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  • Business Roundtable Responds to Assembly Select Committee Investigating Gas Prices

    SACRAMENTO—California Business Roundtable President Rob Lapsley issued the following statement today following the creation of an Assembly Select Committee to investigate California’s high gas prices and alleged price gouging:  “The causes of gas price increases have been investigated repeatedly, with several Attorneys General finding no evidence or indications of collusion, price fixing, or price gouging.

  • Business Roundtable Responds to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revise

    SACRAMENTO—Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, issued the following statement in response to the governor’s May Revision to the state budget, which was released today: “The governor’s May Revise is both historic and ambitious in its overall revenues and spending. While the governor addresses important needs, especially in education, we believe that there

  • Business Roundtable Responds to Air Resources Board’s Draft Scoping Plan

    SACRAMENTO—Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, issued the following statement in response to the Air Resources Board’s Draft Scoping Plan Update: “We have and continue to support the state’s climate change goals. However, as we continue to implement our current policies, we are beginning to see the reality as the state transitions from

  • Business Roundtable Issues Statement on Latest California Energy Price Data

    SACRAMENTO-Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, issued the following statement today in response to the Center for Jobs & the Economy’s February Energy Price Data report and rapidly increasing cost of gasoline in California: “California-specific policies continue to drive up our gasoline and diesel prices, which are now the highest ever and will

  • Business Roundtable Responds to Middle-Class Tax Increase Proposal Introduced in California Legislature

    SACRAMENTO—California Business Roundtable President Rob Lapsley issued the following response today to the introduction of ACA 11, the companion piece to AB 1400 (Kalra), that will increase Californians’ tax burden by an additional $163 billion per year: “It is unconscionable to push another $163 billion in new and higher taxes onto working families and small

  • Business Roundtable Responds to Governor’s Commitment to Keeping K-12 Schools Open for In-Person Learning

    December 22, 2021 SACRAMENTO—Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Newsom’s announcement that K-12 schools will remain open for in-person learning as the state and nation address the growth of the Omicron variant: “As California continues to rebuild its economy, working parents reentering the workforce

  • Cost-of-Living Crisis Continues to Drive Up California’s Poverty Rate

    SACRAMENTO—According to data published by the U.S. Census Bureau today, California continues to have the worst poverty rate among all states when adjusted to account for government programs designed to help low-income families and necessary expenses for critical goods and services. “More people live in poverty in California than in any other state because of

  • Guest Column: Here’s what employers need from California to step up the fight against COVID

    Originally published in the Sacramento Business Journal on August 12, 2021 By Rachel Michelin, Rob Lapsley and Rex S. Hime The following was submitted in response to the opinion published Aug. 9 by Dee Dee Myers, director of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. There is little debate and little surprise that California has another

  • Statewide Business Community Responds to Governor’s COVID-19 Announcement

    SACRAMENTO—The following organizations from the statewide business community issued the following response today to Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that state employees will no longer be able to self-attest vaccination status at the workplace: “The governor’s approach will allow economic recovery to continue while redoubling efforts to encourage vaccinations. From the beginning of the pandemic, the

  • California Business Roundtable Responds to Governor Newsom’s Actions that Could Further Drive Up the Cost of Gasoline and Harm Economic Recovery

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2021 SACRAMENTO—Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, issued the following statement today in response to actions by the Newsom Administration to deny well stimulation permits, which could drive up the cost of gasoline and is a major step backward in our economic recovery: “The governor’s actions don’t follow

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