Workers are changing. California Legislature must face that reality

Labor protections are meant to address certain situations where there is an imbalance in control between the employer and employee. But when the workers themselves control their working conditions, are these labor protections still necessary?  The heart of the debate over independent contracting in the gig economy is how can we improve protections for gig […]

SB 32 and AB 197 Need Amendments

(Editor’s note: Following is the statement issued by CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg following Governor Brown signing SB 32 and AB 197 into law) Taken together, SB 32 and AB 197, impose very severe caps on the emission of greenhouse gases in California, without requiring the regulatory agencies to give any consideration to the impacts […]

Shutting Down New Paths To Opportunity

AB 1727 Hurts California Consumers, Workers and Employers California employers lead the way in so many important technologies and industries.  The jobs we create fuel our economy and improve lives.  However, many of California’s thriving industries are now in the crosshairs of a legislative proposal that would make it harder for them to work with […]

25 Hours

Didn’t you love having an extra hour of sleep yesterday morning?  Wouldn’t it be great if we could have that personal luxury every week? If we could borrow 10 minutes each day from Monday throughSaturday, we could bank it for Sunday and get that hour of sleep at the end of our busy week. Crazy you say? […]

Deceptive Initiative Would Disrupt Vital Infrastructure Projects

At a time when California is running far behind making even the basic investments in maintaining our vital infrastructure, a proposed 2016 ballot measure would seriously disrupt our ability to fix crumbling roads, improve water supplies, and build new schools and other public works. It could also prevent timely fixes to infrastructure after natural disasters […]

CalChamber Releases 2015 Preliminary Job Killer List

The California Chamber of Commerce yesterday released a preliminary list of “job killer” bills to call attention to the negative impact that 16 proposed measures would have on California’s job climate and economic recovery, should they become law. Although we will be opposing a number of bills throughout this year, the ‘job killer’ list represents […]

‘Job Killer’ Bill Rightly Rejected

The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee did the right thing by rejecting an unfair, discriminatory split roll bill that would have raised rents and costs for all businesses, especially small businesses. SB 1021 (Wolk) sought to allow a school district to impose a parcel tax on property used for commercial purposes as opposed to residential […]

New Law Supports Job Creation in California’s Space Industry

Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 777, by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, a bill that will help ensure that California creates a competitive environment and jobs within the emerging multibillion dollar space travel and supply industry. California has long been the home of the world’s most advanced aeronautics and aerospace companies. Recently, the industry has […]

California Members of Congress Must Provide Leadership to Get Immigration Reform Done

Last week, California’s two United States Senators–Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer–joined with over two-thirds of the United States Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform–legislation that is probably more important to California’s economy than that of any other state. Now it is time for California’s congressional delegation to take the lead to ensure that California’s critical […]

Immigration Reform is Important to California

In a letter sent yesterday to members of Congress, I joined with more than 20 local chamber of commerce executives from throughout California urging action on national immigration reform. Four significant issues critical to our citizens and employers are why immigration reform is more important to California than any other state.  These issues include H-1B visas, the […]