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  • The Business Roundtable Announces Endorsment of the 2016 School Facilities Bond

    Sacramento – The California Business Roundtable (CBRT) announced its support for The Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016, a $9 billion bond to provide much-needed funds to improve California’s classrooms and ensure students have access to computers, technology and career-education programs. The measure will appear on the November 2016 ballot.

  • Prop 13 change a giant tax hike – not a ‘fix’

    State Sens. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, and Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, and several liberal groups want state voters to make a fundamental change in Proposition 13. That’s the landmark measure approved in 1978 that limits property taxes to 1 percent of assessed value and limits the amount that assessments can be increased to 2 percent a year – unless the property changes hands, at which point it can be reassessed. The senators declared this to be a crucial step to closing a loophole that allegedly costs the state billions of dollars a year. But the loophole is a problem with a relatively small number of properties. And the alleged fix would hammer tens of thousands of property owners who play by the rules and don’t game the system – and who employ millions of Californians.

  • ICYMI: CBRT in the News

    In Case You Missed It In case you missed it this morning, California Business Roundtable President, Robert C. Lapsley, and Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President, Jon Coupal authored the following opinion piece which appeared this morning in the Los Angeles Daily News. Prop 13 Overhaul Puts California Taxpayer Protections at Risk By Rob Lapsley and

  • The California Business Roundtable Announces Election of Dennis Arriola, President & CEO of SoCalGas, as Chairman

    Sacramento — The California Business Roundtable (CBRT) today announced the election of Dennis Arriola as Chairman and Brett Bittel as Vice Chairman for 2015. Dennis Arriola currently serves as the President and CEO of SoCalGas, a Sempra Energy company and the nation’s largest natural gas distribution company.  Headquartered in Los Angeles SoCalGas serves nearly 21

  • Roundtable President Releases Statement Regarding Study on “Green Jobs” Impact to the California Economy

    Sacramento — California Business Roundtable, president, Rob Lapsley released the following statement today following the release of a study by the Center for Jobs and the Economy on the impact of Green Jobs on the California Economy. Given the upcoming proposals on the next generation climate policies, it is critically important to start understanding exactly

  • Roundtable President Releases Statement in Response to Speaker Atkins Transportation Funding Proposal

    Sacramento — Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable today released the following statement in response to Speaker Atkins Transportation Funding Proposal: “The California Business Roundtable has a long history of supporting investment in vital infrastructure that is the foundation of a strong California economy. We are pleased to support Speaker Toni Atkins leadership

  • High Taxes Could Go Higher Still

    By Robert C. Lapsley Sacramento Bee January 11, 2015 Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year on Friday, and given the current cash flows, there is much good news. But as we embark on another round of budget negotiations in Sacramento, the governor and legislative leaders need to add more

  • California Business Roundtable President Releases Statement in Response to Governor Brown’s Inaugural Address

    Sacramento – Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roudtable today released the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s inaugural address: “We congratulate the Governor on his leadership as he embarks on his historic fourth term. The next four years will bring an unprecedented opportunity to make progress on issues that will leave his leadership stamp

  • California Business Roundtable Board of Directors Reelects Tom Conley to a Second Term as Chairman

    At their annual meeting held in Sacramento January 21, 2014, the California Business Roundtable board of directors voted unanimously to reelect Tom Conley, Senior Vice President for State Farm, to a second term as Chairman of the board.

  • California Business Roundtable Releases Statement in Response to Governor Brown’s Proposed 2014-15 Budget

    Sacramento, CA – The following statement was released by California Business Roundtable President, Rob Lapsley, in response to today’s release of the Proposed 2014-15 Budget by Governor Jerry Brown. “The state spending plan proposed by Governor Brown is a responsible, balanced approach to stabilizing California’s finances. “The Governor keeps his commitment to use temporary revenues resulting

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