AB 398 is Most Cost Effective Way to Reduce Emissions for Business & the Economy

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

When SB 32 passed in 2016, California businesses and consumers were confronted with huge costs due to the Air Resources Board command-and-control regulations created to achieve mandated and unprecedented emission reductions, even though California represents only one percent of total global emissions. As a result, we aggressively sought reforms to create a market-based cap-and-trade program […]

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CA Budget & Fiscal Policy is Unsustainable

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

While the governor’s leadership has been the key to keeping California in the black and paying down debt, the Legislature continues to grow permanent spending based on an increasingly volatile revenue stream. The Legislature’s highest priority for environmental policy is sustainability. Yet today their highest priority for budget and fiscal policy is unsustainability. Since the […]

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SB 562 Will Kill Jobs and Bankrupt California

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

(Editor’s Note: Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, issued the following statement today regarding the State Senate’s passage of SB 562 (Lara / Atkins), the single-payer healthcare bill, which will cost $400 billion per year to implement) “There is no realistic funding mechanism to support SB562, especially given all the existing spending obligations […]

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Single Payer Health Cost Pegged at $400 Billion

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

(Editor’s note: The following statement was issued by Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable,  regarding the report that SB 562 (Lara / Atkins), the single-payer healthcare bill, will cost $400 billion per year to implement.) Let’s look at the facts: California’s 2017-18 budget is estimated at $180 billion. We are the highest tax […]

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A Labor Day Update on the California Economy

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

Labor Day 2016 continues to show improving conditions within California’s economy.  The Legislature has just concluded a session that is being described as one of the most progressive ever for environmental and labor union policies. And Governor Brown is looking at over 700 new laws on his desk. His signature or veto will directly impact […]

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Will Jerry Brown Remember the 1970s?

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

When Jerry Brown became governor in 1974, California was in a recession. But over the next five years, the state’s recovery produced 2.1 million jobs, and Brown’s fiscal restraint created a $4 billion reserve in a general fund of $12 billion. Unfortunately, the fiscal restraint was short-lived. Policymakers reverted to old habits, increasing spending while […]

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Center for Jobs and the Economy Launches New Congressional District Profiles

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

The California Center for Jobs and the Economy, a project of the California Business Roundtable, unveiled new California Congressional District Profiles to provide a detailed analysis of important economic trends, including job gains and losses, jobs located within each district by industry, wages, energy prices, unemployment rates, housing prices, income levels, number of persons receiving […]

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Time to Help Business

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

With last week’s signing of $15/hour minimum wage legislation and today’s signing of AB 908 (paid family leave), businesses are being asked to take on even more costly mandates. Moving forward, policymakers need to balance costs for all businesses, especially small businesses, by passing policies that limit litigations costs, provide workplace flexibility, streamline regulations and […]

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CA Business Roundtable Introduces Ad Opposed to Split Roll

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

A split roll property tax introduced in the Senate that raises property taxes on commercial property would damage the California economy and cost the state 400,000 jobs. The California Business Roundtable, a leading opponent of the proposed split roll property tax legislation (SCA 5), produced an online ad to educate voters about the truth behind […]

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Budget Signed But … Will Legislature Upset Fiscal Balance?

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

The budget continues Governor Brown’s policy of fiscal restraint. While the General Fund expenditures increased by nearly $8 billion dollars over last year’s Budget Act, the Governor has ensured the state starts preparing for future economic downturns with a $6 billion reserve. The revenues show that California’s economy is improving, but growth still remains limited […]

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