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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.

Despite Economic Ranking, California Has Third Worst Business Tax Climate in U.S.

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Get Behind Golden State Pathways to Get Ahead on California’s Economic Future

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Federal Inflation Reduction Bill: Review of Impact on California

Given its size and economic diversity, California will both enjoy and suffer some major effects of the Inflation Reduction Act — approved Saturday by...

High Cost of Living Drives Voter Concerns

The cost of living weighs heavily on the minds of voters, and has become the principal lens through which they consider California public policy...

May Budget Revise Focuses on Use of Record Surplus

The strong economic performance by key California industry sectors and entrepreneurs was reflected last week in the upward revision of the state’s general revenues...

We’ve Reached Peak Budget

The Legislative Analyst has cried “last call” for the state budget bash. Even as the State Legislature enjoys the prospect of spending record budget surpluses,...

Revenue Windfall Provides Opportunity

California’s mighty work-from-home economic engine continues to create massive value for workers, employers and entrepreneurs — and not incidentally for the state treasury. The nonpartisan...

Poll: Housing Affordability Frustrates Voters

Californians are deeply anxious about the cost of living and working in the Golden State. The seventh CalChamber poll, The People’s Voice, 2021, found...

State Leaders Should Use Budget Surplus to Restore Tax Incentives, Repay UI Debt

Only 18 months ago, expecting a massive pandemic-induced collapse of economic activity, California finance officials predicted a staggering $54 billion state budget deficit. The...

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The People’s Voice: Drought and Wildfires Dominate Climate Issues

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The People’s Voice: What Do Voters Want?

“There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.” — Likely apocryphal quote attributed to French Revolutionary. Voters and their representatives often...

The People’s Voice: Voters Anxious About Public Safety

Earlier this month, Alert reported about California voters’ deep concerns over an increasing cost of living and the fear of falling further behind. Eighty-five percent...

CalChamber Poll Shows Economic Security Top of Mind for Voters

Increasing cost of living and fear of falling further behind add up to California voters apprehensive about their future. The seventh annual CalChamber poll,...

Is Direct Democracy Under Attack in State?

Sometimes it seems that nobody likes California’s direct democracy — except the voters. Some legislators seem to resent it. During the last legislative session (and...

It’s Time to Rebalance the Power Dynamic in California’s Schools Toward Families

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Legislature Passes Budget, Clearing Way for Real Negotiations

The Legislature fulfilled its constitutional obligation this week by approving a state budget just ahead of the June 15 deadline. But meeting the formal...