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  • Archive for July 1st, 2011

    Jul 1

    ANTI-BUSINESS BILL – AB 350 PASSES LABOR COMMITTEE

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    AB 350 (Jose Solorio; D-Santa Ana), backed by SEIU, would create protected classes of building services employees and dictates that they must be hired when changing a service contract.  This week the bill passed the Senate Labor Committee on a vote of 5-1, on a strict party line vote. 

    BOMA California President Ray Magnussen testified on the bill and provided first-hand knowledge about how the current law has negatively impacted his janitorial business and the companies he contracts with. 

    Several labor groups and individual union members provided testimony in support of the bill.  The justification for moving this bill forward was based on “the little guy” needing protection and time for transition.  Approximately 10 groups showed up to provide opposition to the measure including the CalChamber, the Grocers, NAIOP/ICSC, the Security Guards Association, and several others. 

    The next step in the process is the Appropriations Committee.  We basically have the next six weeks to communicate with Legislators to educate them about how this bill will negatively impact our businesses.  Click here for an example for an example letter, and/or respond to this email about ways to get more involved.

    Jul 1

    REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES TECHNICALLY ELIMINATED

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    In bad news, the budget “restructures” Redevelopment agencies in a way that many feel will be disastrous for local government and real estate alike.  Chris McKenzie, Executive Director, League of California Cities, said: “It is deeply regrettable that the Governor is choosing to ignore the State constitution and sign illegal legislation to eliminate redevelopment agencies. This is a smoke and mirrors budget that includes a phantom $1.7 billion in revenues from redevelopment agencies that will never materialize, ultimately triggering deeper cuts to other state programs down the line.” 

    For more information on what is happening with RDA’s and the potential lawsuit that has been threatened, visit http://protectourlocaleconomy.com/.

    Jul 1

    E-FAIRNESS INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET

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    We applaud a significant piece of the budget the Governor signed, AB 28x, which ends special treatment for online-only retailers. This legislation helps close a loophole that until now has put thousands of California businesses at a competitive disadvantage against out-of-state, online-only retailers to avoid collecting sales taxes. 

    California’s brick and mortar-based companies have been trying to correct this unfair tax treatment for a long-time. We still hope that a national solution can be agreed upon, but in the meantime, states like California absolutely must act in this manner to protect taxpayers and job providers.

    We thank the Governor and Assemblymember Skinner and Senators Calderon and Hancock for their pragmatic leadership on this issue, and our members thank them for their dogged determination.

    Jul 1

    WHAT’S IN THIS BUDGET?

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    Brown signed the $86 billion spending plan a day before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.  The budget package is a combination of spending cuts, fee hikes and relies on higher tax collections that might never materialize. Under the plan, General Fund spending is at its lowest level since the 1972-73 fiscal year when measured as a share of the state’s economy. Cuts enacted will affect nearly every aspect of California government, from universities and state parks to in-home services.  Click here to get more information about the budget directly from Governor Brown.

    Jul 1

    PROP 25 – MAJORITY VOTE – NO PAY

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    Although we all wish the budget was passed on time because legislators toiling under the Gilded Dome of the Capitol were all working together for the betterment of the State.  The more likely cause is the voter’s passage of Proposition 25 last year. 

    That ballot measure deleted the 2/3’s majority vote needed to pass a budget and included a “sweetener” that docked legislative pay for not meeting the deadline.  No one in the Capitol thought that latter provision would ever actually be enforced.  However, when Governor Brown vetoed the budget originally presented to him on June 15 – the first time ever a budget had been vetoed – he emphasized the fact that it was not balanced, which set forth a chain of events that led to State Controller John Chiang withholding legislative paychecks.  Then negotiations began in earnest.

    And elimination of the 2/3’s majority vote also played a key role, in that no Republican votes were needed to pass the spending plan.  But it should be noted, that a 2/3’s vote IS still required for tax increases, so the majority party still had a difficult time coming together on a plan, because it reduced government spending much more than they would have preferred.

    Jul 1

    ON TIME STATE BUDGET – HURRAY!

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    Let’s take a moment to celebrate the State of California passing an on time budget for the first time in what seems like forever.  Hurray.  And now for something completely different…

    Jul 1

    HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

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    What started out as a celebration to mark our young nation’s independence from England more than 200 years ago, has evolved into a national holiday that celebrates the American spirit and our nation’s independent and powerful leadership in the world. Our nation was founded by recognizing a person’s inherent rights and responsibilities. We were founded on the principles of equality, religious tolerance, and opportunity. These beliefs have been challenged many times over the years, but have always been defended by men and women willing to protect these principles, sometimes by risking the ultimate sacrifice.

    As you celebrate this year, take a moment to reflect on the unique and great nature of this country and to thank those who have given their lives to defend our way of life, as well as the current men and women in uniform in harm’s way. Because we have the freedom to do so, we sometimes get lost in the details of whatever societal argument we are currently in and a day like the 4th of July provides a good opportunity to spend time with family and friends, enjoy our freedoms, and reflect on what a truly great nation we live in.