Monday, October 26, 2020

Commentary

6 Things Legislature Can Do to Help State Recover from Economic Devastation

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the California economy, especially public-facing businesses. Entertainment—including motion pictures, television, live shows and theme parks—restaurants, accommodations and retail sectors...

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...

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...

More Important Than Ever: Maintaining and Improving Free Trade, Investment

The world has quickly changed over the last few months and during these strange and uncertain times, the importance of international trade has been...

Tourism Industry Jobs Form Big Piece of California’s Economic Foundation

Vacations to California’s natural wonders, cultural riches and exciting city attractions fuel stable employment and the world’s fifth largest economy.

Year of Transition—Lots to Do

Even more than other election years, 2018 will be the start of transitions in California politics and public policy.

Citizens Redistricting Process Begins Soon; Apply Online to Help Shape State’s Future

A little known and often forgotten truth is that not all political change in California comes via the ballot box. Once a decade, the demographers...

Analysis Finds California Factors Dampen Upward Mobility for Poor

Children born to low-income parents in California have slightly higher lifetime earnings than children born to low-income parents in other states—but not because they...

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...

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...

Why Tax Reform Is Hard

Governor Newsom’s musings have set tax reformers buzzing.

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...

Parental Leave Mandate Hurts Small Firms

One of the things keeping state legislators busy in Sacramento right now is a shortsighted attempt to impose on California small businesses a new,...

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.

Trade Essential for Economic Growth, Jobs

Making sure U.S. businesses—from light manufacturers to service providers—benefit from higher growth, employment and wages due to increased exporting is key to expanding the...

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...

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...