Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Top-Two Primary Reform Promising

The recent Institute of Governmental Studies post-election seminar in which I was a panelist produced a few news stories and a mountain of academic...

Water Board Must Let Governor, Public Weigh in on Wetlands Regulations

The California State Water Resources Board plans to adopt controversial state wetlands regulations in early April.

Why a Regional Power Grid Brings Energy Security to Businesses/Consumers

Reliable energy infrastructure is a hallmark of a modern world, and affordable power is vital for economic development and social cohesion. Ensuring that electricity...

Strong California Economy, Jobs Depend on Worldwide Free Trade, Investment

With trade being a top tier national issue, the California Chamber of Commerce continues to communicate its international trade priorities to secure a national...

An Unhealthy Dependence on the Rich

Upper-income taxpayers are paying the highest share ever of the California personal income tax. This is good news in good times, but underscores the need...

CalChamber Perspective on Top Two Reform

The recent Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) post­election seminar in which I was a panelist produced a few news stories and a mountain of...

State Has Slow-Motion Housing Emergency

The state is under-building by tens of thousands the new houses and apartments each year that are needed to meet demand. As a result,...

Environmental Law Reform: Best Prospect Appears at California Supreme Court

The best prospect for reform of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is no longer with the Legislature or the Governor, but at the...

Strong California Economy Will Allow Next Governor to Address These Issues

The top priorities for California’s next governor ought to reflect what is on the minds of Californians. With our diverse population, geography and business community,...

Reality Check: Workers Are Changing

Labor protections are meant to address certain situations where there is an imbalance in control between the employer and employee. But when the workers...

Independent Contractor Questions Remain in Countdown to End of Legislative Session

There are two weeks left in the legislative session and one of the most common questions I get multiple times on a daily basis...

Career Programs Help Workers Gain Skills

There is a troubling chasm in the world of work today and it threatens U.S. prosperity and hopes of strengthening the middle class. Millions of...

Urge President Trump Not to Finalize Stand-Alone Steel/Aluminum Tariff

The California Chamber of Commerce has deep concerns over the impact that a stand-alone tariff on steel and aluminum could have on international trade...

State Economy Draws Strength from Trade

As the Trump administration and the 115th Congress now are into their second year, the California Chamber of Commerce continues to communicate its international...

More Transparency in Politics, Policy

“Transparency” may be more than just a buzzword come 2017. Proposition 54, teed up for the November ballot, would mandate the Legislature enforce a three-day...

California Must Address Our Uneven Recovery

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a state budget brimming with new revenues, but carefully socking part of the surplus away for a future economic...

Air Board’s Plan to Raise Fees Threatens Our Economy and Climate Goals

California produces just 1% of atmospheric carbon emissions, yet global leaders and activists care about California regulations. Why is this? It’s the same reason that...