Saturday, April 20, 2019

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Focus of Pending Legislation

A number of California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bills placing various restrictions on sweetened beverages will be considered by legislative committees next week. Four bills, including...

Former Finance Director Reviews Budget Cycles for CalChamber Board

Michael C. Genest, director of the California Department of Finance during the Schwarzenegger administration and founder of Capitol Matrix Consulting, walks the CalChamber Board...

Governor’s Prudent Budget Adds to Rainy Day Fund

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr, this week proposed a prudent and balanced state budget for 2017–18 that eliminates a projected $2 billion deficit and...

Legislators Advance Proposal to Restore Tax Credit Funding

California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator legislation to restore full funding to the California Competes Tax Credit program is moving through the Legislature. AB 1560...

Assembly Committee Rejects Effort to Offer Employers Lawsuit Relief

Two bills named as job creators by the California Chamber of Commerce were rejected by an Assembly committee last week. Both bills would have...

High Court Ruling Raises Questions on Passage of Local Special Taxes

How many voters does it take to pass a local special tax? Since Proposition 13 in 1978, voters have had the final say on local...

Amended Leave Mandate Is Attack on Small Business

The California Chamber of Commerce is urging small business owners to contact their legislators and the Governor to express strong opposition to SB 654...

Legislative Session Opens at Usual Pace; Action Around the Corner

Last Friday was the first milestone in what is expected to be an active legislative session—the deadline for legislators to introduce bills to be...

CalChamber Opposing Newest Initiative Plan to Hike Tax Burden on Commercial Property

The California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to oppose an initiative proposal to impose a “surcharge” of up to 1% on...

Loan Access for Small Business Moves in Assembly

An Assembly committee this week gave unanimous approval to a California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator bill expanding loan access for small businesses. SB 936...

Signed Bills Help Business on Tax, Accessibility Issues

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently signed two California Chamber of Commerce-supported bills that improve fairness in the tax law administration process, and a...

CalChamber Stops Two More ‘Job Killers’ on Assembly Floor

Two “job killers” failed to move off the Assembly Floor on June 4, missing Friday’s deadline for bills to pass the house in which...

Coalition Seeking Changes to Plastic Recycling Bill

Legislation raising serious questions about California mandates on recycling numerous products containing plastics is advancing in both the California Senate and Assembly. The California Chamber...

Job Killer Bills to Face Assembly Policy Committees

The following California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bills are scheduled for hearings next week in Assembly policy committees. • SB 1150 (Leno; D-San Francisco)...

CalChamber: Reject Prop. 65 Proposals Placing Added Burdens Only on Business

The state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) should reject two Proposition 65 proposals that place additional and unjustified burdens solely on businesses,...

Career Technical Education Bill Moves in Assembly

A California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill that will help the state meet future workforce needs passed an Assembly policy committee this week with unanimous...

Job Killer Update: CalChamber Identifies Three Additional Bills

The California Chamber of Commerce this week added three more bills to its job killer list, bringing the total number of job killers to...