Plaintiffs’ lawyers appreciate Legislature’s data dump

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

In a recent article about a job-killing bill that threatens more workplace litigation, CalChamber’s Jennifer Barrera and the internet trade association ComTIA’s Kara Bush stated, “By using the smokescreen of transparency, the bill author and her plaintiffs’ attorneys allies aim to unravel the carefully structured compromise. In effect, the legislation would require employers to serve up reams of data […]

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Think long before regulating the internet

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

Don’t look now but California wants to regulate your internet. What could go wrong? Consumers are rightfully concerned about data security and personal privacy. Data breaches, hacking and poor personal security practices have compromised internet users’ financial and personal information. Large majorities of Americans want to improve their control over their own personal information. But […]

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Voters want housing shortage addressed

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

California voters are anxious about housing affordability and skeptical of laws that would increase housing costs and worker commutes. During the next two weeks, Governor Brown and the Legislature will attempt to address some of those anxieties – considering tax increases or new state debt to subsidize affordable housing. They will also debate limited incentives […]

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Supreme Court defends local initiatives, but may threaten taxpayer protections

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

A California Supreme Court decision makes it easier to raise some local taxes. But how much easier remains to be seen. For two decades, local tax increases have usually been governed by Proposition 218, whether proposed by a local government agency or by citizen initiative. Passed by voters in 1996, Proposition 218 requires voter approval of all […]

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Cap-and-trade deal also cut taxes

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

As part of a comprehensive, bipartisan solution implementing the state’s ambitious climate change goals, the legislation that extended the cap-and-trade program also included several useful tax reductions. These tax cuts will help mitigate cost increases on rural Californians and partially offset some costs for California manufacturers and energy producers. Sales tax exemption Manufacturers gained a […]

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Cap-and-trade will cost less than current regulatory regime

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

California has the most ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal in this or any other country. By 2030, Californians must reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent below our already-constrained 2020 levels. California produces only one percent of GHG emissions, but we outpunch our weight in global influence on climate policy. If we can meet our […]

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Consensus: cap-and-trade extension requires a two-thirds legislative vote

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

The California Supreme Court recently declined to review the 2-1 split decisionby the Appellate Court, which ruled that California’s current cap-and-trade auction is not a tax requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. The legislative authorization for the current cap-and-trade auction was adopted in 2006 with the passage of AB 32, which authorized the cap-and-trade program through 2020. […]

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Local initiative right still under legislative assault

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

Earlier this year I wrote of an assault on local democracy in the guise of an Assembly measure intending to force citizens to run a gauntlet of local planners and environmental analysis prior to gathering signatures for local ballot measures. In the intervening three months the measure has been overhauled several times, approved by the entire Assembly and now […]

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How do we address the housing crisis: one incremental step at a time

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

Productively addressing California’s housing crisis will require a long slog, not a magic bullet. The effective policies are politically treacherous, while the easy victories already have been chalked up. A broad consensus of nonpartisan policy experts and think tanks point to regulatory and litigation reform, particularly of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as the […]

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Don’t violate the Constitution when reforming the Board of Equalization

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

California legislators may vote as soon as today on a proposal to shake up the State Board of Equalization. Reforming the Board is long overdue. The structure to accomplish this as outlined in budget trailer bills may be sound or faulty, but for now, only three things are clear: Rushing a major reorganization through the budget gauntlet is fraught: it […]

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