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  • Broad-Based Coalition Ready to Fight Billion-Dollar Split-Roll Tax Increase Initiative in 2020

    Despite a $17 billion reserve, special interests seek an $11 billion property tax increase FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2018 CONTACT: Brooke Armour (916) 553-4093 (SACRAMENTO)— A broad-based coalition of business and taxpayer advocates today announced they are already organizing to fight against the multi-billion-dollar split-roll property tax increase, which may appear on the November

  • CBRT Issues Statement on New Legislation to Impose a Seven Percent Surcharge on California Employers

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2018 CONTACT: (916) 553-4093 (SACRAMENTO)— Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, issued the following statement in response to a proposed constitutional amendment by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) to create a new $15 to $17 billion annual tax on California employers with more than $1

  • CBRT Commends Defeat of Attempt to Repeal Costa-Hawkins Legislation in California

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2018 CONTACT: (916) 553-4093 (SACRAMENTO)— Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, issued the following statement in response to the defeat of AB 1506 (Bloom) in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. The legislation would have repealed Costa-Hawkins in California: “Assemblymember Wood rightly argued AB 1506 (Bloom) could negatively impact

  • High spending locks in need for future California tax increases

    The Orange County Register  By Rob Lapsley Thanks to Silicon Valley and the stock market, California’s budget is on a record recovery. Last year, we passed the largest budget in our state’s history at $291 billion; a record destined to be broken next year. Since Fiscal Year 2009, state taxes, fees and other charges have

  • Business Leader Says Money Alone Won’t Drive State Transportation Deal

    Business Leader Says Money Alone Won’t Drive State Transportation Deal By Capital Public Radio, December 14, 2016 State lawmakers have failed for years to reach a deal to pay for California’s growing transportation repair needs. What, if anything, will make the funding plans proposed last week by Democrats at the Capitol any different? Business leaders

  • Will standing up to Trump hurt California’s economy?

    Will standing up to Trump hurt California’s economy? By Rob Lapsley, The Sacramento Bee, December 8, 2016 California’s top elected leaders are making it clear they will push back hard against any efforts by President-elect Donald Trump to undermine their progressive policy agenda. These not-so-veiled threats, in combination with the supermajorities legislative Democrats hold, are

  • SB 32: Too many important questions unanswered

    SB 32: Too many important questions unanswered By Rob Lapsley, The San Diego Union-Tribune, August 24, 2016 As California’s future climate policy takes center stage in the Legislature, there needs to be more focus on creating a business environment that will promote quality, middle-income jobs. While California far exceeds the nation in climate change regulations,

  • Now we’ll see if Jerry Brown remembers the 1970s: Guest commentary

    Now we’ll see if Jerry Brown remembers the 1970s: Guest commentary By Rob Lapsley, The Los Angeles Daily News, August 11, 2016 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

  • Here’s how to attack inequality in California

    Here’s how to attack inequality in California By Rob Lapsley, The San Francisco Chronicle, August 1, 2016 The California Dream — affordable higher education, a glut of middle-class jobs and moderate housing costs — attracted families from across the nation to our state after World War II. Now, that California Dream is out of reach

  • Before expanding climate law, fix existing problems

    Before expanding climate law, fix existing problems By Rob Lapsley, The Sacramento Bee, July 5, 2016 Ten years ago, California adopted Assembly Bill 32 to require greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020, an important milestone in the fight against climate change. The state Air Resources Board was granted nearly unlimited

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