the solvency and future health of the essential companies that provide that energy. Allan Zaremberg in San Francisco Chronicle, 04/24/20

COVID-19 Warrants CCPA Enforcement Delay, Calif. AG Told
While the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act took effect Jan. 1, Attorney General Xavier Becerra isn’t allow to start bringing enforcement actions until July 1. But in a letter sent to the regulator Tuesday, the California Chamber of Commerce, UPS, the Internet Coalition, the Association of National Advertisers and 30 others called for this looming deadline to be pushed back to Jan. 2, 2021. Law360, 03/19/20

Legal Marijuana Use Still Costs People Jobs. A New California Bill Takes on the Issue
“Allowing drug use in the workplace — including requiring an employer to accommodate an employee’s marijuana use — could jeopardize the safety of other workers as well as the public,” the Chamber said in a statement this month. Los Angeles Times, 02/19/20

Employers Score Another Hit Against AB 51 as Preliminary Injunction Extends Prohibition on Enforcement by State of California
In the span of five weeks, a coalition of plaintiffs representing national and state business organizations and employers, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the California Chamber of Commerce, have gone two for two in challenging AB 51 to restore the previous status quo permitting the use of arbitration agreements with their employees. The National Law Review, 02/13/20

Why Jurassic Park Star Jeff Goldblum Wants California to Ban Even More Plastics
The California Chamber of Commerce opposed the legislation, citing a “lack of infrastructure that is critical for manufacturers to comply and meet the recycling rates and dates,” in a pair of Sept. 9 letters. The Sacramento Bee, 01/22/20

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