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Cap-and-trade: A cost-effective & durable path to CA environmental goals

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on July 17, 2017

I penned the following for the Sacramento Bee this week on the need for cap-and-trade. California must implement the most cost-effective and durable path to reach its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Californians should be proud that our current climate change program, including a cap-and-trade regulation, will successfully accomplish the 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target without serious economic disruption.

But reaching the 2030 goal will require faster and deeper emission cuts. Getting there will require carefully crafted regulations and effective legislative oversight. Cap and trade remains an important regulatory tool that needs legislative action to extend past its expiration date in 2020.

It is the most cost-effective emission-reduction approach to support job-creating industries, to protect consumers from unnecessarily high fuel and electricity prices, and to set a positive example nationally and internationally... READ MORE ON SAC BEE





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You can help shape a new NAFTA

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on June 13, 2017

Congress was notified on May 18 that the North American Free Trade Agreement would be renegotiated.  That kicked off a 90-day timeline for comments, hearings and advocacy on the key issues in the decades old treaty.  US manufacturers and their workers stand to gain or lose big in this process.

Our colleagues at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are in full gear to make the best case possible for manufacturers.  Your participation is crucial, and it’s easy to help.  The staff at NAM want to share stories of how NAFTA has been a benefit to your company – how you have grown in the US through sales or supplier relationships with Mexico or Canada. They also want to hear if there are improvements that need to be made in the agreement to address any problems.

The clock is ticking, so don’t delay.  Send information to me at drothrock@cmta.net.





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Send a signal to potential CA MFG investments now

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on June 12, 2017

I penned the piece below this week for the LA Daily News on the urgency of extending the State's sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment purchases. California must send a message soon that we want to attract the manufacturing jobs and investments we need to support a growing middle class in the State.

Guest Commentary: Manufacturers need help from California tax policy

Every day we hear about manufacturers embracing exciting new technologies to improve products, speed up production and be ever more efficient and environmentally responsible. Manufacturing workers are using robotics, sensors, 3D equipment and computerized supply-chain logistics to make their companies more competitive.

As the largest industrial state in the country, California must look for ways to capitalize on these trends by encouraging new manufacturing investments and jobs. Buying new manufacturing equipment is not cheap, but there is something our lawmakers can do to help.

Competitive tax policy for the purchase of manufacturing equipment is scheduled to expire in 2022. That sounds like a world away, but manufacturers are long-term planners who need more than five years of predictable tax policy to commit to major manufacturing investments. Unless we act soon, we will again become one of a few states that tax these purchases. … READ MORE ON LA DAILY NEWS





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California manufacturers need NAFTA

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on May 30, 2017

The Trump administration recently opened a 90-day consultation period with Congress that will set the stage for a formal renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the rules for trade between the US, Canada and Mexico.

Announced in a letter from the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the decades old NAFTA agreement was described as “outdated” and in need of modernization to incorporate more recent standards in US trade agreements. His letter also says the administration is motivated out of a desire to grow the U.S. economy.

It is hard to overstate the importance of NAFTA and other trade agreements to California's economy. Thousands of logistics and transportation jobs are supported by California’s role as the “state-of-destination” for more than 18 percent of all US merchandise imports (March, 2017). Our top export category is “Computer and Electronics Products”, a reflection of California’s high-tech manufacturing economy. And Mexico is our top export market – as their economy grows, the increasing demand there will support many new jobs here at home.  It’s a win-win. 

CMTA members include small and large manufacturers who greatly benefit from California’s access to robust supply-chains to connect with international markets for intermediate goods and final sales. They have relied on robust trade relationships under NAFTA to remain competitive in global markets and support high-wage manufacturing jobs in the state. Our proximity to Mexico makes just-in-time advanced manufacturing processes possible for the many California companies with trading partners located there.

We look forward to modernization of NAFTA to reflect advances in technology that have transformed our economy. We urge Congress to preserve and enhance those elements of the agreement that will improve the free flow of goods and keep California companies competitive in global markets.

In July CMTA will provide an update on the topics to be discussed in the negotiations. Questions about NAFTA negotiations can be directed to Dorothy Rothrock at drothrock@cmta.net.





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ICYMI: Funding for career, technical training vital to fill skills gap

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on May 22, 2017

In case you missed it, I penned the following piece that was printed in the San Diego Union Tribune last week (May 19), highlighting the need to ensure that interested students have the opportunities they deserve to join California's exciting advanced manufacturing economy.

Funding for career, technical training vital to fill skills gap -- by Dorothy Rothrock 

Every day we hear about manufacturers embracing exciting new technologies to become more streamlined, efficient and competitive. California’s innovative companies are adopting advanced manufacturing techniques to meet our stringent new environmental sustainability goals.

California needs a skilled workforce to perform all the jobs in our increasingly complex manufacturing economy. Trained machinists, electrical and mechanical technicians are already in high demand and can command middle class and better wages without a college degree. As one of the largest industrial states in the country, we need thousands of new workers to operate robots, manage data, and program computers to support manufacturing design, production and logistical systems. ... READ MORE ON SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE





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