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What matters: Making your voice heard
Posted by Ashley Hong
, Policy Intern on Feb. 9, 2018
Taxes, laws and regulations make a big difference to your business. At the start of each year state legislators introduce hundreds of bills that could impact every aspect of your operations. You don’t need to read them all…that’s what we do….but your job is to watch our capitol updates, tweets and emails and tell legislators when they are doing the right or wrong things for manufacturers. What matters is that they learn how bills will impact your business. When legislators see engaged manufacturers as part of the solution, we will increase our chances for sensible laws and regulations.
Here are some easy steps to take:
Contact your legislators – Tell them about your company - what makes you successful, what will help you create jobs and how government policies impact your business. If you can arrange it, invite them to visit your plant and meet your employees.
Support manufacturing allies – Join your local regional groups and host candidates and legislators to your meetings. Another way to make a difference is a donation to the CMTA Political Action Committee. Every dollar that you contribute supports candidates who will be in a position to influence laws that impact manufacturing in California.
Make us better lobbyists on your behalf - Your experience in the real world of manufacturing from tax and workers’ compensation to air quality to energy issues make you an expert in how the laws and regulations affect your business. Join a CMTA policy committee where we decide what bills to oppose or support. Visit our website to learn more about the policy committees and how you can be involved.
Build the army – Thousands of manufacturers don’t yet belong to CMTA. We can make a big difference if these companies join the fight. Tell other companies about CMTA and multiply our influence in Sacramento.
Use CMTA’s tools to engage when it’s most important – Sign up for mobile text alerts by texting “mfgchamp” to 916-571-9360. CMTA will only send a few key issue alerts by text per year. The links in the text will always be mobile-ready too … or sign up in the red Champions box at cmta.net to get alerts by email.
Follow CMTA’s twitter @cmta for important tweets to retweet.
Manufacturing matters to California. You and your employees can tell the stories and deliver the messages that will make a difference. Now is a great time to start!
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