Momentum Builds for Coalition for California Jobs Campaign

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

Capitol Update, April 9, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Since the legislature reconvened in January, the state budget problem has become a crisis and threatens to upgrade into a catastrophe in the coming months. The backdrop to the worsening budget crisis is the unhealthy California economy, where high costs and onerous business regulations are driving away jobs. Despite this, the democrat-controlled legislature is pushing bills to increase fees on business activity to backfill general fund cuts or even fund new programs.

Legislators are missing or ignoring the link between a healthy business climate, jobs, and increasing state tax revenues. The tax and fee solution to the budget crisis is a dangerous sham, as it only adds to the burdens in the economy and exacerbates future budget deficits. The genuine solution that raises revenues for important government functions like education, public safety and healthcare is a growing tax base. To achieve that, California must have substantial business reforms to lower costs and improve the business climate.

Last week CMTA, the Chamber, and Cal-Tax, revived the "Coalition for California Jobs" (CCJ) to combat the flood of job-killer bills and business targeted tax and fee proposals being heard in Sacramento, and to urge critically needed reforms to rehabilitate the California economy. Look for updates on our website or contact Loretta Macktal at lmacktal@cmta.net to be put on our email distribution list.
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