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POLL ALERT: CA Central Valley MFG laws and regs

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Nov. 30, 2018

CMTA's regional manufacturing partner, Biz Fed Central Valley, is conducting an important poll on the impacts of laws and regulations on business in the region.

Policymakers can only understand the impacts of new and proposed policies if they hear it straight from the manufacturers themselves. California's newest legislators make their first official appearance in the Capitol today as they get sworn in. Let's make sure we're doing our part to help them make California a more attractive place to retain and attract new manufacturing growth.

YOU CAN ANSWER CENTRAL VALLEY BIZ FED'S QUICK POLL HERE.  Please pass this along to others in the industry too. 

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Poll: AB 32's glaring weakness -- CA-only costs

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 21, 2010

EMC Research released a follow-up poll today to the one they did a year ago on Californian's attitudes toward AB 32 and the state's desire to go it alone.

There were two major take-aways from the poll.   Overall, the public is more sensitive than ever to cost issues (with strong support for AB 32 dropping from 31% to 15% since EMC's 2008 poll), and a large majority (66%) of the public says California should not go it alone on greenhouse gas reductions regulations.   A month before a long awaited second economic analysis by the California Air Resources Board, it is clear that costs must drive AB 32 policies and regulations.

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The state's greenhouse reduction program is not a freebie.  Large costs foisted on an unemployment-riddled state economy and increased industry electricity rates already 95 percent higher than western competitor states are not affordable at this time, if ever.  The above poll numbers, 600,000 lost manufacturing jobs since 2001, 12.3% unemployment, and the electricity rates below provide some of the most rational context for the AB 32 policy debate.  In other words, how can we implement the program so it doesn't hurt the state's economy and jobs, and in a manner that gets the whole country to help reduce global warming emissions?

electric rates


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