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What matters: Making your voice heard

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on Feb. 9, 2018

Taxes, laws and regulations make a big difference to your business.  At the start of each year state legislators introduce hundreds of bills that could impact every aspect of your operations.  You don’t need to read them all…that’s what we do….but your job is to watch our capitol updates, tweets and emails and tell legislators when they are doing the right or wrong things for manufacturers.  What matters is that they learn how bills will impact your business.  When legislators see engaged manufacturers as part of the solution, we will increase our chances for sensible laws and regulations.

Here are some easy steps to take:

  • Contact your legislators – Tell them about your company - what makes you successful, what will help you create jobs and how government policies impact your business.  If you can arrange it, invite them to visit your plant and meet your employees.
  • Support manufacturing allies – Join your local regional groups and host candidates and legislators to your meetings. Another way to make a difference is a donation to the CMTA Political Action Committee. Every dollar that you contribute supports candidates who will be in a position to influence laws that impact manufacturing in California.
  • Make us better lobbyists on your behalf - Your experience in the real world of manufacturing from tax and workers’ compensation to air quality to energy issues make you an expert in how the laws and regulations affect your business. Join a CMTA policy committee where we decide what bills to oppose or support. Visit our website to learn more about the policy committees and how you can be involved.
  • Build the army – Thousands of manufacturers don’t yet belong to CMTA. We can make a big difference if these companies join the fight. Tell other companies about CMTA and multiply our influence in Sacramento. 
  • Use CMTA’s tools to engage when it’s most important – Sign up for mobile text alerts by texting “mfgchamp” to 916-571-9360. CMTA will only send a few key issue alerts by text per year. The links in the text will always be mobile-ready too … or sign up in the red Champions box at cmta.net to get alerts by email. 
  • Follow CMTA’s twitter @cmta for important tweets to retweet.

Manufacturing matters to California. You and your employees can tell the stories and deliver the messages that will make a difference.  Now is a great time to start!

 





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Message to California manufacturers - prepare yourselves for a wild ride in 2018!

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on Jan. 8, 2018

If there ever was a time to be involved with politics, this is the year. The national economy is growing at a rapid clip. Manufacturers in every sector are making bold new investments and hiring more workers.  Communities across the country are attracting manufacturers to their states to improve wages and quality of life for their citizens. 

We want California to be a leader in this national manufacturing revival.

How will that happen?  We need to tell candidates for Governor, legislators and local officials what you need to grow and prosper.    

This year is crucial.  The election in November will not only determine the next Governor, it could also bring new taxes and mandates through the ballot box. This year the legislature will debate dozens of proposals related to taxes, energy, climate change, labor protections, and workforce development.

CMTA will be smack in the middle of it all.  We didn’t get to be 100 years old by sitting around!

In fact, our Centennial celebration will be dedicated to showing that manufacturing is the engine that powered California in the past and will keep us on the cutting-edge of technological advancement in the future.  

CMTA lobbyists and communications team are on the job for you.  They will tell you what’s happening, listen to your concerns and make forceful arguments to our elected officials.  We’ll hold them accountable and let you know when they do the right thing…or not! 

Thanks for being part of the CMTA family. It is a pleasure and honor to represent California manufacturers in Sacramento. 

Best wishes for a prosperous New Year!   





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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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