Legislature to Hear Two-Year Regulatory Moratorium Bill

How many members of our state legislature–how many of us–have a clue about the overall impact of all of these regulatory requirements on our economy?  And if they don’t, is it not because none of us has a systematic way of assessing the usefulness or effectiveness of all these rules and mandates? AB 1969 (Beth […]

Another Problem that does not Deserve a Law

No one wants to see a child die and there is little that is sadder than the preventable death of a child. The question we raise today is, what is an appropriate legislative response to a sad, isolated incident? Assembly member Martin Block responded to one sad incident by introducing AB 1820, which says. “It […]

How Will Small Business Hold Government Accountable?

Small Business Revolution published its founding principles as its way of celebrating Presidents Day and in particular Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln quite forcefully championed the connection between freedom and prosperity, recognizing the two were inseparable.  He led the nation through our bloody Civil War, whose 150th anniversary we are in the middle of marking, to end […]

Small Business Needs Moratorium on Regulations

Now that our state legislature has returned to Sacramento, it’s time to call them out for the legislative malpractice they continue to commit on the moribund California economy.  While they and the Governor found time to enact 745 new laws last year, almost none of them does anything to improve the state’s pathetic business climate, […]

Economy’s Backbone Declares Independence

The public economy needs to be rationalized and restructured, but the most important job is to revitalize and energize the private sector. —Walter Russell Mead The three-year old spectacle of a state and national political establishment utterly failing to tackle the obstacles to economic expansion has dramatically loosened the average citizen’s allegiance to traditional institutions, […]

Keeping Our Promise

On this Veterans Day it is a time for all of us to reflect in gratitude upon the contributions our fellow citizens have made for us all when they donned the uniform of the United States military.

It is a time to visit, either in person or in our thoughts, the graves of the thousands of men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that the commitment to individual freedom—to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—and the country that has championed it from the start, would flourish in spite of every danger and opposition.

California is the home not only of a number of important military bases, but also of hundreds of thousands of veterans. While many of these of our fellow citizens have gone on to great personal success, many still also struggle with homelessness, with lingering physical and psychological trauma, with financial challenges.

Our state works hard to keep the promise we have collectively made, in the immortal words of President Abraham Lincoln, “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.”

Governor’s Conference on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

As the Governor’s Small Business Advocate, I have been hearing firsthand about the challenges facing California’s small business owners in this troubled economy. The state’s budget system is also facing a tough financial crisis, but Governor Schwarzenegger is pushing for economic stimulus to aid businesses large and small across the state. He’s also very concerned with hearing from the business community about what issues they’d like to see the state tackle to help in this climate.

That’s why the Governor is welcoming small business leaders to the first-ever Governor’s Conference on Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Los Angeles next week on November 18 & 19.

Patterned after the White House Conferences on Small Business held in Washington occasionally since 1981, the Governor’s Conference will bring together leaders from all the sectors of the California economy by region, business sector, ethnicity, and generation. The diversity of the state’s small businesses will provide the breadth of vision for better and more inventive ways that the state can work with small businesses to pave the way to greater prosperity.