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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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Nominate a northern California manufacturer for advanced MFG award

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 8, 2017

On November 7, 2017 the Sacramento Region Innovation Awards will recognize significant innovations, and the innovators and local companies that brought them to fruition. CMTA is honored to be on the selection committee and was proud to cast a vote last year for the advanced manufacturing category winner Free Form Factory

The 9-county northern California area benefits from world class industry, bringing leading edge research & development, good jobs and economic growth.

Don't miss your chance to nominate a manufacturer in the area before the submission period ends July 31. The second annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP with support from Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal recognizes recent business innovations in six categories. The 2017 award categories and 2016 winners include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing: Watercraft Manufacturing by Free Form Factory Inc. — a proprietary technique to manufacture personal watercraft hulls 10 times faster, 3.5 times stronger, and with no volatile organic compounds.
  • Food & Agribusiness: Radio Frequency Pasteurizer by RF Biocidics — a food-safety solution that eliminates harmful contaminants from foods using radio frequency technology.
  • Hardware & Electronics: Linkbot by Barobo, Inc. — a programmable educational robot that can be customized with snap-on parts and STEM curriculum.
  • Medical & Health Technologies & Services: B. infantis by Evolve BioSystems — a microbiome-based solution to establish, restore and maintain a healthy infant gut microbiome.
  • Software: The Risk Number by Riskalyze — a proprietary risk assessment product that measures individual investors’ risk tolerance.
  • Sustainability: FastOx Gasifier by Sierra Energy — waste gasification technology that transforms waste into clean, renewable energy.

The program was founded by the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP, which has had similar award programs in Utah and Idaho. The Sacramento Business Journal is the program’s media sponsor and Moss Adams LLP serves as the official CPA vote tabulator. The event will be held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West in Sacramento.

 
 
 

 





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Manufacturers can make a difference in the Capitol

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 3, 2017

CMTA never stops fighting for manufacturers in California's Legislature and regulatory agencies. One of the biggest challenges is keeping advocacy at the forefront of manufacturers’ thoughts and actions throughout the year.  We need manufacturers to engage on the most pressing issues in the Capitol so policymakers hear from the companies that invest in California and high wage jobs. We encourage active participation in CMTA's Champion advocacy engagement campaigns that range from contacting a legislative office or simply tweeting your company's concerns over an issue.

This week you should show your support for cost-effective climate change policy and a well-designed cap-and-trade system.  There will be an important vote soon on cap-and-trade and we need a chorus of manufacturers driving home the necessity of cost effectiveness in reaching California's new and demanding 2030 climate change goals. 

Click below to watch our 1-minute video on cap and trade and engage on the issue.





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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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