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CalChamber released its list of Job Killing legislation yesterday – 23 bills that would further curb California’s competitiveness and chill our investment climate.

Expect on cue from labor unions and the tax-and-regulation lobby: tearing of hair and rending of garments. In their view, reforms to improve flexibility for workers and expedite permits for job-creating development is “a race to the bottom.”

I hate to inform them – we’ve already reached the bottom. We’re bringing up the rear in competitiveness, business tax climate, and trail the pack in regulatory climate. By an overwhelming margin, executives and owners tell us that it’s harder to do business in California than in other states.

A survey of the 2012 crop of job killers reveals a dreary choice – the authors of these bills are either ignorant of the fundamental conditions necessary for job creation – or they simply choose to ignore them.

For example:

Many on the left believe the government’s role in job creation begins and ends with the creation of government jobs. After that, it’s a festival of tax and regulation to support one or another special interest’s leverage with employers or tax-supported program.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The path to the bottom is marked by closing off free trade, loading the litigation cannon aimed at employers, and erecting permit obstacles before new investments can create California jobs.

What’s the common thread linking these job killers? Increased costs. More regulation, more litigation, more time and more taxes. It’s these increased and unnecessary costs that lead businesses to grow more slowly in California and increasingly lead consumers to do business outside California.

California has a daunting task to pull regain its competitiveness. It can’t be a leader in the global economy if it interferes in the global marketplace. Making short work of the job killers is a small step in the right direction.

For a full list of the bills, please visit

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