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What Matters: Time to talk to your legislator!Posted by Ashley Hong, Policy Intern on March 23, 2018
The legislature has introduced thousands of new bills to vote on in the months ahead. We look for impacts on manufacturers and either support or oppose the bills. While lobbying legislators on those bills, we talk about the existing rules, regulations and taxes already impacting California manufacturers. The costs of doing business are already too high and the burdens grow every year.
A new regulation might be well-intended to solve a real problem, but the cumulative costs of all California regulations are overwhelming for manufacturers. The high costs of doing business threaten to make many more California manufacturers uncompetitive in the marketplace. Manufacturers won’t be able to make investments and create jobs if their costs are too high.
State leaders like to tout the size of California’s economy and how many thousands of jobs we have created since the end of the recession - more than any other state! In fact just today the state reported that we added 14,000 jobs last month among all sectors. That’s good, but not good enough. What really matters is how we are doing compared to other states on an apples-to-apples basis. The sad truth is that we are only attracting half the number of new manufacturing jobs than we should on a population adjusted basis. And since the recession’s end we attracted barely two percent of the country’s manufacturing investments even though California has more than 10 percent of US manufacturing. We are losing manufacturing muscle because costs are too high. If investments don’t come here, jobs will be lost in the future.
So if a new bill increases the cost of doing business, even a little bit, we will do our best to tell legislators why that matters. If they are serious about protecting and promoting new middle-class manufacturing jobs, they will listen and modify their proposals.
State legislators are “home” in the district next week during the spring break. You can help us lobby on the bills by reminding your legislator about the taxes you pay and the regulations for which you struggle to comply. You can use this tool to find your legislator's phone number to call. You can also use the tool to send him or her a tweet.
Also sign up for our mobile text alerts and watch for our messages in April, May and June when votes and hearings go into full swing. You can do so by texting “mfgchamp” to 916-571-9360. Thanks for helping us keep manufacturing a growing part of the California economy.
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