CMTA to Participate in Legislative Hearing on Business Climate

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 28, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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 Economy on February 9th from 9:00 a.m. to noon in room 4202 in the Capitol building.

The hearing titled "The Business Climate for Growth and Development for the California Economy" will seek to inform the committee by examining: 1) the current state of the California business climate; 2) impediments to economic growth and job retention; and 3) proposals to eliminate obstacles and spur job creation.

Jack Stewart will be presenting testimony, laying out CMTA's legislative agenda: 1) a sales tax exemption on manufacturing and telecommunication equipment; 2) a reduction of energy rates; and 3) allowing flex time for workers to level the playing field with neighboring states.

This event will include elected officials, economic leaders and manufacturers from various counties of California including Fresno, Merced, Contra Costa, San Diego, Alameda, Santa Clara and Los Angeles.

A preliminary agenda is as follows:
Opening Remarks
Assemblymember Juan Arambula

Overview of California's Economy and Business Climate
Wayne Schell, President & CEO, CA Association for Local Economic Development

Panel Presentations by Business Leaders and Job Providers
Panel 1 – Business Climate
Kellie Johnson, Ace Clearwater
Alan Feld, Sports Mobile
Rick Stevens, The Boeing Company
Joe Krkoska, The Dow Chemical Company

Panel 2 – Regulatory Considerations
Craig Anderson, Solar Turbines
Larry Pitts, Unilever Best Foods
Vilmarie Rodriguez, Ligand Pharmaceuticals
Shaudi Falamaki, Schott & Lites Advocates
Ray Rossi, Intel Corporation

Panel 3 – Workforce Considerations
Paul Garza, Economic & Workforce Development
Kevin Kelly, Emerald Packaging
David Spaur, Economic Development Corporation

Conclusion and Outline of CMTA's Policy Recommendations
Jack Stewart, President, CMTA

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