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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Economic Tale of Two Regions: Los Angeles vs. Bay Area

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

A new study “Economic Tale of Two Regions: Los Angeles vs. Bay Area” uses data compiled by the Center for Jobs & the Economy to show that jobs created in the past 24 years have been at opposite ends of the wage spectrum—either low-wage or high-wage—leading to a diminishing middle class and the creation of a two-tier […]

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Gov.’s Exec. Order on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Raises Questions

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

California has been working to implement its current 2020 GHG reduction goals, and we have made great progress.  But at the same time, we are also now able to see the consequences on consumers and our economy – both intended and unintended – of the many different programs and mandates put in place. With the […]

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The Price of California’s Preoccupation with Renewables: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

In his annual State of the State address, Governor Brown outlined ambitious goals for taking California’s climate change policies to the next level. Historically, our state has held the position of groundbreaking leadership when it comes to aggressive environmental programs, so it comes as no surprise that Governor Brown wants to expand on this trend […]

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Understanding the Meaning about Green Jobs

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

Given the upcoming proposals on the next generation climate policies, it is critically important to start understanding exactly what the green economy means to California’s long term jobs future. According to a recent review from the Center for Jobs and the Economy, multiple studies indicate that 2% of all California jobs are classified as green […]

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California Energy Policy: Why Doing It Right Is More Important Than Doing It First

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

It has been eight years since the enactment of Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. AB 32, which mandated a statewide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to 1990 levels by 2020, which heralded California as the game-changer in international climate change. Since then, regulators have worked hard to design […]

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California Business Roundtable Launches the Center for Jobs and the Economy

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

The California Business Roundtable announced today the launch of the California Center for Jobs and the Economy. The Center will provide a comprehensive view of California’s employment picture by region as well as by demographics and industry sectors. The website provides a new data tool that allows users to visually see what is occurring in the state […]

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California Must Get Serious About its Business Climate

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

Crossposted on Sacramento Bee Last week was a very bad week for California’s and Sacramento’s economies. Unfortunately, it was just the latest evidence that a serious problem exists and must be addressed. Comcast is closing all of its California call centers, with a loss of 300 jobs from its Natomas site alone. Vision Service Plan […]

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California Business Roundtable Taps Pulse of Voters on Business Climate, the Economy and Budget Reform

Rob Lapsley
President, California Business Roundtable

As California policymakers prepare to tackle the state’s budget deficit and create jobs, a recent statewide poll shows that voters lack confidence in the state’s economic future, citing ongoing budget deficits and out-of-control government spending as significant inhibitors to expanding jobs and economic growth in the state. The poll commissioned by the California Business Roundtable […]

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