"Thursday Group" Issues Brief to go to Governor

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Nov. 21, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The following letter to the Governor will accompany a 14-page document on key issues of concern to the business community with regard to environmental protection policies:

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:

For the past several years, the "Thursday Group" a broad-based coalition of business interests has worked to craft public policy at both the legislative and regulatory level that strikes a reasonable balance between economic growth and environmental protection. Our coalition reviews and takes positions on environmental legislation, regulations, and local government activities to educate policymakers on the impacts these government activities have on economic development and jobs.

Though we represent a variety of industries including manufacturing, retail, agriculture, building and construction, we share similar concerns about recent and pending burdens placed on the state's business community in the form of excessive fees and taxes, onerous environmental rules and regulations, and additional mandates that result in questionable environmental benefits.

As your administration begins to navigate the state's complex environmental policy arena, we have prepared the attached briefing paper to assist you and your staff in becoming familiar with our coalition and some of our priority issues. The attached document attempts to address both general policy issues, as well as specific issues important to our individual associations and companies, many of which are pending in the form of legislation and/or regulation.

We believe that environmental protection and economic growth are not mutually exclusive goals and we thank you in advance for considering our views. Should you or your staff have any questions, please feel free to contact Charles Bacchi of the California Chamber of Commerce at 916-930-1242 or Dorothy Rothrock of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association at 916-498-3319.

In the meantime, we look forward to working with you in developing policies that return a robust business climate to California, while ensuring that the state's precious natural resources are adequately protected.
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