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Fed Update: NAM holds roundtable with POTUS – CMTA member joins to talk MFG survey & issues
 March 31, 2017

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) president and CEO Jay Timmons led a group of manufacturing executives to the White House on Friday to meet with President Trump and unveil the NAM’s latest Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. ...
CA unemployment down, but CA lost 4,000 MFG jobs in February
 March 27, 2017

Despite California’s unemployment rate improvement to 5.0 percent in February and 22,900 new nonfarm payroll jobs, California lost 4,000 manufacturing jobs in the same month, according to the California Employment Development Department ...
Fed Update: NAM spotlights MFG with 2017 tour and visit to White House
 March 9, 2017

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) capitalized on national momentum and launched its State of Manufacturing Tour last month in Austin, Texas, at Emerson Electric Company with Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair David Farr. The ...
Fed Update: NAM discusses deregulation, tax reform
 Feb. 23, 2017

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons discussed regulatory reform and tax reform on CNBC this week. On regulations, Timmons said there are two issues. The first is “the issue of looking at the ...
International Paper's CA Capitol Day
 Feb. 22, 2017

International Paper hosted its Capitol Day on the South Lawn of the State Capitol on Thursday, February 23rd.  The general public got the opportunity to meet with IP employees and learn about the many different products they produce ranging ...
ICYMI: Grow CA MFG to lead on Climate Change
 Feb. 22, 2017

I penned the following piece this week for the Sacramento Bee (Feb. 21), highlighting policies that speak to the needs of California manufacturing so we can lead on climate change, grow our economy and attract other states to join the ...
Fed Update: U.S. Senators call for Ex-Im Board Nominee vote
 June 9, 2016

On Thursday, five Senate Democrats took to the floor to call on U.S. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (AL-R) to vote on the nomination of Mark McWatters to the board of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), which is currently lacking the ...
CMTA's magazine serves as a guide for 2016 for CA MFG
 Nov. 18, 2015

CMTA’s magazine California Manufacturers was released in October and it covers the regulations, laws and some ballot measures that will be considered in 2016, and ways that manufacturers can fight and win. We also profile a few ...
2016 Ballot may be longest in a decade
 Nov. 13, 2015

Just under one year out from the November 2016 election, the number of initiatives voters may face increases daily and may be the highest number in more than 10 years. According to the Secretary of State, seven measures have qualified for the ballot ...
Don't miss Nov. 12 Sacramento MFG event: CMTA to keynote
 Nov. 4, 2015

Manufacturers have challenges and this Sacramento event has answers. CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock will keynote a Manufacturing Solutions event in Sacramento on November 12, hosted by the Sacramento Valley SME. The entire event will ...
PRESS RELEASE: Manufacturers comment on new Strike Bomber being built in California
 Nov. 2, 2015

Sacramento, CA -- California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) president Dorothy Rothrock made the following statement on the Pentagon’s announcement to award the new Long Range Strike Bomber to Northrop Grumman: “The ...
Your CMTA magazine should be arriving in the mail
 Oct. 15, 2015

CMTA’s magazine, which will serve as your 2016 guide, should arrive this week in your mailboxes.  The California Manufacturers magazine covers the regulations, laws and ballot measures that will be considered next year, and ways that ...
California steps up for 4th annual Manufacturing Day
 Oct. 8, 2015

More than 120 California manufacturers (including more than 12 CMTA members) and training institutions opened their doors on Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) last week to show off our sector's incredible industrial innovation, facilities and jobs. ...
Our newest California Manufacturing Champion company
 Oct. 2, 2015

Last week, on National Manufacturing Day, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) announced its eighth Manufacturing Champion, Tri Tool out of Rancho Cordova, by releasing a recognition video that highlights the ...
CMTA member executives get discount on MFG Strategies Summit in Orange County
 Sept. 23, 2015

The 6th Annual American Manufacturing Strategies Summit, November 16 to 18, in Orange County provides networking and learning opportunities for the whole manufacturing industry. As a member of CMTA you are entitled to a 30 percent discount to attend ...
CMTA members and others getting on board for Oct. 2 MFG Day
 Sept. 24, 2015

  October 2, 2015 is National Manufacturing Day. CMTA staff will participate in Manufacturing Day by attending many of the events around the state and releasing a video of its newest Champion company - Tri Tool in Rancho Cordova. In San ...
Registering employees to vote is easy and critical to MFG success in CA
 Sept. 17, 2015

One key step to ensuring the manufacturing voice is heard is encouraging your employees to engage, and helping to facilitate their participation, by promoting voter registration.  People fail to vote for a lot of reasons -- lack of awareness, ...
2015 Legislative wrap up
 Sept. 18, 2015

The 2015 legislative year wrapped up last week on September 11th and it proved to be a busy one for CMTA’s lobbyists across the board from climate change and environmental issues to labor and tax issues. Below is a brief summary of some the ...
MFG DAY is getting close - October 2nd!
 Sept. 10, 2015

  October 2, 2015 has been designated National Manufacturing Day.  In fact, at the behest of CMTA, the California State Assembly even passed a resolution last month (ACR 94 by Assemblyman James Gallagher) officially designating ...
Leadership changes on the agenda in the final weeks
 Sept. 4, 2015

The California State Legislature has bucked the mantra that a slow and steady hand at the helm is the best way to get things done in the homestretch by announcing the changeover of three of the four legislative leaders in the span of a week. Senate ...
CMTA leader hits #34 on Capitol's most influential list
 Sept. 4, 2015

Capitol Weekly announced its annual "Top 100 Major Players” list last week.  CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock was ranked 34th in the touted index. CMTA staff congratulates Dorothy.  We are fortunate for Dorothy's service, ...
Registering employees to vote is easy and critical to MFG success in CA
 Aug. 26, 2015

One key step to ensuring the manufacturing voice is heard is encouraging your employees to engage, and helping to facilitate their participation, by promoting voter registration.  People fail to vote for a lot of reasons -- lack of awareness, ...
Manufacturing Day is Our Day! -- October 2nd
 Aug. 18, 2015

  October 2, 2015 has been designated National Manufacturing Day.  In fact, at the behest of CMTA, the California State Assembly even passed a resolution this week (ACR 94 by Assemblyman James Gallagher) officially designating the ...
CMTA member executives get discount on MFG Strategies Summit in Orange County
 Aug. 12, 2015

The 6th Annual American Manufacturing Strategies Summit on November 16 to 18 in Orange County provides networking and learning opportunities for the whole manufacturing industry. As a member of CMTA you are entitled to a 30 percent discount to ...
Get your manufacturing roadmap for 2016
 Aug. 6, 2015

CMTA never stops fighting for manufacturing in Sacramento.  Our lobbyists will be busy when legislators return August 17th for the last four weeks of session.  We also have our eyes on the future to see what issues in 2016 require our ...
CMTA members show off their stuff
 July 31, 2015

Earlier this week, CMTA members Alcoa Fastener Systems and Rings and Keystone Engineering hosted tours with legislators at their facilities to educate them about the value of manufacturing in California and the challenges facing the ...
As summer heats up Legislators take a break
 July 17, 2015

As the mercury rises in Sacramento, the 2015-16 Legislative Session hits the pause button and legislators head back to their districts for a month-long break. Policy committees finished their work on July 17th meaning that when legislators return on ...
Lawmakers hear CMTA's challenges and opportunities for California MFG
 March 19, 2015

CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock testified this week on behalf of California manufacturers at the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy. She focused on current state challenges in energy, workforce, workers' ...
Little Hoover urges leaders to wage stronger campaign against underground economy
 March 13, 2015

Thirty years ago, the Little Hoover Commission (LHC) warned that state officials must do more to limit the expansion of the underground economy and its activity.  In its report released this week, LHC declared that not enough has been done and ...
Twelve new manufacturers add power to CMTA's message
 March 5, 2015

We are increasing the number of manufacturers in CMTA to help us push for pro-manufacturing policies in California.  The 12 new members listed below will give the association a bigger voice and more resources to get the job done in ...
Power of Manufacturing on Display with IP Lobby Day
 Feb. 27, 2015

Earlier this week more than 30 employees from International Paper took to the Capitol to talk about what their company brings to California and encourage lawmakers to pursue policies that create a positive environment for their growth here. The ...
State fiscal picture looking up
 Feb. 20, 2015

The latest report from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) suggests state revenues through June 2015 could be $1 to $2 billion above the Governor’s 2014-15 Budget passed last year. According to the LAO, the state’s ...
CMTA on Display with 2015 Open House
 Feb. 5, 2015

The power of CMTA was on display this week during the 2015 Open House event at CMTA with more than 150 attendees, including a strong bipartisan group of more than 40 legislators and several appointed officials from the Administration, as well as ...
Members power CMTA
 Jan. 29, 2015

I remember an incident at a hearing I attended where the head of a regulatory agency opened the meeting by stating that the folks in suits (aka "lobbyists") should limit their comments to make sure there is enough time for the real people ...
CMTA members win CA Competes tax credit for expansion, hiring
 Jan. 23, 2015

CMTA Members California Steel Industries and U.S. Gypsum Company both were successful in the application process for tax credits under the California Competes Tax Credit program overseen by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic ...
California Manufacturing Growth Agenda
 Jan. 15, 2015

ATTRACT MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT TO CALIFORNIA Manufacturers are re-shoring jobs and investments to the USA and California should take steps to attract its fair share.  Options to increase competitiveness in this area include conforming with ...
Gov. Brown Sets New Climate Change Goals
 Jan. 9, 2015

In his combined State of the State speech and record-setting fourth Inaugural Address on Monday, Governor Jerry Brown announced ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with three major policy changes. On the table for 2030 are an ...
CMTA Staff Appointed to Community College Workforce Education Taskforce
 Dec. 18, 2014

Workforce education continues rise in its level of importance for California manufacturers struggling to recruit and retain a qualified workforce that meets the demands of business. Last week, California Community Colleges Board announced the ...
New CMTA Prez headlines Madera Economic Summit on Dec. 11
 Dec. 4, 2014

New CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock will keynote the Madera County Economic Summit on December 11 with her passion for California manufacturing and its tremendous benefits. Delivering her message that California manufacturers are the best in the ...
2015-16 Session Kicks Off
 Dec. 4, 2014

Every two years legislators return in early December to officially gavel in a new legislative session. Many incumbents promptly leave town for the rest of the month while freshman scramble to find the bathroom, hire staff and settle in to their new ...
State revenue picture looking brighter, but more taxes on the horizon
 Nov. 21, 2014

As the skies have opened in Sacramento to provide some much needed water, a recent analysis by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) projects that the State of California will end the year with a deluge of unexpected revenue and ...
There is more to 'Net Neutrality' debate than meets the eye
 Nov. 12, 2014

The internet is an incredible communications tool and an engine for job and economic growth, so it is critical that it remain open to innovation and new ideas in order for businesses to thrive. Improvements in communications infrastructure can ...
Soda taxes on state and local agendas
 Oct. 30, 2014

Calls for soda taxes are growing across California from the State Capitol to a number of local communities. Earlier attempts to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (aka "soda tax") have failed in the State Legislature and some Bay ...
CMTA positions on November 2016 propositions
 Oct. 23, 2014

Last week the CMTA Board approved positions on several propositions on the upcoming November 4th General Election. Below is a brief summary of the propositions and CMTA’s reason for those positions. Proposition 1: Funding for Water Quality, ...
Governor closes out 2014 legislative session
 Oct. 2, 2014

Yesterday, September 30th, Governor Brown officially closed out the 2014 Legislative session having signed 930 of the 1074 bills sent to his desk by the Legislature, vetoing 143, and letting one measure become law without his signature.  Below ...
Help us win more fights in 2015 and beyond
 Sept. 4, 2014

The end of a 2 year session is a great time to take stock of our situation and look ahead to new opportunities and challenges in the future. The good news is that Legislators are beginning to listen to our messages about high-wage manufacturing ...
New study on cost of doing business in California
 Aug. 15, 2014

Labor and energy costs were highlighted in a new study analyzing the elements of California’s 19 percent higher-than-average cost of doing business. The California Foundation for Commerce and Education (CFCE) study shows that ...
Don't miss this discussion on the intersection of manufacturing and technology
 Aug. 15, 2014

Please join Verizon Communications, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association and the National Association of Manufacturers on Tuesday, September 23 for a panel discussion on the intersection of manufacturing and technology and ...
The legislature is back — top bills to watch
 Aug. 7, 2014

After a July holiday away from hearings and other official action, Legislators have returned to Sacramento to take up the remaining bills of this two year session. To become law legislation must pass before the August 31 deadline and be signed ...
Lawsuit Filed Against Advisory Ballot Measure on Citizens United Decision
 Aug. 1, 2014

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown allowed SB 1272, the Overturn Citizens United Act, by Senator Lieu (D-Torrance) to become law without his signature. The measure allows for an advisory question under the guise of Proposition 49 on the November ballot ...
Urgent deadline for available employment training funds
 July 9, 2014

You now have less than two weeks to pre-apply to use Employment Training Panel (ETP) funds in the July 2014 – July 2015 ETP Fiscal Year. The deadline is July 18, 2014. Due to a surprise drop in funding levels your company now has less than ...
Register for the CA Economic Summit Capitol Day before the early bird rate expires!
 July 9, 2014

Haven't registered yet for the 2014 California Economic Summit - Capitol Day in Sacramento on August 12? Hurry, the early bird rate expires Tuesday, July 15!  Register Now: www.caeconomy.org/register Regional civic leaders are ...
Fed Update: Action needed in Washington DC - Tell your representatives to support the Ex-Im Bank
 July 3, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives could vote on the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank by August. CMTA's partner, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), has been a vocal advocate, educating Members of Congress ...
Tele-Townhall on manufacturing related taxes this Tuesday
 June 26, 2014

This Tuesday, July 1, 2014 a new California law takes effect that will allow manufacturers and some research and developers to receive a partial sales and use tax exemption when they make qualified purchases. Join a Telephone Townhall that same day, ...
Champions launch is a huge success!
 June 20, 2014

CMTA hosted its first Champions of Manufacturing Summit this week and the reviews are in. California manufacturing is a mind-blowing mix of innovation, opportunity and talented workers. The sector is simply the engine that drives California and we ...
California must catch the Manufacturing wave
 June 13, 2014

by Adam Carolla (ran in Fox and Hounds Daily June 13) It's coming - a big surge of manufacturing growth and investment is coming back to the United States in the next decades.  Companies are "re-shoring" their operations from ...
June 2014 primary election wrap-up
 June 6, 2014

With record low voter turnout, Republicans managed to gain the edge in a number of key legislative primary races. This does not bode well for Democrats who have largely held supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature until three Democrat ...
12 days left until Champions Summit -- Register!
 June 6, 2014

There are only 12 days left until CMTA's inaugural Manufacturing Champions Summit on June 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Space is limited. Register either to attend or watch online.  It's free. Funnyman and commentator Adam Carolla is ...
Deadline week for Legislation
 May 30, 2014

Hundreds of bills moved from one house to the other during this deadline week. Bills that did not pass their house of origin this week are likely dead for the year, but it is possible one or more may come up again depending on the type of bill, rule ...
Two manufacturing summits you can't miss
 May 30, 2014

  Jun 18: CMTA Champions of Manufacturing Summit in Sacramento (and live online) Adam Carolla is excited about the upcoming June 18 Summit.  He posted the following tweets recently: Jun 18th Join me & @cmta's #MFGchamp's ...
CMTA's Champions Summit emerging as center of gravity for California manufacturing
 May 16, 2014

No doubt about it -- California manufacturers are the best in the world and we need more of them. That's why so many entities are converging on CMTA's June 18 Champions of Manufacturing Summit at the Sacramento Convention Center. So ...
Send us your great manufacturing photos
 May 9, 2014

Help CMTA show the greatness of California manufacturing at our June 18 Champions of Manufacturing Summit.  Tweet one or two of your best photos of employees working on innovative products or technologies, with the ...
Fed Update: NAM urges review of burdensome regulations on manufacturers
 May 9, 2014

Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, seized the opportunity to call attention to the regulatory challenges facing manufacturers in the United States at an April 30 Joint Economic Committee hearing. The scope ...
Calling all California manufacturers
 April 29, 2014

Help CMTA show the greatness of California manufacturing at our June 18 Champions of Manufacturing Summit. You can elevate the perception of manufacturing by contributing to our video montage. Tweet one or two of your best photos of employees ...
Adam Carolla gives shout-out to manufacturing
 April 23, 2014

This week our Summit's Master of Cermonies Adam Carolla gave a shout-out to manufacturing and the upcoming June 18 Summit.   You can listen to the 30-second piece here.   Don't forget to: Register youself for the event. ...
Tell your suppliers and employees about CMTA's Champions Summit and Adam Carolla
 April 11, 2014

As we previously reported, talented funnyman and commentator, Adam Carolla, has agreed to host the California Manufacturers & Technology Association's Champions of Manufacturing Summit. You may have heard Carolla on the radio, on ...
Help the BLS paint an accurate picture of manufacturing
 Feb. 20, 2014

  CMTA often relies on statistics to make our case with the Legislature and regulators regarding the state of California manufacturing. Often our research on occupational, wages, and other employment data leads to the Bureau of Labor ...
Fed Update: NAM urges lawmakers to move on critical infrastructure funding
 Feb. 14, 2014

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined forces this week to urge Congress to adopt a multiyear, fully funded ...
Get involved in legislative races!
 Feb. 7, 2014

If you want to make sure good people are serving in state government, now is the time to make your voice heard and fully engage in state election campaigns. The stakes are higher than ever with the changes in legislative term limits under ...
Spread the word to support California manufacturing
 Dec. 13, 2013

It’s hard to believe – thousands of medium and small manufacturers are not members of the CMTA. Maybe they don’t know that we are the only statewide trade association solely dedicated to the well-being of California manufacturers. ...
Brown announces appointments
 Nov. 25, 2013

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Camille Wagner, 31, of Sacramento, as chief deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of the Governor, where she has served as deputy legislative affairs secretary since ...
Manufacturing Summit in L.A. on December 6
 Nov. 14, 2013

The White House, Governor Jerry Brown's Office, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and numerous private and public sector decision makers will be gathering Friday, December 6, in Los Angeles for a Manufacturing Summit hosted by the California ...
All-star lineup delivers at CMTA Board meeting
 Nov. 8, 2013

CMTA held its November board meeting last week in San Diego, where leaders in government and industry presented vital information to California manufacturers.Politics took center stage when State Republican Party Chairman Jim Brultespoke about his ...
Assembly Speaker announces run for Controller
 Oct. 17, 2013

Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) has officially announced his intention to run for State Controller.  Although Perez had previously shared his intent to seek the office with his Democratic colleagues, he was clear that he also ...
Fed Update from NAM -- Supreme Court agrees to review NAM’s Greenhouse Gas case
 Oct. 17, 2013

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) first-ever greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting regulation for stationary sources. ...
Fed Update from NAM -- Bipartisan deal narrowly avoids default, reopens Federal Government.
 Oct. 17, 2013

After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, Congress approved an agreement on October 16 that raises the federal government’s borrowing authority and provides funding for the federal government. The President signed the legislation just after ...
National Manufacturing Day takes hold in California
 Oct. 10, 2013

Vista Metals wins best tweet photo with “Aluminum into Mars wheels” Last Friday, October 4, was National Manufacturing Day and California manufacturers joined a sweeping campaign by the National Association of Manufacturers to peel back ...
California's Innovation Hub Program expands
 Oct. 10, 2013

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced the expansion of California's Innovation Hub (iHub) Program with the designation of four new centers around the state. The iHub Program is designed to enhance the ...
Mitchell elected to Senate, Rodriguez to Assembly and another runoff to go
 Sept. 26, 2013

In a special election held this week to fill the Senate seat (Senate District 26) vacated by former Senator Curren Price’s move to the Los Angeles City Council, Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles, Assembly District 54) garnered 80 ...
Ask your employees to tweet their best manufacturing picture on October 4!
 Oct. 2, 2013

October 4 is Manufacturing Day across the country. We need your employees to join their other California manufacturing colleagues by tweeting a picture of a cool machine or an exceptional product. We need to prove the ...
Bills to the Governor
 Sept. 18, 2013

On September 12th, California’s Legislature concluded its first year of session. Any bill not passed by the Legislature is generally a two-year bill which means it can be brought up again in 2014, but will have stricter deadlines than bills ...
Ask your employees to tweet their best manufacturing picture on October 4!
 Sept. 11, 2013

October 4 is Manufacturing Day across the country.We need your employees to join their other California manufacturing colleagues by tweeting a picture of a cool machine or an exceptional product. We need to prove the ...
Major legislation moving
 Sept. 6, 2013

Last week was the deadline to move bills from committees and onto the floors of the legislature. Bills must pass by September 13 and be acted on by the Governor by October 13. Many bills have already been deemed “two-year” bills and will ...
The 'MFG DAY tool kit' is here
 Aug. 28, 2013

  October 4, 2013 has been designated Manufacturing Day.  A countrywide push has been established to get manufacturers to host events on that day and tell their story to students, families, elected officials, customers, suppliers and ...
CMTA fights for aerospace manufacturing
 Aug. 22, 2013

CMTA's Jack Stewart testified last week in Redondo Beach at Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi's Select Committee on Aerospace Industry hearing with SpaceX, the Director of Governor's Office of Economic Development, Kish Rajan, and CMTA members ...
NAM produces excellent video on economic benefits of trade
 Aug. 15, 2013

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) produced and advertised an excellent video this week on the whopping economic benefits of trade in the United States.People all over the world want products produced in America. Over the last 20 years ...
Mark your calendar for national Manufacturing Day
 Aug. 1, 2013

October 4, 2013 has been designated Manufacturing Day.  A countrywide push has been established to get manufacturers to host events on that day and tell their story to students, families, elected officials, customers, suppliers and business ...
U.S. Agriculture and Commerce departments host California roundtable on manufacturing development
 July 18, 2013

On Thursday, the White House and the U.S. Agriculture and Commerce Departments hosted an "Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership" (IMCP) roundtable in Woodland, California. The event was designed to provide feedback to the ...
Governor's EZ overhaul approved by Senate and Assembly
 June 27, 2013

The Governor's "Economic Development Proposal" to replace the Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program with a sales tax exemption (STE) on manufacturing equipment, a new hiring credit and a fund for attracting and retaining jobs passed out of the ...
Governor Jerry Brown shows up to CMTA board meeting to support manufacturing
 June 6, 2013


Labeling bill moves forward
 May 30, 2013

Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is the author of SB 465, “Container Packaging and Labeling,” which clarifies that “nonfunctional slack fill” (the empty space in a package that is filled to substantially less than its ...
Tax on sweetened beverages looses steam
 May 30, 2013

A bill to put a penny per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, SB 622 (William Monning, D-Carmel), was held in the Senate Appropriations Suspense File last week. As a tax levy, it requires a two-thirds vote of the legislature to pass. This ...
Update on top policy issues for 2013
 May 23, 2013

  CMTA is the only statewide organization dedicated to improving the business climate for manufacturers. We support policies to remove barriers to investment, reduce regulatory burdens, provide a skilled workforce and ensure competitive tax ...
Video: Cap-and-trade auction, Career tech education, economic analysis on regs
 March 14, 2013

Don't miss some of CMTA's most important public testimonials and discussions from the past week. Nicole Rice in Assembly Budget Subcommittee on protecting career technical education under the Governor's Local Control Funding ...
Political disclosure bill seeks to chill business activities
 March 7, 2013

SB 121by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) is a reintroduction of her bill from last year, SB 982. It requires certain publicly-held corporations to annually disclose to shareholders their past political expenditures and to start providing 24 hour ...
Twelve CMTA members rank among the 'World's Most Ethical'
 March 7, 2013

The Ethisphere Institute -- a leading business ethics think tank -- announced this week their  2013 "World's Most Ethical Companies" list , according to their seventh annual survey results.Twelve CMTA members made the list. ...
Bills, bills, bills...
 March 1, 2013

As the dust settles from last week’s bill introduction deadline, February 22nd, it appears the Legislature has introduced a record low number of bills for the current two-year session. According to the final bill count, the Legislature ...
Senator Rubio Resigns
 March 1, 2013

The Capitol community received some shocking news last week as Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) announced his resignation from the California State Senate. In his press release, Rubio explained his decision to resign was to meet the needs of ...
Congratulations International Paper
 Feb. 28, 2013

International Paper has been ranked No. 1 in forest and paper products sector on Fortune Magazine's 2013 list of America's most admired companies.  This is International Paper's tenth time in the last eleven years to top the ...
Split roll legislation redux
 Feb. 8, 2013

Once again, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation targeting provisions of Proposition 13 (1978) and calling for a split roll tax system. According to Ammiano, the current system provides a loophole for commercial ...
Plastic bag ban legislation resurfaces
 Jan. 31, 2013

Freshman Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) has re-introduced legislation seeking a statewide ban on the use of single-use plastic bags by grocery stores and large retailers. The new bill, AB 158, is comparable to previous legislation in that it ...
CMTA President to address Manufacturing Expo next week
 Feb. 7, 2013

CMTA president Jack Stewart will partner with the Milken Institute's Kevin Klowden on a keynote panel at the Southern California Advanced Manufacturing Expo this Thursday at 12:15 p.m. PST in the Anaheim Convention Center.  The panel will ...
Get to know your legislator
 Jan. 18, 2013

Message to all manufacturers, large and small - We need your help. There are 39 new members of the state assembly.  At CMTA we can do our best to tell them about manufacturing and how to vote on bills, but they care most about the people and ...
New disability regulations and reorganizing the Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing
 Jan. 10, 2013

Amendments to the state’s Disability Discrimination regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law and took effect December 30, 2012.  A copy of these new regulations can be found here (http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/res/docs). The ...
CMTA welcomes new legislators
 Dec. 7, 2012

A new legislative session began December 3 with bill introductions covering topics related to health care implementation, expenditure of Prop 39 funds, enterprise zones, California Environmental Quality Act, campaign disclosures, a ...
California legislature reconvenes as new members are sworn-in
 Dec. 7, 2012

This week marked the official start of the 2013-14 legislative session as newly-elected members were sworn in, given committee assignments and started introducing bills. In total, 39 first-time legislators were sworn-in Monday afternoon, ...
CalRecycle releases EPR publications
 Nov. 29, 2012

CalRecycle has just released Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) evaluations of greenhouse gas emissions associated with several products developed through contracts with UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara (June 2010-May 2012). The result of this ...
2012 California manufacturing vote record is out
 Nov. 21, 2012

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has published its 2012 annual manufacturing vote record. To assemble the vote record we take bills with the largest impact on manufacturers that reached both the Senate and the Assembly. ...
The evolving nature of manufacturing
 Nov. 21, 2012

"Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation" is a recent report by McKinsey Global Institute. The researchers highlight the diversity of manufacturing types – ranging from global innovation firms for local ...
Carcinogen identification committee meeting
 Nov. 21, 2012

The California Environmental Protection Agency's (Cal/EPA’s) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will hold a meeting on November 29th to consider if the Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) should place C.I. ...
November 2012 General Election Wrap-Up
 Nov. 7, 2012

After a seemingly endless and hostile campaign season, Legislative Democrats in California closed out Election Day on the cusp of a supermajority in both houses that would provide unilateral authority to raise taxes in the state. Such an outcome ...
Don't forget to vote 'No' on Props 37 and 39
 Oct. 25, 2012

CMTA's Board of Directors voted earlier this year to oppose propositions 37 -- labeling of genetically modified foods -- and 39 -- mandatory single sales tax formula --  in the upcoming General Election.  Don't forget to do the ...
State paint recycling program begins
 Oct. 25, 2012

As of October 19th, California became the second state in the nation to implement a statewide paint recycling program. The program, created and supported by both industry and government regulators, was established by new state law requiring paint ...
CMTA oppose positions on Props 37 and 39
 Oct. 15, 2012

Why CMTA opposes Proposition 39  Prop 39 is a $1 billion tax increase on California manufacturers. Multistate Tax Policy change: Proposition 39 would eliminate the three-factor apportionment formula that has been a part of California law ...
Rising gas prices lead to government action
 Oct. 12, 2012

In response to rising gas prices, Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has announced that his Senate Select Committee on Bay Area Transportation will convene a hearing this November to examine the reliability and safety of California’s gasoline ...
CMTA is helping Southern California Edison get the word out on power line safety
 Sept. 21, 2012

Southern California Edison has made power line safety education a priority and CMTA has agreed to help get the word out on their "Worker BEWARE" program. Over the coming weeks, we will use this outlet and others to get you information to ...
CMTA Chairwoman discusses California skills gap and manufacturing job creation on KCBS radio
 Sept. 14, 2012

CMTA Chairwoman and Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation President Pamela Kan appeared on KCBS live radio last week to discuss the state of California's workforce, the role of manufacturing in reviving the economy, and her recently announced appointment to ...
GO-Biz new appointments, expanded authority
 Sept. 14, 2012

Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown announced several key appointments to the executive team of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, also known as GO-Biz. Chief among them was the appointment of Mr. Kish Rajan as ...
Green chemistry workshop, Monday, September 10, Sacramento
 Sept. 6, 2012

The Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) will hold a public hearing on the proposed green chemistry regulations, (officially, “the Safer Consumer Products Regulation”) on September 10th at 10 a.m. in Sacramento.  Persons ...
End-of-session victories for manufacturers
 Sept. 6, 2012

On Friday night at approximately 1:00 a.m. (Saturday morning) the 2012 Legislative Session gaveled to a close.  CMTA's advocacy team delivered California manufacturers some much needed victories.  Following are some of CMTA's key ...
CMTA opines in Capitol Weekly on flawed cap-and-trade
 Aug. 30, 2012

Flawed cap-and-trade plan can still be fixed before Legislature leaves -- by Jack Stewart After years of bureaucratic fog, there’s a ray of sunshine illuminating and hopefully repairing the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) ...
Local government will be hit hard by state's climate change policies
 Aug. 23, 2012

This week CMTA released two case studies on the local impacts of California climate change policies on two counties -- Sacramento and San Diego. They are additions to the previously released Andrew Chang report on statewide impacts. The studies ...
Comment extensions granted for green chemistry & stormwater
 Aug. 23, 2012

This past week, 30-day extensions were granted for written comments on two very complex, onerous issues that are facing manufacturers. The California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CalEPA’s) Department of Toxic Substances Control ...
CMTA joins opposition against bill limiting infrastructure development
 Aug. 3, 2012

SB 580 (Lois Wolk, D-Davis) would prohibit land acquired for the state park system, through public funds or gifts, from being disposed of or used for other purposes incompatible with park purposes without the California Parks and Recreation ...
California loses more manufacturing jobs
 July 27, 2012

California lost another 4,400 manufacturing jobs in the month of June, even though the state's unemployment rate decreased from 10.8 percent to 10.7 percent after adding 38,300 overall jobs.  The state continues to lag the nation in ...
Don't forget to register for next week's manufacturing summit
 June 22, 2012

On Thursday, June 28, we are revealing a long-awaited AB 32 cost impact study and a manufacturing investment study at our Manufacturers Summit in the Sacramento Convention Center. Expert demographer and political analyst Joel Kotkin, the Sacramento ...
Long list of bills narrows
 June 15, 2012

The first of June marked the legislative deadline for passing bills out of their House of Origin.  Those measures that failed to meet this target are essentially “dead” for this legislative cycle, absent a grant of a rule waiver or ...
June 2012 primary election
 June 7, 2012

Yesterday’s election marked a new era in California voting with two unprecedented changes to the state’s election and voting structure instituted at the ballot box. For the first time, general election candidates were chosen via a top ...
Don't miss the June 28 Manufacturers Summit
 June 1, 2012

The 2012 CMTA Manufacturers Summit will be held Thursday, June 28 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Sacramento Convention Center. The theme is, 'Can California compete for jobs in America's manufacturing renaissance?' The program will feature Joel ...
'Must-Read' for the week
 May 4, 2012

Premier demographer Joel Kotkin takes on why the middle class and manufacturing is suffering in California. The New Class Warfare California’s superwealthy progressives seem intent on destroying middle-class jobs. by Joel Kotkin Few states ...
Bad bills fail to move
 April 20, 2012

The deadline for "fiscal" bills to move out of policy committees is April 27.  Some bills have either been abandoned by the author, amended to another purpose, or have failed after hearing.  But there is no guarantee that the ...
Brown submits reorganization plan
 April 6, 2012

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown submitted a government reorganization plan to the Little Hoover Commission for review and recommendations. According to Brown, the goal of his proposal is to "streamline government, make it more efficient, and ...
Employer good-faith reliance on government advice protected
 March 23, 2012

Currently, when an individual or business seeks guidance from a state agency and relies on the information provided, they are given no protection or benefit if litigation is ultimately filed to challenge the agency’s advice.  SB 1374 (Tom ...
Must Reads
 March 2, 2012

On energy costs Is energy the last good issue for republicans? by Joel Kotkin On the other side of the energy divide stand a handful of dense, mostly coastal metropolitan areas with either little in the way of energy resources or, in the case of ...
Recent CMTA Tweets
 March 2, 2012

Sen. Doug LaMalfa on mandating 'single sales' tax liability on CA employers: "It is a punishment without purpose" fb.me/RsWhfiBL A step in the right direction for a CA #manufacturing sales tax exemption. BTW, every CA manufacturer ...
Have you expanded California operations in the last two years?
 March 2, 2012

The Site Selection Magazine editor is looking for a few California companies that have expanded in recent years.  They are hosting a panel on the topic at the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) annual conference in ...
Must-reads for the week
 Feb. 24, 2012

On California career technical education Vital student programs may be sacrified on the altar of flexibility by Jim Aschwanden The proposed budget can’t be characterized so much as inspired thinking as it is a manifestation of ...
CMTA Tweets
 Feb. 3, 2012

CMTA Pres: Manufacturing job creation IS a State issue. We must position California to attract potential investment. fb.me/JWOQ5vj9 Feb 4 Jack Stewart: 2011 US mfg jobs +212,000; CA mfg jobs -4,000 RT Michael @MichaelSaragosa @CapitolAlert ...
Controller sued over docking legislative pay
 Jan. 27, 2012

This week, California’s democratic legislative leaders sued State Controller John Chiang for blocking their pay during last year's budget dispute.  Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez ...
CMTA welcomes new lobbyist
 Jan. 20, 2012

This week, CMTA welcomed its newest staff member and advocate, Nicole Rice, who will cover a range of manufacturing issues in the state Capitol. Rice, who holds a Juris Doctorate (JD), is highly qualified with a wide array of skills and 10 years of ...
California manufacturing employment takes another hit in December
 Jan. 20, 2012

California manufacturing took another hit in December with the loss of 2,500 more jobs, according to the  state's Labor Market Information Department monthly employment release on Friday. The loss brings the state's annual manufacturing decline ...
Some don't miss reading from this week
 Jan. 13, 2012

This week there was an excellent opinion piece placed in the Orange County Register and elsewhere on California's ever-developing Green Chemistry program.  Former Food and Drug Administration official and Hoover scientist Henry Miller took ...
CMTA Tweets
 Jan. 13, 2012

Fox&Hounds -- Give Fracking a Break bit.ly/wBj4L8 Jan 13 Excellent piece by Loren Kaye on state boards trumping Legislature on tax increases with CARB's "cap and tax" and... fb.me/GrzlfD15 Jan 11 California slips another spot ...
Huff elected Senate Republican Leader
 Jan. 6, 2012

Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) was elected unanimously as Senate Republican Leader following a vote of the Senate Republican Caucus on their first day back in session, Wednesday, January 3rd.  Huff represents the 29th Senate District covering ...
Industrial stormwater permit update
 Dec. 22, 2011

The State Water Resources Control Board sent this message on Wednesday, December 21st:   “Staff of the State Water Board is working to address the comments we received on the previous draft (posted in January 2011). Since the comment ...
Recent CMTA tweets
 Dec. 22, 2011

  This is one reason why North Dakota is above the national avg. (and CA far below) in per capita manufacturing... fb.me/1qtogSUJg -- Dec 21 Dan Walters explains that California's high cost of energy drives investment elsewhere. ...
CMTA engages in Capitol forum on 2012 legislation to grow state's economy
 Dec. 9, 2011

On Thursday, December 7, Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) held a formal discussion in the state Capitol on California's Economic Crisis. CMTA President Jack Stewart, former California finance director Mike Genest, Pacific Research Institute's (PRI) ...
CMTA Tweets
 Dec. 2, 2011

  FoxNews on lack of skilled workers for available manufacturing jobs. Reports on need for career tech in high... fb.me/1a4DJZp8H Dec 2 White House, CMTA member Dow Chemical focus on training to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing. ...
Press Release: Manufacturers (and CMTA members) receive environmental awards
 Dec. 2, 2011

Sacramento, CA -- In November, some innovative CMTA-member manufacturers made us proud by receiving awards for their environmental excellence. At the Annual Statewide Environmental Summit in San Diego, four CMTA-member companies received awards: ...
Recent CMTA tweets
 Nov. 3, 2011

Cal Portland Cement says cost of CA carbon credits could cost them $7 billion. They could halt their Colton cement operations indefinitely fb.me/UfF9YdNI -- 4 Nov RT @ShopfloorNAM Republican Presidential Forum on Manufacturing in Pella, Iowa is ...
Challenges to redistricting
 Nov. 4, 2011

Last week, the California Supreme Court rejected two legal challenges to the state's new Senate and congressional maps.  The two separate lawsuits were rejected by identical 7 to 0 votes. The court's decision ended the first hurdle to ...
Supreme Court rejects challenges to redistricting maps
 Oct. 28, 2011

This week, the California Supreme Court rejected two legal challenges to the state's new Senate and Congressional redistricting maps.  The two separate lawsuits were rejected by identical 7 to 0 votes. The court's decision ended the first ...
CMTA tweets this week
 Oct. 14, 2011

AB 32 Implementation Group opinion on current cap-n-trade proposal: "The proposed design of the cap-and-trade... fb.me/1elR6YyWX Oct 13 Kotkin: Silicon Valley can no longer save CA.... fb.me/ws7tFzE6 Oct 13 How 1 manufacturer deals w/ ...
CMTA's 2011 legislative vote record is out!
 Oct. 7, 2011

CMTA worked on more than 100 bills during this legislative session, all with their own unique impacts on manufacturing. Eleven of the 100 were a priority because of their substantial impacts on the manufacturing community on topics such as ...
CMTA Tweets
 Oct. 7, 2011

The manufacturing sector loses 13,000 jobs in September after losing 4,000 in August. fb.me/12VrmkPZU Oct 7 Manufacturers respond to California's important first step on economic analysis on regulations fb.me/zbkYjASS Oct 6 Bloomberg: ...
Legislature approves move of initiatives to November only
 Sept. 23, 2011

A last-minute proposal to limit initiatives and referendums to the November general election ballot is in the hands of Governor Jerry Brown. SB 202 (Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley) would shift any future ballot measures that qualify for next June to ...
We need your help in collecting California Meal and Rest data
 Sept. 23, 2011

Has your company been subject to litigation concerning California's Meal and Rest period laws?  Participate in this survey to educate California lawmakers about the high costs of this difficult policy. California's Meal and Rest requirements ...
2011 session comes to a close
 Sept. 15, 2011

The 2011 session came to a close shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. In the final hours, members were making tense partisan jabs at one another, inserting quirky phrases in to their otherwise formal speeches, and struggling to stay awake. A ...
CMTA tweets
 Sept. 15, 2011

@Bill_Watkins There's scant evidence Sac's political class is ready 2 engage on serious economic reform beyond hollow, meaningless rhetoric. Sep 16 California's unemployment rate increases to 12.1% in August: tinyurl.com/3vlzd5x Sep 16 More ...
Big first step toward improving California's regulations
 Sept. 2, 2011

On Thursday, September 1st, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) held a press conference to announce a package of bills designed to improve California's regulatory ...
CMTA tweets
 Sept. 2, 2011

  CMTA prez J.Stewart participating in 11a.m. press conf 2 support economic impact analysis on new regs. Stay tuned 4 link 2 watch #camnfg Sep 1 Another post on CA being dead last in new job and biz creation. fb.me/116ENeP5p Aug 29 ...
Brown appoints job czar
 Aug. 19, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Democrat Michael Rossi as his new senior jobs advisor.  The position was created following requests by statewide business leaders that Brown appoint a person as a liaison between them and the Administration ...
Final district maps receive heavy criticism
 Aug. 19, 2011

This week, the Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) voted and finalized the newly drawn district boundary maps for all 80 Assembly, 40 Senate, 53 Congressional, and four Board of Equalization (BOE) districts. Of the Commission’s 14 members, ...
CMTA tweets
 Aug. 19, 2011

  California's cap-and-trade needs to be well-designed to protect manufacturers bit.ly/qd6xXT GROW #camnfg jobs Aug 17th Another manufacturer gone: CA precision metal company goes to Texas because "CA taxes and fees are too ...
Brown signs bill to ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages
 Aug. 5, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation, SB 39 (Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima), banning the manufacture and sale of caffeinated beer beverages in the State. In addition to California, similar bans has been passed in Massachusetts, New York, ...
Respond to national survey on workforce shortage
 July 21, 2011

As part of CMTA's on-going partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute, we are assisting in an important study that they are conducting with Deloitte examining the impact of the shortage of qualified ...
CMTA tweets this week
 July 21, 2011

California needs a plan to save and create jobs. http://fb.me/QnJmnzoF Jul 20 KQED: TX guv headed west / RT @jasonembry Perry going back to California tomorrow "to meet with business leaders," spokesman says. Jul 19 ShopfloorNAM: ...
CMTA tweets
 July 15, 2011

  Bill Watkins: "California companies fleeing the Golden State" bit.ly/q5fJd1 What is surprising is that this is news to some. Jul 12 Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in White House blog after CA Manufacturing Summit: "We stand ...
Bill to ban initiatives that cost government $5 million or more
 July 8, 2011

A change to California’s constitution regarding initiatives is being proposed by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) in the form of ACA 6. It would prohibit an initiative from being submitted to the electorate if either the Legislative ...
Opportunity knocking: Redistricting maps open doors to Congress
 July 8, 2011

A draft congressional map released earlier this month by the state’s bipartisan redistricting panel has ushered forth a parade of up-and-coming lawmakers eager to launch campaigns – in some cases taking on prominent longtime ...
CMTA key tweets this week
 July 1, 2011

To see all of the many Summit tweets, use this link: #mfgsummit (Thanks to @DualVee, @CaliforniaLabor, @ssmith_calabor, @PeeKan, @GavinNewsom, @chrisgarland, @Foratv, cvdemocrat, @b2bdirectnet, @pridesanjose for tweeting and following) Here are a ...
Countdown to CMTA's June 29 Everything Grows with Manufacturing Summit
 June 24, 2011

The June 29 Everything grows with Manufacturing Summit will feature 10 leading and diverse panelists -- including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and moderator Greg Lucas -- one live webcast, more than 175 attendees, and a multitude of visions to grow ...
CMTA tweets this week
 June 24, 2011

Our facebook event got messy. Both FB & auto tweet said our June 29 #mfgsummit started @ 12:30. WRONG, IT STARTS at 9:30 a.m.!! The emergence of a 3rd American Coast. Trade activity is shifting to Gulf ports. tinyurl.com/6yezf38 ...
CMTA tweets
 June 17, 2011

Updated panelists 4 CMTA's Jun29 Mfg Summit: http://bit.ly/l6ed6K added Boeing exec B Ceilas, Labor leader Art Pulaski, G Lucas #mfgsummit Jun 17 LATPoliticsCA LA Times CA Politics: Jerry Brown vetoes Democratic budget plan [Updated] ...
Lucas, Pulaski, Meier-Wright, DeVol and Ceisla added to June 29 Manufacturing Summit
 June 10, 2011

Flyer | Register Our agenda is shaping up for the June 29 Everything Grows with Manufacturing Summit. This week, we added political columnist Greg Lucas as our moderator.  New panelists include AFL-CIO leader Art Pulaski, Boeing ...
CMTA tweets
 June 3, 2011

Yale Professor sees the 'Economic stagnation' light at 30,000 feet: http://bloom.bg/mncviA Jun 1 Chevron CEO: CA needs to adopt common sense business principles http://bit.ly/kLchbu GROW #camnfg ! #2millionjobs Jun 1 CA Jobs Now: ...
500 survey responses and counting: Help make California better for manufacturing
 May 27, 2011

Please take 5 minutes to answer our Manufacturing Competitiveness Survey. Your response will help state lawmakers understand how you view the regulatory climate in California.  We have 500 respondents so far but we need thousands to make a ...
CMTA tweets
 May 20, 2011

Brilliant piece on "Why shop class is still relevant": http://huff.to/j1C4hj May 20th Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom: CA still has no clear economic plan to "get back in the jobs game" http://bit.ly/j4p842 GROW #camnfg! May 17th ...
CMTA tweets this week
 May 6, 2011

AP: Texas pursues Calif. businesses (in Vernon) after jobs summit http://apne.ws/lQAFIS May 6 Max Shenker: CEO Mag: "California, once a business friendly state, continues to conduct a war on its own economy." http://bit.ly/kFHPXU May ...
CMTA tweets this week
 April 29, 2011

  Jack Stewart participates in follow-up press conf to TX fact finding trip. TX ="Planning, Predictability & Pride" http://img.ly/3EtW Apr 29 Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems will move part of its Goleta operations ...
CA manufacturing leader tells Fox Business that California needs a jobs plan
 April 27, 2011

Last week, CMTA president Jack Stewart attend a bi-partisan fact finding trip to Texas to further understand why they have grown a million jobs while California lost 800,000.  During the trip, Stewart went on the Fox Business Channel to ...
CMTA tweets this week
 April 21, 2011

Don't miss CMTA President talking Texas "Predictability, Planning and Pride" in job creation on KOGO radio: http://youtu.be/YrBtYcYBXZ4 Jobs Leave High-Cost Locations (@ShopFloorNAM) http://bit.ly/eeIxJl Apr 21 Lt. Gov. Gavin ...
CMTA tweets this week
 April 15, 2011

  Cash register manufacturer, Fujitsu, moving from southern CA to NY http://bit.ly/gYt5Cb GROW #camnfg! Apr 15 Catch CMTA pres. on Fox Biz Channel today at 9:30 a.m. talking CA economic recovery & Texas fact finding trip #Newsom ...
CMTA tweets this week
 April 8, 2011

  Bill Watkins: Horrors. Gov. shutdown may delay economic statistics. http://on.wsj.com/i0Td2P That hurts. Apr 8th Ongoing survey says smarter regs will spur CA growth. Process reform bills to be heard tues in Sen. Govt Org hearing ...
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom presents economic development plans to CMTA Board
 April 1, 2011

On Tuesday, at CMTA's quarterly Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom surprised attendees with a fervent speech about economic development, and the critical role of manufacturing in California's recovery. Newsom ...
CMTA Tweets this week
 April 1, 2011

There are twice as many working for the gov (22.5M) than imanufacturing (11.5 M) a complete reverse since 1960. http://tinyurl.com/3s93ds8 Mar 31 Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom presents economic development plans to CMTA Board http://bit.ly/fuCDiD ...
Performance-based budgeting supported
 March 25, 2011

CMTA supports SB 14 (Lois Wolk, D-Davis) to improve the operation of state agencies through performance-based budgeting. The purpose of performance-based budgeting is to inform policy, fiscal, and oversight decisions by the Governor and the ...
CMTA tweets this week
 March 25, 2011

#camnfg jobs grew by 3,600 in Feb. (+.02%) http://1.usa.gov/fcBRl6 A few tiny gains over last year, but ou… (cont) http://deck.ly/~1REof Mar 25 RT @senatordutton: A story about my common-sense bill, SB 395,Cal Watchdog: "Investment ...
Aerospace and defense manufacturing expo & conference
 March 25, 2011

Impressive lineup: Speakers and agenda The AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Technical Conference features 27 sessions across four tracks in manufacturing, advanced materials, supply chain, and quality, measurement and inspection. The only event ...
Don't miss the Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Conference
 March 17, 2011

Aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturing professionals will meet April 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center for AeroDef Manufacturing 2011, the first exposition and technical conference focused solely on A&D manufacturing. AeroDef was ...
You can help make California better for manufacturing
 March 18, 2011

Please take 5 minutes to answer our Manufacturing Competitiveness Survey. Your response will help state lawmakers understand how you view the regulatory climate in California. Regulatory issues burden manufacturers and can lead them to expand and ...
CMTA tweets
 March 18, 2011

  From Long Beach to Oklahoma City RT @IndustryWeek: Boeing to Lease Facility in OK for B-1 and C-130 programs. http://bit.ly/hSmkyL Mar 18 Ray McNally: "It’s hard to stay in a place where you feel hated all of the ...
CMTA tweets this week
 March 3, 2011

  Capitol Weekly -- budget vote next week, at least in the senate, probably Thursday...be there or be square... Mar 1 CMTA Board members Pamela Kan & Kellie Johnson participate in U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative. ...
CMTA Tweets this week
 Feb. 18, 2011

Mark your calendar for CMTA's Manufacturing Summit in Sacramento: March 29, 2011. Stay tuned. #camnfg #manufacturing Feb 17th Senator Jean Fuller discusses Regulatory reform to bring back CA manufacturing http://j.mp/iaL3jj #camnfg Feb 17th ...
CMTA tweets this week
 Feb. 11, 2011

  Speaker John Boehner- Today the House directed our committees to root out #jobs-crushing federal rules & regulations: http://bit.ly/elRPTY #pledge Feb 11th California is fifth worst in the country in new manufacturing investment: ...
Manufacturers respond to Democrats' green economic development initiative
 Feb. 4, 2011

This week, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) announced their "Clean Energy Jobs" initiative (watch).  The plan re-introduced a 33% renewable portfolio ...
CMTA tweets this week
 Feb. 4, 2011

CA election results cited as reason 4 company's move 2 Texas http://j.mp/eSmajl Copart taking 334 jobs & $2.7 billion market value with it Feb 3rd Copenhagen Prof.: "Instead of making fossil fuels cost more, concentrate on making the ...
2011 should be the year for big legislative signals to California manufacturing
 Jan. 28, 2011

Educating the legislature and regulators on the importance of manufacturing to our economy is important. Providing those legislators with policies that will encourage the sector's growth is even more crucial. Ensuring that they understand that ...
CMTA tweets this week
 Jan. 28, 2011

  Employers exit as CA fiddles. The only way to solve CA's budget woes is to focus on private-sector job creation. http://tinyurl.com/45b2pu3 Jan 28 11 more companies have left CA completely or re-directed capital elsewhwere since last ...
2011 should be the year for big legislative signals to California manufacturing?
 Jan. 27, 2011

Educating the legislature and regulators on the importance of manufacturing to our economy is important. Providing those legislators with policies that will encourage the sector's growth is equally as consequential. Ensuring that they understand ...
CMTA tweets this week
 Jan. 21, 2011

  RT @KQED_CapNotes: California's unemployment rate in Dec ticked up slightly to 12.5%, says new state report  Jan 21st Path Is Sought for States to Escape Debt Burdens Through Bankruptcy http://tinyurl.com/6fb93yj  Jan 21st ...
Budget initiatives would not be the only ballot measures
 Jan. 14, 2011

Governor Brown's tax extension proposal wouldn’t be the only measure considered by voters if the plan is scheduled for a June statewide special election. Two initiatives have qualified for the next statewide election, currently scheduled for ...
CMTA Tweets
 Jan. 14, 2011

  California based SoloPower will invest $340 million in Oregon manufacturing plant and employ 500 workers http://bit.ly/gpKSu8 GROW #camnfg!! Jan 14th   Yet another California based solar company opening a manufacturing plant ...
Redistricting Commission Finalized
 Dec. 17, 2010

In what could prove to be one of the most significant changes to the California political landscape in decades, the final six members of California's first independent citizens redistricting commission were selected Wednesday, Dec. 14th.  ...
Annual SBE Council Report
 Dec. 17, 2010

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) has released its annual “Small Business Survival Index: Rating the Policy Environment for Entrepreneurship Across the Nation.” According to the report, California ranks ...
CMTA tweets this week
 Dec. 17, 2010

CA tied for 2nd worst in unemployment (only troubled NV worse) RT @WSJ_Econ: Labor Market Stagnant in Most U.S. States http://bit.ly/hq7jJ4 - Dec 17th 21st Century #mfg in S. Dakota RT @ShopfloorNAM: video of @theglif #iphone stand mount ...
CMTA Tweets this week
 Dec. 10, 2010

  LA Mayor Villaraigosa: ""The most powerful defenders of the status quo are the teachers' unions." http://lat.ms/hOEbeT #cacte #careertech- Dec 10th Calif. ranks 48th in ‘business friendliness’ : ...
CMTA Tweets this week
 Dec. 3, 2010

  Shopfloor NAM Commerce Dept, #Manufacturers, FedEx to team up to overcome obstacles to exports for smaller companies. http://shopfloor.org/?p=16605 (cw) Dec 3rd Texanomics Midland-Odessa economies continue to exhibit impressive ...
AG race too close to call
 Nov. 10, 2010

As of Wednesday at 10 a.m. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley held a 9,555-vote lead over San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in the race for attorney general. Cooley has 3,895,569 votes, 45.9 percent, to 3,886,014 for ...
CA manufacturing gets a little help in state's races and propositions
 Nov. 3, 2010

Here's the "GOOD" for manufacturing Prop 26 passed and taxes can't be passed as fees. Prop 24 failed and a few of CA's competitive tax policies remain. Redistricting commission remains intact (Prop 20 passed and Prop 27 ...
Senate republican leadership transfers hands
 Oct. 15, 2010

Following the Governor’s signing of this year’s budget, Senator Bob Dutton (R-Inland Empire) officially took over as Senate Republican Leader.  You may recall that Dutton was elected by the Senate Republican Caucus back in January ...
Legislative update
 Oct. 1, 2010

The outcome of bills passed in the 2009-2010 regular legislative session is officially over.  By the end of the Governor’s September 30 deadline to act on bills at his desk, he signed 726 bills and vetoed 298 for the year, many of these ...
Some CMTA tweets this week
 Sept. 24, 2010

  RT @michaelshaw76 @aaronmclear: First SNL now Jon Stewart. Public sentiment continues to turn against unions http://bit.ly/aOTYK0 Meal & Rest regulations fix should be for all workers and industries, not just Unions: ...
Deal or No Deal?
 Sept. 17, 2010

Is that show even still on?   Who knew California’s budget process could parallel a TV production that left audiences clinging to a never-ending and often disastrous cycle of "no-deal"? Fresh off the Governor’s return ...
CMTA tweets this week
 Sept. 17, 2010

Camnfg lost 3,800 more jobs in August -- http://bit.ly/9BBnKw -- down 34.1% since the state's precipitous decline started in January 2001 Sep 17th   Camnfg already takes on workplace initiatives & prevents abuses. Ask Gov 2 veto ...
'Manufacturing a Better Future for California' event in the East Bay
 Sept. 10, 2010

On Thursday, Sept. 16, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and the Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex) are hosting their quarterly East Bay event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Claremont Country Club in Oakland. The event ...
Legislative session ends
 Sept. 3, 2010

August 31st marked the end of the 2009-10 Legislative Session with a flurry of bills moving off the floors while others remained bottled up due to inter-house conflicts. Republican legislators stood up many times for their right to see legislation ...
CMTA tweets this week
 Aug. 20, 2010

  Biz relocation expert on FoxNews yesterday on real exodus of jobs and opportunity from CA #camnfg #2millionjobs http://bit.ly/co9mGk! Aug 20th Anyone see that SF is seeking a CEQA exemption so they can get the economic activity from ...
Bills move off appropriations suspense file
 Aug. 13, 2010

As we move into the last weeks of the two-year legislative session, many bills have been held in appropriations committees in each house due to their fiscal impact on the state budget. The legislature determined this week the bills that will remain ...
Manufacturers make key endorsements this week


 Aug. 13, 2010

CMTA President Jack Stewart participated in a six-city tour with U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina this week to endorse her campaign to unseat Senator Barbara Boxer this Fall.  This is the first federal candidate endorsement CMTA has made in ...
State meets with employers on workers' comp assessment
 July 30, 2010

Earlier this month, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) held a large stakeholder meeting to discuss employer assessments and how those dollars are spent. Employers are assessed a fee every year that is used to administer several divisions ...
CMTA tweets this week
 July 23, 2010

8 reasons CA venture capital is not getting to the people who need the jobs http://bit.ly/8XvBGG #camnfg #2millionjobs #caprops Jul 22nd continuing from last tweet on U.S. unemployment: CA among the worst in duration of unemployment at 16.1 ...
This week's CMTA tweets
 July 16, 2010

Uptick in #camnfg jobs in June (7,300): http://bit.ly/9ussdy CA still down 33% (625,000) since 2001. RT @senatordutton: New from CalWatchdog: ARB throws couple in jail http://bit.ly/d37H67 about 21 hours ago First Tesla-Toyota prototypes ...
CMTA Board of Directors elect new officers
 July 2, 2010

The CMTA Board of Directors elected new officers at its June 24-25 Board meeting in San Diego to lead the association for the next two years: Chair, Board of Directors: Kellie Johnson, ACE Clearwater Enterprises Vice Chair, Board of ...
Manufacturers take November ballot positions
 July 2, 2010

CMTA’s Board of Directors voted to take three more positions on the November ballot initiatives at its board meeting last week in San Diego. The association has now taken a position on seven initiatives. Positions taken last week: ...
June 8th primary election
 June 11, 2010

With the close of California’s primary election on June 8th, many of the key general election races – state and local – had already been decided. The election’s low voter turnout met expectations at about 30%. Most ...
House of origin deadline
 June 4, 2010

Today, June 4th, the Legislature faces the House of Origin deadline where it must pass all bills from the house in which they originated in. According to reports, the Legislature had to vote on an estimated 360 bills this week to meet the deadline. ...
Manufacturing loan program passes Assembly
 June 4, 2010

This week the Assembly unanimously passed AB 2437 (V. Manual Perez, D-Cathedral City) which establishes the California Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2010 for the purpose of supporting the retooling and expansion of California's manufacturing ...
Regulatory economic analysis bill passes Assembly
 June 4, 2010

AB 2529 (Felipe Fuentes, D-Los Angeles), providing for peer review of agency economic analysis, moved off of the Assembly floor. The existing Administrative Procedures Act requires that agencies provide economic impact estimates when developing ...
Governor's May Revise Budget
 May 21, 2010

The summer budget series is off and running with the first pitch of the season coming from the Governor on Friday by way of the May Revision. It recasts the budget problem as a $17.9 billion two-year budget deficit, which consists of $7.7 billion ...
Redistricting expansion initiative qualifies for Nov. ballot
 May 7, 2010

This week the California Secretary of State’s office officially qualified an initiative to add redrawing congressional districts to the duties of the Citizens Redistricting Commission.  The initiative is now the third measure to qualify ...
Abel Maldonado confirmed as Lieutenant Gov.
 April 30, 2010

Following a long confirmation process that began shortly after the New Year, the Legislature and Governor officially confirmed State Senator Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) as Lieutenant Governor of California.  Maldonado’s confirmation ...
CMTA chief lobbyist 48th in 'Top 100 Players' ranking
 April 23, 2010

Capitol Weekly has announced the Top 50 of its annual "Top 100 Major Players" list.  CMTA's Dorothy Rothrock was ranked 48 in the prodigious index. 

CMTA is indeed fortunate for Dorothy's service and is the beneficiary of ...
Support CMTAs regulatory reform 2 million jobs by 2020 campaign
 March 12, 2010

CMTA is coordinating an effort to make the regulatory system in California more cost-effective and predictable through measures that ensure regulatory agencies, departments, and boards understand the impacts of proposed regulations and are held ...
State Controller releases February cash report
 March 12, 2010

State Controller John Chiang released his February cash report Wednesday, March 10th, which showed an 8.7 percent ($480 million) increase from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s January budget proposal estimate. “Revenues came in above ...
Little Hoover Commission Report Office of Economic Development
 March 5, 2010

According to a report released by the independent Little Hoover Commission, California would benefit from the creation of an Office of Economic Development. The report suggests that since the closure of the Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency in ...
CMTA testifies on regulatory campaign at Jobs hearing
 Feb. 19, 2010

On Wednesday, February 17, Cynthia Leon testified on CMTA's emerging "2 Million Jobs" regulatory campaign at the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy. The committee members heard from different industries and ...
CMTA lobbyist goes on the record for the advocacy community
 Feb. 5, 2010

CMTA lobbyist, Cynthia Leon, recently spoke with The California Channel on her role as a lobbyist for the manufacturers of California and the work involved in passing good policy.  You can see it here: Video .  
Redistricting commission needs YOU!
 Feb. 5, 2010

The deadline to apply for California's first-ever citizen-run Redistricting Commission is February 12.  They need lots of applicants to inevitably fill out the 14-member commission. The only prerequisites to apply are that ...
CMTA president to speak at manufacturing conference
 Feb. 5, 2010

CMTA president, Jack Stewart will be speaking at the Solano Economic Development Corporation's conference -- Why Manufacturing Matters for California's Future -- on February 25th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield. Stewart and other industry ...
LAO analyzes Govs budget proposal
 Jan. 15, 2010

On Jan. 13th, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released their analysis of the Governor’s 2010-11 budget. While calling the proposal reasonable under the dire circumstances of the state’s fiscal health, the LAO also called out ...
Gov appoints two Calif. Energy Commissioners
 Jan. 15, 2010

The Governor recently announced the appointment of Anthony Eggert and Robert Weisenmiller to the California Energy Commission (CEC). The CEC is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. It’s responsibilities include forecasting ...
Initiative process under review
 Nov. 13, 2009

The Senate and Assembly Select Committees on Improving State Government met on Thursday, November 12th, in Oakland for the second of a series of hearings to address reform in the state’s governing structure.  The hearing focused on the ...
CMTA lobbyist shuns Cal alma mater after 42-3 drubbing by the Oregon Ducks
 Oct. 2, 2009

That's some sweet cotton, Cynthia.
2009 Legislative Session Ends
 Sept. 17, 2009

The 2009 Regular session closed with over 3,052 bills introduced, only 1,108 of which were sent to the Governor over the course of the year for his consideration.  The last week was chaotic with rule waivers, gut and amends, committee hearings ...
CMTA President to moderate California Bioscience Business Roundtable
 Aug. 21, 2009

On Wednesday, August 26, CMTA president, Jack Stewart, will moderate the California Bioscience Business Roundtable forum at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park, CA.  The Bioscience Business Roundtable's mission is to promote public ...
Don't miss Assembly hearing on CMTA's recently commissioned manufacturing report
 June 29, 2009

On Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy will hold an informational hearing on California's manufacturing competitiveness.  The focus of the hearing will be the CMTA commissioned report, ...
CMTA Board takes positions on May initiatives
 March 26, 2009

The CMTA Board discussed and approved the following positions on the ballot initiatives slated for the May 19 general election.  Propositions 1-A through 1-F are related to implementation of the 2009-10 budget passed by the legislature and ...
New Senate Republican Leader Senator Dennis Hollingsworth
 Feb. 20, 2009

Amidst the ongoing budget saga playing out inside the State Capitol, the Senate Republican Caucus announced early Wednesday morning that Senator Dave Cogdill (R-Fresno) had been replaced as Senate Republican Leader. Senator Dennis Hollingsworth ...
Legislative update
 Oct. 3, 2008

The outcome of bills passed in the 2007-2008 legislative session is officially over.  By the end of the Governor’s September 30 deadline to act on bills at his desk, he signed 771 bills and vetoed 415 for the year, many of these actions ...
Forklift Regulation ALERT
 Sept. 26, 2008

Forklift regulations, referred to as "Off-Road Mobile Source Fleet Rules for Large Spark Ignition Engines", passed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in May of 2007, will begin taking effect this January (2009).  If you own ...
Apply now for the 6th annual Flex Your Power awards
 Sept. 26, 2008

Businesses, organizations and public agencies across California are taking steps to save energy and reduce operating costs, and the state would like to recognize this hard work. Flex Your Power is seeking applications for their 6th Annual Flex Your ...
Budget goes to Governor
 Sept. 17, 2008

Both houses of the California State Legislature agreed to a compromise budget early Tuesday morning, marking the beginning of the end to the longest budget stalemate in California state history. By the afternoon, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ...
CSAs Supplier Transformation Forum
 Sept. 17, 2008

The California Space Authority (CSA) will host the 3rd Annual Supplier Transformation Forum:  Supplier Innovations on October 7, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Redondo Beach, California.  CSA ...
Governors veto threat places 800 bills in limbo
 Sept. 12, 2008

Although the Legislative Session was supposed to have closed on August 31st, the Legislature did not adjourn, it recessed.  Over 800 bills remain at the Assembly and Senate desks rather than being sent to the Governor.  This is a result of ...
Napa Golf tournament to raise funds for Get REAL - Oct. 6
 Sept. 12, 2008

The California State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) are raising money for the Get REAL effort (Relevance in Education and Learning) by holding a golf tournament ...
2008 Legislative Session comes to a close
 Sept. 4, 2008

There were 2,829 bills introduced in 2008.  Nineteen have been vetoed and roughly 500 bills have been signed.  In it’s final days, the Legislature worked on more than 1,000 bills.  Over 870 bills are currently pending action by ...
E-Pedigree bill on Governor's desk
 Sept. 4, 2008

SB 1307 (Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles), currently pending the Governor's action, would give California pharmacists, medical wholesalers and pharmaceutical manufacturers until at least 2015 (four years beyond the current deadline) to create an ...
The California money grab continues
 Aug. 27, 2008

It seems there is no shortage of the Legislature’s attempts to overwhelm California’s already struggling taxpayers. Assemblymember Charles Calderon (D-Whittier) has introduced legislation in the concurrently running fiscal emergency ...
Bill would charge ratepayers for Climate Change Institute
 Aug. 27, 2008

A bill recently amended, SB 1762 (Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata, D-Oakland), would increase costs to California ratepayers for the creation of a Climate Change Institute. This major proposal, which calls for 870 million dollars in ...
Workers compensation bills head to the Governor
 Aug. 27, 2008

Although Governor Schwarzenegger has vowed to veto any legislation that arrives on his desk prior to passage of a budget, the Legislature has passed hundreds of bills, but is holding them in enrollment. Two of which would have a significant impact ...
PAGA expansion bill will also increase lawsuits
 Aug. 22, 2008

As we creep towards the end of the legislative session, a bill to provide further incentive for frivolous lawsuits under the private attorney general statute awaits action by the State Assembly.  If passed, SB 1113 (Carole Migden, D-San ...
New Statewide grassroots group inaugurated with Sen. David Cogdill
 July 16, 2008

On Thursday, July 10, the California Industry and Trade Council (CITC) held it's inaugural meeting in Sacramento with Senate Republican Leader David Cogdill (Fresno) on hand to explain why the group's efforts will be so important.The group was ...
Never say die in the state legislature
 July 2, 2008

The California State Legislature is amazingly adept at resurrecting the dead, especially when the dead happens to be a sweeping new tax proposal. In April, a bill, AB 1956 (Charles Calderon, D-Whittier), which would have imposed an expansive, ...
Draconian procurement legislation passes Senate Judiciary Committee
 June 26, 2008

On June 24th, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would have a dramatic, negative impact on the state and local government procurement process and cause significant harm to the state’s large business community engaged in ...
Recapping CMTA's Legislative priorities
 June 19, 2008

Green ChemistryFor years, we have professed that scientists should make the decisions on which chemicals or products should be restricted or banned.  In May of last year, Cal EPA announced the launching of their Green Chemistry Initiative, a 14 ...
Confidential records bill moves out of senate committee
 June 13, 2008

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed AB 2379 (Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa) on June 11.  If passed by the full Legislature and signed by the Governor, the bill would greatly undermine the appeals right for orders pertaining to sealed court ...
New assembly committee chairs
 June 13, 2008

Though her appointments will not take effect until this December, Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) has already announced changes to some very important Assembly Committees:Assembly Appropriations ...
Divulging consumer product information
 May 30, 2008

SB 509 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto), Consumer Product Content Information, is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, June 4, before the Assembly Business and Professions Committee.  This two-year bill (introduced in 2007) requires consumer product ...
Governors lottery proposal fails with most Californians
 May 30, 2008

A new poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California found that a majority of Californians are not in favor of the Governor’s plan to use the state lottery as a means to fix the current budget deficit.  Of those surveyed, 58 ...
LAO critical of Governors May Revise
 May 23, 2008

Upon review of the Governor’s May Revise budget plan that has cited a $15.2 billion budget shortfall, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst (LAO), Elizabeth Hill, has indicated that she believes the Governor’s budget plan utilizes overly ...
Learned intermediary doctrine under fire in Assembly
 May 23, 2008

This week, the full Assembly may be considering AB 2690 (Paul Krekorian, D-Burbank), which if passed, would lead to increased liability for pharmaceutical manufacturers and potentially decreased access to appropriate medication.AB 2690 attempts to ...
Bass appoints leadership team
 May 23, 2008

Newly-appointed Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) has named Assemblywoman Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) as the next chair of the Budget Committee and Assemblyman Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) as the next chair of the Appropriations Committee ...
Heat illness prevention network initiated
 May 23, 2008

Last week the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) initiated the first alert for the Heat Illness Prevention Network.  The Network is a group of individuals and organizations that can communicate with employers and employees when the heat ...
Senate committee changes
 May 2, 2008

Last week the Senate Rules Committee instituted a number of Senate committee membership changes effective immediately.  The changes are as follows:Appropriations - Battin and Steinberg were both removedEnvironmental Quality - Corbett replaces ...
Senate Appropriations to suspend bills
 April 11, 2008

The Senate Appropriations Committee has announced that it will begin sending every bill that requires $50,000 or more in General Fund funding to the Senate "Suspense File".  This is a major decrease in a limitation that has been set ...
State Board of Pharmacy delays drug-tracking system
 April 11, 2008

The California State Board of Pharmacy has delayed the implementation of a law requiring electronic tracking of all prescription drugs to reduce the chance of counterfeits entering the supply chain until 2011.  This is the second delay for the ...
CMTA has moved to the heart of Capitol
 April 4, 2008

After 14 years on the 22nd floor of 980 Ninth Street, CMTA opened the doors to its new two-story headquarters in the heart of the Capitol at 1115 Eleventh Street, Sacramento. "We see tremendous benefit to moving so close to the Capitol," said CMTA ...
CMTA is moving
 March 28, 2008

After 14 years on the 22nd floor of 980 Ninth Street, CMTA is moving into new offices.  We closed our office in the U.S. Bank building on Friday, March 28, and will reopen in our new building at 1115 Eleventh Street (Sacramento, CA 95814) on ...
Bill passes leg committee that will prohibit workplace retaliation
 March 28, 2008

On March 26th, the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee passed SB 1244 (Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara) on a 3 to 2 vote.  The bill prohibits employers from taking any disciplinary action against an employee who is related to or works ...
Union organization by card check lands on Governors desk
 March 14, 2008

SB 867 (Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles) to unionize child care providers was sent to the Governor on March 11th. The bill authorizes family child care providers to form, join and participate in "provider organizations," for purposes of negotiating with ...
Business climate policies targeted - R&D, NOL and enterprise zone program
 Feb. 22, 2008

The non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) is out with a new report on the State’s overall budget crisis, including ways to raise revenue. This report was prepared for the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to consider in ...
3rd time a charm?: Consumer rebate mandate bill is back
 Feb. 22, 2008

Senator Mike Machado (D-Linden) has introduced SB 1257 to further regulate manufacturers' and retailers' rebates to consumers. The bill is very similar to bills by then-Senator Figueroa, SB1154 in 2004 and SB 1737 in 2006, which were opposed by CMTA ...
California Life Sciences Day in the Capitol: March 26
 Feb. 22, 2008

CMTA partners with the California Healthcare Institute on their annual California Life Sciences Day in the Capitol.   This is the perfect opportunity to join leaders in the biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biomedical ...
Frivolous lawsuit reform bill introduced
 Feb. 15, 2008

A newly introduced bill seeks to exclude frivolous claims within otherwise legitimate lawsuits. AB 1891 (Roger Niello, R-Sacramento) would allow a judge to award attorney’s fees to the opposing side for unjustified parts of a lawsuit. The bill ...
Health care tax initiative pulled new tax initiative floated
 Feb. 1, 2008

With the demise of ABx1 1 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles), the major health care reform legislation agreed to by Assembly Speaker Nunez and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, lawyers for the advocates have notified the Attorney General's office that they ...
Governor calls special session for fiscal emergency
 Jan. 11, 2008

On Thursday, January 10th, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released his much anticipated budget plan – a harsh $101 billion spending plan that cuts virtually every facet of state government in an effort to close the projected $14.5 billion ...
Punitive damage reform proposal faces first hearing
 Jan. 11, 2008

On Tuesday, January 15th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider SB 423 (Tom Harman, R-Orange), which aims to provide a clear standard for reasonable punitive damages awards. The bill would limit such awards to no more than three times the ...
Potential ban on packaging containers
 Jan. 4, 2008

Last December, Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) "gut-and-amended" AB 954 into legislation which prohibits the manufacture, sale and distribution of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) packaging containers.  The ban would go into effect ...
Assembly passes historic healthcare reform
 Dec. 21, 2007

On Monday, December 17, the California State Assembly made a bold statement by passing a healthcare reform bill, ABx1 1 (Fabian Nuez, D-Los Angeles) by a vote of 46-31.  The vote was on the heels of an agreement last week between Governor ...
SCIF audit is finally released
 Dec. 14, 2007

This week RSM McGladrey, a business accounting and consulting firm hired by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) to audit the operation of the State of California Insurance Fund (SCIF), released their findings.  The audit focused on the ...
Big issues on the CMTA plate in 2008
 Nov. 21, 2007

Moving into 2008 are many bills left over from 2007, the first year of the two year session.  To see a list of CMTA's priority legislative bills with numbers, authors, titles, brief summaries, positions and status, go to: ...
State budget meltdown looming
 Nov. 16, 2007

The non-partisan Legislative Analyst, Elizabeth Hill, released her latest analysis of the state budget this week and warned that the state is facing a budget shortfall of nearly $10 billion. She noted that in less than three months since lawmakers ...
CMTA receives $1 million to train 1,215 California workers
 Sept. 7, 2007

On August 24th 2007, CMTA was awarded a $1 Million Employment Training Panel (ETP) contract, allowing CMTA member companies and their suppliers to earn ETP training funds without applying directly to the State of California.  Member companies ...
Meal and rest period public forum
 July 27, 2007

The recent enforcement and implementation of the new meal and rest period regulations have caused some concerns and confusion amongst all types of employers.  Many employers and employees have looked to the courts for clarification.  Most ...
Mid-year wrap up
 June 21, 2007

A turning point for legislative lobbying efforts occurred a couple weeks ago when bills faced their house of origin deadline. To remain active for this year, legislators needed to pass their bills off their respective floors to be considered in the ...
Toxics Should we copy Massachusetts?
 April 27, 2007

In 1989, Massachusetts passed the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) to create a program to force reduction in the use of toxic chemicals. Each large quantity user is required to provide a detailed annual report for each toxic or hazardous substance ...
Expanding paid family leave
 April 13, 2007

In 2002 the State of California was the first state in the nation to establish a Paid Family Leave insurance program (PFL) that would be compatible with the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  FMLA allowed on a national level for ...
Strategies for California Competitiveness -- Register today for California Tech 100 Conference
 April 13, 2007

Leading the Innovation Transformation is the key to California’s global competitiveness. The California Tech 100 is a two-day conference for entrepreneurs, angel and venture capital investors, university and public policy leaders, workforce ...
Renewable portfolio legislation to be heard April 9th
 March 30, 2007

Legislation increasing the utility renewable electricity portfolio requirement from 20 percent to one-third will be considered by the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on April 9th. Pursuant to law and the state "Energy Action Plan", the ...
New restrictions on contracts with the state
 March 30, 2007

Every legislative session has bills imposing new restrictions on companies seeking to do business with the state. However, this session has far fewer than normal. The main issues raised so far focus on the hiring of undocumented workers, hiring from ...
CMTA welcomes Cynthia Leon as new human resources lobbyist
 March 16, 2007

Join CMTA in welcoming Cynthia Leon as our new Director of Human Resources, Workers’ Compensation, and Safety and Health.  Most recently, Cynthia was Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Nicole Parra (D-Hanford), supervising the day to day ...
Dow/Union Pacific cooperative agreement announced
 March 9, 2007

On Wednesday, March 7th, Dow Chemical, a CMTA member, and the Union Pacific Railroad, a CMTA associate member, announced a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) reinforcing the companies' long history of working together to improve safety and security in ...
Thousands of bills introduced
 March 2, 2007

While relatively few bills (less than 300) had been introduced prior to last week, approximately 2,600 bills hit the desk before the deadline, February 23. At least 30 days must pass before these bills can be heard in committee.  This means ...
CMTA announces Boeing as third California Manufacturer Leading the Way recipient
 Feb. 1, 2007

CMTA published its third edition of the California Manufacturers Leading the Way (CMLW) series this week and unveiled The Boeing Company of southern California as one of many companies contributing tremendous positive economic and social ...
CMTA Winter Policy Conf.
 Jan. 25, 2007

Tuesday, January 30th There is still time to register for the CMTA Winter Policy Conference on Tuesday, January 30, from 9:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center. Important issues affecting business in California – climate ...
Welcome to the New Year
 Jan. 3, 2007

Welcome to the New Year and what promises to be a busy legislative session!  CMTA lobbyists and staff are already putting shoulder to wheel to improve the business climate for manufacturers.  We are meeting new legislators, reviewing ...
The Year to Come
 Dec. 20, 2006

The next legislative session is looming over the horizon. What will be on our plates in 2007 and beyond? The few bills introduced so far are either re-runs or "spot" bills (little or no substance) and give us only a few clues about the ...
Kick off the New Year with CMTA - January 30, 2007
 Dec. 15, 2006

Many new individuals have joined the legislative ranks this session.  Thirty-eight new legislators will join veterans who themselves have been in office for a relatively short time. Legislators serving prior to 1992 have been pushed out by term ...
California's biotech industry says shortage of trained workers is a barrier to growth
 Dec. 8, 2006

The biotech industry -- a sector that pays an average $68,000 wage and is a growing contributor to California's economy -- publicized a report this week stating that the lack of trained workers is one of the primary barriers to being able to ...
Two CMTA companies receive environmental awards
 Dec. 8, 2006

At the Industrial Environment Assn./CMTA 5th Annual Statewide Environmental and Regulatory Issues Conference & Exposition in November, two CMTA member companies were among those singled out for environmental excellence:  the Safety-Kleen ...
Prosperity Project Update: Prosperity Project shows huge success in General Election
 Dec. 1, 2006

The goal of the California Prosperity Project is to increase employee involvement in the political process. This includes outreach to increase voter registration for primary and general elections.  For the recent Nov. 7 election, the Prosperity ...
Companies weigh merits of joining Climate Action Registry before Dec. 31
 Nov. 16, 2006

AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles), signed into law two months ago, establishes a mandatory cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – to 1990 levels by 2020 – and requires annual mandatory reporting of GHG emissions for "significant ...
ARB to host conference on AB 32s economic impact
 Nov. 16, 2006

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will hold a conference on the economic impact modeling of greenhouse gas emission reduction market and non-market based strategies on November 29th in Sacramento. The conference will bring together modeling ...
Economic Strategies Panel issues new reports
 Nov. 16, 2006

On November 2, 2006, the Economic Strategies Panel met for the first time this year to review and adopt three new reports, including the "California Economic Base Report: A Statewide Overview and Regional Analyses." This report presents a ...
CHSWC to hold forum on 24-hour health care
 Nov. 10, 2006

The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) will hold a roundtable discussion on 24-hour health care on December 7, 2006 in Oakland.  CHSWC is a joint labor and management commission appointed by the ...
CMTA/IEA Environmental Conf. & Expo
 Nov. 10, 2006

The Greening of California, Nov. 14-15, 2006Sheraton San Diego Hotel & MarinaCMTA's Environmental Conference, "The Greening of California," will be held next  Tuesday and Wednesday, November 14 and 15, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & ...
For the Nov. 7 Election, show your employees how their State Legislators voted on key manufacturing issues
 Nov. 2, 2006

 CMTA's Manufacturing Vote Record (html | pdf) can be used as a guide for you and your employees when voting for Legislative candidates. (You can also see CMTA's positions on ballot measures by clicking here) Each bill chosen for the ...
Why the State Controllers office is important
 Oct. 26, 2006

The California State Controller is probably one of the most important government positions for taxpayers, with broader responsibilities and authority than the California State Treasurer. The current race for State Controller between former ...
Workshop on banned electronic devices
 Oct. 26, 2006

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will hold a workshop to solicit input and to update interested parties on the development of regulations prohibiting the sale of non-RoHS compliant electronic devices in California. The acronym, ...
Small manufacturers can get answers to their regulatory and compliance questions at new one-stop website
 Oct. 26, 2006

By going to Business.gov, small business owners can get answers totheir regulatory and compliance questions through the convenience of one website. By popular demand, the US Government re-launched the website to make it easy for business owners to ...
San Franciscos ban on bisphenol-A products
 Oct. 20, 2006

In June of 2006 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Mayor passed an ordinance that prohibits the manufacture, distribution in commerce and sale of toys and child care articles intended for use by a child under three years of age made with ...
Guidance for expiring zones
 Oct. 20, 2006

The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), within the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, has issued a memorandum with clear guidance for the 15 Enterprise Zones that expired on October 14, 2006. Although many Enterprise ...
Upcoming General Election on November 7th
 Oct. 13, 2006

Below, you'll find summaries of the propositions on California's ballot with links to the pro and con campaigns, an article on the oil tax initiative, and last year's voting records for California's legislators on manufacturing and technology bills. ...
CMTAs positions on ballot initiatives
 Oct. 13, 2006

Proposition 1A - Transportation Investment Fund Description:  Protects transportation funding for traffic congestion relief projects, safety improvements, and local streets and roads. Prohibits the state sales tax on motor vehicle fuels from ...
CMTA publishes its 3rd annual Manufacturing Vote Record
 Oct. 13, 2006

CMTA published its 3rd annual manufacturing vote record this week, designed to reveal which legislators voted in the best interests of the economy and the manufacturing sector that drives it – giving percentages to legislators for votes on 10 ...
Governor signs key enterprise zone bill
 Oct. 6, 2006

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 1550 (Juan Arambula, D-Fresno) which CMTA supported.  The bill provides continuity in the Enterprise Zone (EZ) program for those zones with an impending expiration. Some EZs are in the process of ...
Governor rejects rebate mandate bill
 Oct. 6, 2006

SB 1737 (Liz Figueroa, D-Sunol), which would have had the undesirable effect of reducing the number of rebates offered by California manufacturers, was vetoed by the Governor. The bill was based on the false notion that rebates are entitlements and ...
Harmful corporate counsel bills squashed
 Oct. 6, 2006

Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed SB 1489 (Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego) which could have unfairly forced companies that are sued by the Attorney General (AG) to pay all costs of investigations, expert witnesses and attorney's fees whenever the ...
CMTA needs your help on 30-second union survey
 Oct. 6, 2006

CMTA needs to know which member companies and other manufacturers are currently in collective bargaining agreements with unions, and with which unions.  This will help us greatly in our advocacy efforts on human resources, workers' compensation ...
Labor policy issue highlights importance of manufacturing in California
 Sept. 29, 2006

The most recent labor policy debate between Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California State Legislature hasn’t factored-in the most important ingredient for long term success – a robust manufacturing economy. While ...
Increase voter registration for state elections Nov. 7, 2006
 Sept. 22, 2006

In the coming weeks, your employees will be bombarded with media advertising on the various propositions, candidates and local measures on the November ballot.  They also will be hearing from their employee unions, their friends and neighbors, ...
Outcome on CMTA Key Bills
 Sept. 1, 2006

The following is the outcome of key bills that were active during the last weeks of the legislative session. CORPORATE COUNSEL AB 457 (Nunez) Price Caps, Abnormal Market Disruption – FAILED    Position: OpposeSB 832 (Perata) ...
California Prosperity Project builds momentum
 Aug. 18, 2006

The California Prosperity Project (P2) educates and informs employees on issues and candidates that have an effect on their jobs, their families and their futures.  It is a web-based tool that employers can offer employees.As part of its ...
California gains 1,000 manufacturing jobs in June
 Aug. 11, 2006

The Employment Development Department's July employment report indicates an increase of approximately 1,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector over the month of June. This brings the overall manufacturing loss in the State since January, 2001 to ...
CORRECTION on CMTA's ballot positions
 Aug. 11, 2006

It was noted accidentally in last week's write-up on CMTA's ballot positions that the association supports Proposition 84 -- Water Quality, Safety and Supply. Flood Control. Natural Resource Protection. Park Improvements.  This was wrong.  ...
CMTA takes positions on November ballot elections
 Aug. 3, 2006

CMTA's Board of Directors took positions on ten of the November ballot propositions:Infrastructure Bond initiativesProb 1B -- Support -- Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, Port Security Bond Act of 2006Authorizes $19.925 billion of ...
CMTA endorses Schwarzenegger for re-election
 July 21, 2006

This week, CMTA joined other business groups at a press conference in Sacramento to endorse Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for re-election.  CMTA president, Jack Stewart,  put out the following formal media statement following the press ...
CMTA launches California Prosperity Project
 July 21, 2006

CMTA, in partnership with the Business and Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), announces the California Prosperity Project (P2).The goal of P2 is to help employees understand how public policy decisions affect their jobs, their families and ...
PPIC reports on job migration
 June 21, 2006

The Public Policy Institute of California recently issued another installment in an ongoing study on the dynamics of the California economy.  This study was made possible through the National Establishment Time-Series (NETS) database, a record ...
Outcome of contested statewide California Races
 June 9, 2006

GOVERNOR After months of contentious campaigning, State Treasurer Phil Angelides took the coveted Democratic gubernatorial nomination by a mere 90,000 votes on Tuesday, June 6. While the Democratic primary may have illuminated his strengths ...
Business defendants to fund Attorney General?
 June 9, 2006

A bill by Denise Moreno Ducheny (D-San Diego), SB 1489, would force companies that are sued by the Attorney General to pay all costs of investigations, expert witnesses and attorney's fees whenever the AG "prevails". It would apply retroactively to ...
CMTA industrial relations lobby day to be held June 13th
 June 9, 2006

CMTA is holding an Industrial Relations Lobby Day on June 13, 2006. Members will travel to Sacramento from across the state to meet with the Governors office, legislators and regulatory officials. The meetings will focus on the areas of human ...
$32 million goes back to employment training programs
 June 2, 2006

Earlier this week, CMTA joined the California Labor Federation AFL-CIO, the California Chamber of Commerce, and the Employment Training Panel and distributed a joint press release commending the Legislature for restoring $32 million back to training ...
ETP budget again sees illegal diversions
 April 28, 2006

Each budget year for almost a decade, California has transferred funds from the Employment Training Fund (ETF) to the Department of Social Services CalWORKS program.  The ETF is a tax on employers intended to fund the Employment Training Panel ...
CMTA members to converge at Capitol event
 April 21, 2006

This summer CMTA will hold its first annual "California Manufacturers Leading the Way" event to raise awareness among legislators, administration, officials and agency personnel about the nature of California manufacturing and its importance to the ...
CMTA president presents California problems and solutions to Contra Costa workforce development officials
 April 7, 2006

This week, CMTA president, Jack Stewart, spoke to 200 attendees at the Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board's annual conference regarding the manufacturing sector as a solution to California's problems. Stewart's "Empowering ...
CMTA sponsors bill to create strategy for manufacturing
 April 7, 2006

For decades, the driving engine of California’s economy has been manufacturing.  Fueled by the state’s research, technological and intellectual resources, California has grown to employ more workers in manufacturing than any other ...
CMTA board companies blanket annual Fortune 500 list
 April 7, 2006

This week, Fortune Magazine released their annual ranking of America’s largest corporations in what is commonly known as the "Fortune 500". Three CMTA board members made the top list again including ExxonMobil (1), General Motors ...
Workers' Comp. rate reductions continue
 March 31, 2006

The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) has recently recommended an additional 16.4 percent Advisory Pure Premium Rate reduction for policies starting or renewing as of July 1, 2006. If the Insurance Commissioner accepts the WCIRB ...
Mandatory paid jury days
 March 31, 2006

Legislation introduced by Gloria Romero (D-Los Angles), SB 1281, would prohibit a company with more than 100 employees from contracting with the state unless that company provides a yet to be determined number of days of regular pay for jury ...
BusinessWeek announces its 2006 Top 50 Performing Companies
 March 31, 2006

In their upcoming April 3rd issue, BusinessWeek will announce its top 50 performing companies for 2006. This year, six CMTA member companies made the list including, Occidental Petroleum, Amgen, Intel, Valero Energy, ConocoPhillips and ...
CMTA needs your response to workers' compensation and workforce surveys
 March 17, 2006

If you haven't already, and we appreciate everyone that already has, you can really help CMTA's advocacy and pr efforts by taking two minutes to answer the quick workforce and workers' compensation surveys. Workers' compensation survey | ...
Media Inquiry -- Industry Week magazine story on manufacturing employees
 Feb. 23, 2006

Media outlets often ask CMTA for help in getting information for manufacturing-related stories. These could be good opportunities for positive press for your companies. We will share these requests, with contact information, in future Legislative ...
CMTA workforce survey results -- 63% said trained workforce is one of top three challenges
 Feb. 16, 2006

CMTA's ongoing workforce survey finds that the lack of skilled workers is one of the largest problems facing manufacturers in California. Survey   |    Download pdf of results  |   Access State training ...
Infrastructure bonds for transportation, goods movement and air quality
 Feb. 10, 2006

This week the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing held an informational hearing to discuss transportation aspects of the "Governor’s Strategic Growth Plan". The hearing covered the transportation project selection process, including ...
Strong support for K-12 Career Technical Education
 Feb. 3, 2006

This week the Senate and Assembly Education Committees held information hearings on the Governor’s proposed $2.4 billion investment for K-12 career tech education (CTE) infrastructure.  A long line of witnesses appeared and testified in ...
Propositions on the June 6, 2006 ballot
 Feb. 3, 2006

In a welcome reprieve from the last few years, only one publicly circulated initiative has qualified to be on the June 6 primary election ballot.  Promoted by actor and director Rob Reiner, the measure would increase taxes on individual incomes ...
CMTA associate member CH2M Hill one of the "100 Best Companies to work for"
 Jan. 20, 2006

CMTA congratulates CH2M Hill for ranking 80th in Fortune Magazine's 2006 "100 Best Companies to work for."  Founded in 1946 in Corvallis, Oregon, CH2M Hill continues to be a global leader in full-service engineering, consulting, construction ...
Six CMTA members make Fortune Magazines 2006 100 Best Companies to Work For
 Jan. 13, 2006

Annual ranking of companies that rate high with employees Six CMTA members made Fortune Magazine’s 2006 "100 Best Companies to Work For" that was announced this week. Each year, Fortune Magazine teams up with the Great Place to ...
CMTA comments on Governors State of the State address
 Jan. 5, 2006

CMTA President Jack Stewart issued the following statement to the press on Gov. Schwarzenegger's State of the State Address: "We commend the Governor for providing a roadmap for rebuilding California's public infrastructure. Over the next 20 ...
Message from the President, Jack Stewart
 Dec. 16, 2005

It would be an understatement to call the year 2005 "challenging." The threat and then reality of a special election diverted the attention of lawmakers from the pressing problems of manufacturers and other members of the business community. In this ...
Unskilled workforce threatens future prosperity of L.A. economy report says
 Dec. 16, 2005

According to a study released this week by the Milken Institute, Los Angeles, battered by the departure of high-end aerospace and manufacturing firms, the consolidation of the local banking industry and a recession, has been kept afloat and is ...
Governor names Susan Kennedy chief of staff
 Dec. 2, 2005

Susan Kennedy, a current member of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and former top aide to recalled Governor Gray Davis was selected by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to become his new chief of staff.  Kennedy, a Democrat, ...
NUMMI recognized as CMTA's first "Manufacturer Leading the Way"
 Dec. 2, 2005

Series intends to redefine perception of California manufacturers In 2005, CMTA created the California Manufacturers Leading the Way (CMLW) series to explain in an easy-to-understand manner how manufacturers improve the quality of life for all ...
Will Governor propose $50 billion infrastructure bond?
 Nov. 18, 2005

It appears to have not taken Governor Schwarzenegger long to bounce back from last week’s special election losses. He reportedly is in discussions to propose a $50 billion public works bond to help rebuild the state’s aging and outdated ...
Special election outcome
 Nov. 10, 2005

In bypassing the Legislature and taking key portions of his agenda straight to voters, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Tuesday night realized the riskiest strategy yet of his unorthodox 24-month tenure. As expected, campaigning that led up to the ...
Update on CMTA priority bills sent to the Gov
 Oct. 14, 2005

This past week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger finished taking action on the 961 bills that made it to his desk this year.  He signed 729 and rejected 232.  Non-urgency statutes will take effect January 1, 2006.  The results for ...
States economy grows while manufacturing job losses continue
 Oct. 14, 2005

According to just-released data from the California Department of Finance, California's economic expansion and service sector job growth continued in August while 1,500 manufacturing jobs were lost during the month. The Department of Finance ...
State revenues improving
 Oct. 14, 2005

Preliminary General Fund agency cash for September was $897 million above the 2005-06 Budget Act forecast of $8.899 billion.  Year-to-date revenues are $1.222 billion above the $19.472 billion that was expected.
Update on CMTA priority bills sent to the Gov
 Oct. 7, 2005

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken some action on manufacturing related bills sent to him by the State Legislature prior to adjourning for the year.  An update follows.  He has until October 9 to sign or veto bills which are still on ...
Calif. Power Market Forum to focus on resource adequacy
 Oct. 7, 2005

October 27-28, 2005 Hilton San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf California's rebounding economy is increasing demand for both electricity and natural gas, but infrastructure investment is lagging.   The state's electricity demand grew four ...
Manufacturers release 2005 Manufacturing Vote Record
 Sept. 30, 2005

CMTA has finalized its 2005 Manufacturing Vote Record for the recently concluded Legislative session, giving percentages to legislators for their votes on 13 manufacturing specific issues. Legislators who went against their party to vote (or ...
Update on CMTA priority bills sent to the Gov
 Sept. 30, 2005

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken some action on manufacturing related bills sent to him by the State Legislature prior to adjourning for the year.  An update follows.  He has until October 9 to sign or veto bills which are still on ...
More CMTA members aid Katrina victims
 Sept. 23, 2005

In last week's CMTA Legislative Weekly, we ran an article titled "CMTA and its member companies provide aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina."  While we made every effort to include every member company contributing to the relief efforts, we ...
CMTA priority bills sent to the Governor
 Sept. 16, 2005

The California State Legislature has recessed for the year. They will return January 4, 2006 to resume the two-year session. The following bills were approved by both state houses and sent to the governor for a signature. He has until October 9 to ...
CMTA & its member companies provide aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina
 Sept. 16, 2005

In response to the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a number of CMTA members have taken steps to provide aid to those in need of funds, food and medicine.  CMTA itself is joining other California business trade associations ...
Business-to-business fax restriction bill sent to Governor
 Sept. 9, 2005

SB 833 (Debra Bowen, D-Marina del Rey) intends to halt "junk faxes" by banning unsolicited advertisements via fax machines, unless prior permission is granted by the receiver.  "Unsolicited advertisement" means any material advertising the ...
Rocky Announces Plan to Run for AG
 Sept. 1, 2005

Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo kicked off his campaign for California Attorney General this week in Sacramento. Running as a Democrat, he will face former Governor and Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown in the June Primary. The winner of the primary ...
Voter Opposition to Special Election Growing
 Sept. 1, 2005

According to a just released field poll, opposition to a special election is growing. Presently, 57% oppose and 30% support the idea of holding a special election in November. This is up from 52% in June and 45% in February opposing. When the costs ...
Fed Update: National grassroots push to pass and extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002
 Aug. 26, 2005

We all remember the horrific devastation caused by terrorists on September 11, 2001: the tragic loss of life, staggering destruction of property, and poignant loss of America's sense of invincibility and safety as we go about our lives at home and ...
Compared to western states, California still 80 percent more in electricity costs and 30 percent more in overall business costs, index shows
 Aug. 12, 2005

According to The Milken Institute’s annual "Cost-of-Doing-Business Index" released this week, California, compared to all western states (including Texas), costs 80 percent more in electricity and 30 percent more in overall business ...
Emergency Regulations Likely on Heat Illness
 July 29, 2005

The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency is planning on submitting a proposal for Emergency Regulations on heat illness to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board by the end of this week.  If adopted by the Standards Board, the regulations ...
CMTA Joins California Healthy Foods Coalition
 July 15, 2005

On July 12, CMTA officially joined the California Healthy Foods Coalition (CHFC) – an alliance of California organizations and community leaders committed to protecting agriculture’s access to science and farming practices that ensure a ...
Nov. 8 Special Election Initiatives Get Proposition Numbers
 July 7, 2005

Proposition 73: Parental notification for abortion Official Title: Termination of Minor's Pregnancy. Waiting Period and Parental Notification. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Proposition 74: Teacher tenureOfficial Title: Public School ...
CMTA Takes Positions on Ballot Measures
 July 1, 2005

On June 23, 2005, the CMTA Board reviewed the impact of measures destined to be on the November 8th ballot and took positions on many of them. Governor Schwarzenegger, through the "California Recovery Team" is the proponent of the following three ...
Proposal to ban type of technology within government
 June 17, 2005

SB 682 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) bans state government from using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).  Technologies such as RFID are being implemented world-wide because of their ability to drastically reduce costs, increase efficiency and ...
Revenge of the outsourcing bills
 May 20, 2005

The issue of "outsourcing" played a prominent role in last year's legislative and political climate both at the federal and state level. This year, the focus and volume of bills has diminished but still exist: AB 524 (Wilma Chan, D-Oakland) ...
CMTA participates in business success forum
 May 13, 2005

On May 11th, Dorothy Rothrock, CMTA Vice President of Government Affairs, was one of four speakers invited to participate in a forum designed to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing small businesses and manufacturers in the greater ...
CMTA adds new lobbyist to team with Willie Washington
 May 6, 2005

Beginning on May 9th, Jason Schmelzer will join CMTA's Government Relations team to lobby workers' compensation, human resources and safety and health issues.  He will be taking the role formerly held by Willie Washington, who will remain ...
New Study Examines Negative Impact of Litigation on Calif.
 April 8, 2005

On April 14th, the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy, in association with the Pacific Research Institute, is hosting a panel discussion and releasing a new study titled "Trial Lawyers, Inc.:  California – A new ...
Tighter Ozone Standards Close to Adoption
 April 8, 2005

On March 11th the Air Resources Board (ARB) proposed a new 8-hour Ozone Standard. This new standard is so restrictive that none of the state's regional air pollution control districts would be in compliance.  Regional air pollution control ...
Fortune Magazine Announces Annual Fortune 500 Companies
 April 8, 2005

In the April edition of Fortune Magazine, the publication released their Fortune 500 – an annual ranking of the nation’s largest corporations based on 2004 revenue. In a repeat from 2004, CMTA board member company Valero Energy ...
CMTA participates in Life Sciences Day at State Capitol
 March 16, 2005

On March 16, 2005, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) joined with industry leaders in biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biomedical research for the California Life Sciences Day at the State Capitol. Led ...
Fortune's 2005 100 Best Companies to Work For: 10 CMTA members make list S.C. Johnson & Son and Valero Energy rank in top 25
 Feb. 4, 2005

Fortune Magazine recently announced their "100 Best Companies to Work For" and CMTA is proud to report that 10 member companies made this year's list. With over 1,000 companies eligible, Fortune Magazine evaluated 356 companies based on ...
CMTA to Participate in Legislative Hearing on Business Climate
 Jan. 28, 2005

In conjunction with the California Business Network (CalBizNet) and the office of Assemblymember Juan Arambula (D-Fresno), CMTA will be participating in an informational hearing in front of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and ...
The State of California Manufacturing
 Jan. 9, 2005

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered a rousing State of the State speech this week, challenging lawmakers to help him solve the root causes of the state’s governance and fiscal problems. He wants to fix expensive public employee pensions, ...
Gov. Proposes Reforms of States Boards & Commissions
 Jan. 9, 2005

In his State of the State speech, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his list of proposed reforms of California Boards and Commissions that include changes impacting the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA). The changes were ...
CMTA President comments on Gov. Schwarzenegger's State of the State address
 Jan. 6, 2005

California Manufacturers & Technology Association President, Jack Stewart, made the following statement regarding Gov. Schwarzenegger's State of the State address on Wednesday, January 5: "We applaud Governor Schwarzenegger for his commitment to ...
CMTA Solar Principles
 Oct. 1, 2004

During the last weeks of the 2003-2004 legislative session, the Legislature considered a number of bills relating to solar energy. SB 199 (Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles), sponsored by the Schwarzenegger administration, would have established a solar ...
Pharmaceutical Bills Vetoed
 Sept. 30, 2004

Illegal Importation of Prescription Drugs SB 1144 (John Burton, D-San Francisco), SB 1149 (Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento), SB 1333 (Don Perata, D-Oakland), and AB 1957 (Dario Frommer, D-Los Angeles) While providing access to affordable prescription ...
Governor Vetoes Filing Bill Related to Corporate Election Procedures
 Sept. 24, 2004

AB 2752 (Judy Chu D-Monterey Park) would have required domestic and foreign corporations to file a copy of their corporate election procedures with the California Secretary of State. In his veto message, the Governor appropriately pointed out that ...
It's a Wrap!
 Sept. 3, 2004

The 2003-04 legislative session was both the launch of Arnold Schwarzenegger's new career as Governor and the final year for several veteran lawmakers forced out by term limits. Senators John Burton (D-San Francisco), John Vasconcellos (D-Santa ...
A Manufacturing Survey for CMTA's Valley Members
 Sept. 3, 2004

The Regional Manufacturing Partnership (RMP) was established in December 2003 as a result of the Regional Jobs Initiative Implementation Plan. The Fresno Area Regional Jobs Initiative is an industry-driven collaboration that has developed specific ...
CPR to Hear Testimony on Management of Government Functions
 Aug. 30, 2004

The California Performance Review (CPR) task force was assembled five months ago by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who promised to "blow up the boxes" in an effort to generate savings, eliminate waste and "clean house" in Sacramento. The ...
CMTA joins businesses and patient groups in opposing drug importation bills
 Aug. 19, 2004

On August 18, 2004, CMTA President Jack Stewart joined with Assemblywoman Sharon Runner (R – Lancaster), businesses and patient groups in urging the Legislature to reconsider a series of policy proposals that would allow the illegal ...
A Manufacturing Survey for Our San Diego Members
 Aug. 6, 2004

Timely, accurate information is a vital resource for today's Manufacturer. The Annual Manufacturing Survey of the San Diego Chamber's Economic Research Bureau produces valuable insight into the county's largest industry. With your help, the 2004 ...
Study Points to Job Growth in the Southland: Manufacturing Sector Still Lagging
 May 28, 2004

A just-released forecast by the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, projects robust job growth in the San Fernando Valley over the next three years, while projecting continued job loses in the ...
From NAM - U.S. House-Passed OSHA Bills Represent Progress on Pro-Growth Agenda
 May 21, 2004

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives continues its two-month focus on eight priorities of manufacturers, the second of which is bureaucratic red tape elimination. Reform of OSHA laws is one way that can help retain manufacturing jobs in ...
National Association of Manufacturers' Trade Fact
 May 14, 2004

Over the past three years, when manufacturing lost 2.9 million jobs, the U.S. manufactured goods trade deficit worsened by $90 billion. Most people seem to assume that's principally due to soaring imports – but that wasn't the case. By far the ...
Economic Development Chief Appointed
 April 23, 2004

Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed Barry Sedlik, a long-time CMTA associate and friend, as Undersecretary and Senior Advisor for Economic Development. With the Legislature’s elimination of the Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency in last ...
Rebate Bill Problematic for Manufacturers
 April 9, 2004

SB 1154 by Senator Liz Figueroa (D-Freemont) seeks to impose a number of requirements on companies and retailers that offer consumer rebates. Among the most problematic aspects of the proposal are the following mandates: * The company must mail ...
Conference Highlights Workforce Development and the California Ecomomy
 April 9, 2004

The California Workforce Association and California Association for Local Economic Development jointly hosted a conference this week to discuss policies that should be embraced to grow the California economy, with an emphasis on the critical need ...
Zettel to Direct Consumer Affairs
 March 22, 2004

This week Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Charlene Zettel as Director of California's Department of Consumer Affairs. The Department is under the jurisdiction of the State and Consumer Services Agency. It's mission is to protect the consumer by ...
Drug Importation Bill Set for Hearing
 March 5, 2004

CMTA opposes SB 1144 (John Burton, D-San Francisco) to allow Department of General Services to purchase drugs from Canada where drug prices are controlled by the state-run health care system. Not only does this proposal violate federal law and pose ...
CMTA positions and vote tallies on Tuesday's ballot measures
 March 5, 2004

CMTA positions and vote tallies on Tuesday's ballot measures Yes on 55Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond ActVOTE:50.6% Yes - 49.4.9% No No on 56State Budget, Related Taxes, Reserve and voting requirementsVOTE:34.1% Yes - ...
Assembly Leadership Changes
 Feb. 13, 2004

Assemblyman Fabian Nez (D-Los Angeles) was sworn in, Monday, February 9th as the state Assembly's 66th speaker. While Nez, 37, the son of Mexican immigrants, pledged to build bipartisan cooperation, he said the Democratic-controlled Assembly ...
Chapman University Research Points to Job Growth in the State
 Feb. 13, 2004

California's Leading Economic Indicator Series increased to 1.97 in the first quarter of 2004, from a revised level 1.30 in the 4th quarter of 2003 according to the Chapman University's A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research. This marks the ...
California Life Sciences Advocacy Day
 Feb. 13, 2004

California Healthcare Institute is hosting California Life Sciences Day on March 3rd at the state Capitol. As a co-sponsor, CMTA encourages you to join with other leaders in biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biomedical research for ...
State of the State Overview
 Jan. 9, 2004

On January 6, 2004, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) delivered his first State of the State address. He began by discussing his accomplishments since he took office on November 17, 2003 including the repeal of the vehicle license fee and SB 60, ...
Sacramento in January
 Jan. 9, 2004

During the month of January in the second year of a two-year legislative session, the flurry of activity to move two-year bills becomes frantic. All bills that haven't moved out of their house of origin by the end of the month are dead. There are ...
Fresno Manufacturing Summit Testimony
"The state of California makes more money off my business than I do"

 Dec. 12, 2003

On Monday, December 8th, in the County Supervisors Chambers, the Fresno Manufacturing Summit produced some of the most revealing testimony yet in CMTAs push to educate regional officials on the costs associated with operating a business in ...
Dec 8 Fresno Manufacturing Summit: Biggest Yet in Series
 Dec. 8, 2003

Fresno County Supervisor Juan Arambula, the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce and CMTA will hold the largest Manufacturing Summit yet on Monday, December 8th at 1:30 pm in the Fresno County Supervisors' Chambers. A packed house of local ...
Nunez Likely to Succeed Wesson as Speaker
 Dec. 1, 2003

Assemblyman Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) appears to have the votes needed to succeed Herb J. Wesson Jr. (D-Los Angeles) as Speaker of the California Assembly next year. On Nov. 20, Nunezs top two rivals for the post, Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza ...
Chrisman will Direct Resources Agency
 Dec. 1, 2003

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Michael Chrisman as the new Secretary of Resources. Senate confirmation is required. The Resources Agency is the steward of the state's diverse resources. It oversees 15,000 employees and administers a ...
Schwarzenegger Orders Regulatory Reform
 Nov. 21, 2003

Moments after being sworn in as California's 38th Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order to reform the last 5 years of regulatory burden on California businesses. Specifically, the executive order does the following: * ...
McPeak to Lead Business, Transportation & Housing Agency
 Nov. 21, 2003

Sunne Wright McPeak was appointed to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's cabinet as Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BTH). She will oversee programs that plan, build and maintain California's transportation systems, that ...
Fresno Manufacturing Summit
 Nov. 21, 2003

Fresno County Supervisor Juan Arambula and the Board of Supervisors, in cooperation with the Greater Area Fresno Chamber of Commerce and CMTA, have convened a Manufacturers Summit to be held Monday, December 8 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm in the Fresno ...
Governor Schwarzenegger gives first press conference
 Nov. 18, 2003

On November 18, 2003 at the historical Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gave his first official press conference one day after being sworn in as Californias 38th Governor. Just like his first day in office, in which ...
Regulatory Reform Project Underway
 Nov. 14, 2003

The biggest problems facing the state, such as workers' compensation or the energy crisis, receive plenty of attention. The press does front page stories, we call special legislative sessions, and legislators fall over themselves to author bills to ...
Horseshoe Appointments Bring Good Luck
 Nov. 14, 2003

With his swearing-in just around the corner on the 17th, Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger is making key appointments to his staff. Of priority are announcements to fill positions in the "Horseshoe" (named for the diagram of the Governor's Office ...
Other Agency Appointments
 Nov. 14, 2003

Appointments to executive positions within agencies and departments by Governor-elect Schwarzenegger are quickening as his oath of office draws near. Those that have been officially named are: Department of Education Secretary Richard ...
Orange County Hosts Fifth Regional Manufacturing Summit
 Nov. 14, 2003

More than one hundred business, industry and local government representatives turned-out on Thursday Nov. 13th in Irvine for the Orange County Manufacturing Summit. Partnering with the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) and Southern California ...
Economy of California Half Empty or Half Full?
 Nov. 7, 2003

The Milken Institute held its annual State of the State conference in Los Angeles last week. In panels on California's business climate, the crisis in healthcare, Asian trade and electricity policies, noted economists, state officials and business ...
No Rest for Lobbyists in 2003
 Oct. 24, 2003

Lobbyists usually get a break in the fall when bills arent moving and legislators are at home in their districts. Its a time to pick up the pieces and reflect on what happened in the last days of session. Its time to tell clients how hard they ...
Priority Bills
 Oct. 17, 2003

Signed by Governor Davis Corporate Counsel SB 515 (Kuehl) Anti-SLAPP, Oppose Energy SB 521 (Bowen) Intervenor Compensation, Oppose Environmental Quality AB 16 (Jackson) Oil Transportation, Oppose SB 20 (Sher) E-Waste, Oppose SB 288 (Sher) New Source ...
Changing the Face of California Bureaucracy
 Oct. 17, 2003

In the days, months and years ahead the new Schwarzenegger administration will have the opportunity to make many appointments to key agency posts. The following executive agencies and departments could be filled soon by the incoming Governor, ...
CMTA on the Campaign Trail
 Oct. 10, 2003

CMTA endorsed Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) for Governor on September 30th and CMTA President Jack Stewart spent the following week working with the Schwarzenegger campaign and getting to know the candidate. Schwarzenegger was delighted with the CMTA ...
The Transition: The Governor is still the Governor until Inauguration
 Oct. 9, 2003

Although California voted last Tuesday to recall Governor Gray Davis (D) and replace him with Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), the results are not official until they are certified by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley (D). Each of California's 58 ...
Get Out the Vote on October 7
 Oct. 2, 2003

An historic election to decide who will be governor of California for the next three years is on schedule for October 7. The huge fiscal challenges facing California will require a Governor with a mandate to make difficult and important decisions. ...
Priority Bills Sent to the Governor
 Oct. 2, 2003

Corporate Counsel AB 1715 (Assembly Judiciary Committee) Arbitration Ban: Employment, Oppose Labor and Employment AB 76 (Corbett) Employment Discrimination, Oppose AB 274 (Koretz) Employment Retaliation, Oppose AB 1133 (Koretz) Employment: Judgment ...
Priority Bills Signed by the Governor
 Oct. 2, 2003

Corporate Counsel SB 515 (Kuehl) Anti-SLAPP, Oppose Energy SB 521 (Bowen) Intervenor Compensation, Oppose Environmental Quality AB 16 (Jackson) Oil Transportation, Oppose SB 20 (Sher) E-Waste, Oppose SB 288 (Sher) New Source Review Restoration ...
Manufacturing Summits Update
 Sept. 26, 2003

Approximately 120 people were on hand in Union City on September 19th for a meeting cosponsored by CMTA and the Economic Development Alliance for Business (EDAB). Alameda County Supervisor and EDAB Chairman, Keith Carson convened the meeting on ...
Priority Bills Sent to the Governor
 Sept. 26, 2003

CORPORATE COUNSEL AB 1715 (Assembly Judiciary Committee) Arbitration Ban: Employment, Oppose LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT AB 76 (Corbett) Employment Discrimination, Oppose AB 274 (Koretz) Employment Retaliation, Oppose AB 1133 (Koretz) Employment: ...
Priority Bills Signed by the Governor
 Sept. 26, 2003

CORPORATE COUNSEL SB 515 (Kuehl) Anti-SLAPP, Oppose ENERGY SB 521 (Bowen) Intervenor Compensation, Oppose ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AB 16 (Jackson) Oil Transportation, Oppose SB 20 (Sher) E-Waste, Oppose SB 288 (Sher) New Source Review Restoration ...
Toughest Business Year on Record
 Sept. 18, 2003

Most observers agree that this legislative year was the most threatening for business and the economy since statehood. In California, where business has been getting the short end of the stick for years, that is really saying something. * More ...
California's Business Climate Suffers Another Scathing Report
 Sept. 18, 2003

The California Coalition for Jobs released an economic study today comparing California's business climate with 15 other states with which we compete. The study gave California a failing grade and ranked the state as the 15th worst. The study ...
California continues to export less
 Sept. 4, 2003

Over the last two years, California has seen its total yearly exports drop by $ 27 billion, according to a recent University of Massachusetts report. More importantly, for the first time, Texas surpassed California in total exports in 2002 and ...
Fight the Bad Bills Speeding to the Governor
 Aug. 28, 2003

Trial lawyers, environmentalists and other special interests are putting extraordinary pressure on legislators and the Governor to pass their expensive, ill-conceived and damaging bills. The possible election of a Republican governor means this ...
Manufacturing Summits
 Aug. 28, 2003

CMTA is planning eight to ten Manufacturering Summits for this coming fall and winter to highlight the value of manufacturing to local opinion leaders and local media. We are working with local industrial and business associations to convene the ...
Keeping Track of Fast-Moving Legislation
 Aug. 15, 2003

The legislature will return from summer recess on Monday, August 18, and resume the task of hearing and passing bills. CMTA anticipates that special interest groups will working hard to pass bills and encouraging the Governor to sign them prior to ...
Health Insurance Conference Committee Members Appointed
 Aug. 11, 2003

Health insurance, another important issue to employers that may be detrimental to the survival of many businesses, will be taken up by the Legislature when they return from summer recess on August 18. Three major health insurance mandate bills ...
Senate Likely to Pass Budget Sunday
 July 25, 2003

Senate leaders from both sides of the aisle have announced their agreement on a state budget plan. The Senate is scheduled to meet Sunday at 6:00 pm to put their plan up for a vote and it is expected that there are a sufficient number of votes for ...
Tribal Sites Protection Bill to be Heard July 28
 July 25, 2003

Senate Bill 18 (Burton D, San Francisco), a measure to protect Native American sites, would grant the tribe-dominated Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) far-reaching power to stall or halt development projects in the state to. A hearing in ...
Californias Credit Standing Lowered Again
 July 25, 2003

Late this week, Californias credit rating (already the lowest of any state in the nation) suffered another blow as the states credit standing was lowered three grades. According to State Controller Steve Westley, the recent hit to the states ...
Enterprise Zones Proven to Generate Positive Return On Investment for California! (From the California Association of Enterprises Zones)
 July 1, 2003

A recently released "Cost-Benefit Analysis of Californias Enterprise Zone Program" conducted by Applied Development Economics (ADE), an independent economic research firm, has proven that the States Enterprise Zones are achieving their intended ...
Strong Case Made for MIC in Senate Committee Hearing
 May 2, 2003

On Wednesday, April 30th, the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee met to discuss four Senate proposals to extend the MIC. SB 454 (John Vasconcellos D-Santa Clara) extends the MIC for 5 years and would impose varying reporting requirements on ...
Trade Action Alert: Provide Your FTAA Tariff Priorities to the U.S. Government by May 7
 April 29, 2003

As part of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) market access negotiations, U.S. trade negotiators are currently putting together the U.S. requests for improved tariff-elimination offers from the other 33 countries that will make up the FTAA. ...
Momentum Builds for Coalition for California Jobs Campaign
 April 9, 2003

Since the legislature reconvened in January, the state budget problem has become a crisis and threatens to upgrade into a catastrophe in the coming months. The backdrop to the worsening budget crisis is the unhealthy California economy, where high ...
2003 Manufacturer of the Year Gala
 April 3, 2003

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association celebrated their annual Manufacturer of the Year Gala at the historical Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on Monday, March 24, 2003. Governor Gray Davis along with Californias constitutional ...
Join the Coalition to Fight New Taxes and Fees on Business
 March 21, 2003

CMTA, Cal-Tax and the Chamber are leading a broad coalition to fight the imposition of taxes and fees on business to solvethe state budget crisis. The coalition believes new business taxes and fees would further weaken an already fragile economy, ...
Statement by Jack M. Stewart on Senate Republican Legislation to Repeal Job Killer Legislation
 March 3, 2003

California's manufacturing community clearly is struggling with increased regulations, fees, taxes and business cost mandates that are 32 percent higher than the national average. After 25 straight months of manufacturing job losses, it's apparent ...
Davis issues statement on action by legislative budget committees
 Jan. 23, 2003

Governor's Statement: Today, the Legislature took action on some of my mid-year budget cuts. Unfortunately, they didn't go nearly far enough. We are facing an unprecedented problem, and we won't solve it by nibbling around the edges. We need to ...
CMTA President issues statement on State of the State address
 Jan. 8, 2003

Suspending the Manufacturers Investment Credit (MIC) now would be the wrong thing to do at the wrong time. We appreciate that the governor recognizes the importance of manufacturing jobs and how this sector has suffered in the last two years. ...
Davis Announces Plan to "Build California"
 Jan. 7, 2003

(Governor's Press Release) SACRAMENTO - As part of his plan to generate jobs and stimulate California's economy, Governor Gray Davis today announced a new initiative called "Build California." "The best medicine for national economic recession is ...
Lockyer seeks scrutiny of extortionist legal schemes
 Dec. 20, 2002

At the center of this storm is a section of the California Business and Professions code once considered a cornerstone to the state's consumer protection laws. Section 17200 permits prosecutors and private attorneys to claim that a business is ...
Proposed cuts draw fire
 Dec. 20, 2002

On Monday, December 16, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources (#3) met at the Capitol to discuss reactions to the Governor's proposed $10.2 billion package of program cuts and fund shifts. Representatives from the Legislative Analyst's ...
2002: It's a Wrap!
 Dec. 20, 2002

Not many manufacturers or their employees would want to relive the year just past. A parade of horrible bills marched through the legislature, despite vigorous opposition, kept us all on edge and worried about manufacturing's already weak condition. ...
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