Help us win more fights in 2015 and beyond

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 4, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The end of a 2 year session is a great time to take stock of our situation and look ahead to new opportunities and challenges in the future. The good news is that Legislators are beginning to listen to our messages about high-wage manufacturing jobs, the need to attract more manufacturing investments, and how poor public policy will hurt jobs and investments. In the last two years we’ve successfully pushed back on some very bad environmental, labor and litigation bills, and made significant progress with major tax incentives and reforms for manufacturing. CMTA can turn this into more success if we keep carrying the manufacturing message in Sacramento and – this is important – bring the vast influence of manufacturers themselves to the effort.

CMTA lobbyists work hard, but we need a little “assist” from you. We frequently tell legislators, regulators and staff “this bill increases costs or imposes a regulatory burden that is unjustified.” We need to hear them say: “Yes, companies in my district tell me they are hurt by high costs and onerous regulations. How can we fix this bill?”

Here is how that can happen: Get to know your local and state elected officials by inviting them to your facilities to meet employees and learn about your operations in California. Small firms in an industrial park or region could combine their efforts by picking a “manufacturing day” for an open house. No more than one day a year is all it takes to remind officials how important your plant is to the community and talk about the ways California policies help or hurt your ability to keep jobs in the state.

If you still aren’t convinced this will make a difference, consider where legislators get information if you don’t speak up. Unions, environmentalists, and plaintiff lawyers tell legislators that California has an excellent business climate and their bills are a sensible way to improve the quality of life in California – no harm will come to manufacturers! They won’t tell the truth about the challenges and risks you actually face. Your silence is golden to those groups.

Let us help you take the first steps. CMTA has launched a new “Champions of Manufacturing” program to raise awareness and provide opportunities for manufacturers to get more active in the districts. Go to the CMTA website for more information about the Champions program and have your friends and allies sign up for alerts. With manufacturers support and involvement there is nothing we can’t achieve in California!

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