Members power CMTA

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 29, 2015 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

I remember an incident at a hearing I attended where the head of a regulatory agency opened the meeting by stating that the folks in suits (aka "lobbyists") should limit their comments to make sure there is enough time for the real people to speak. While this by no means is the feeling of all the decision makers in Sacramento it does show us a way in which we can strengthen our voice to serve all CMTA members.

Get involved.

Those two simple words hold a wealth of meaning and potential. So, while your CMTA lobbyists are hammering away each and every day Sacramento let's talk about a few ways you can be involved:

Contacting your legislators– Context is critical for legislators and regulators so the real world stories of how laws and regulations impact your business bolster CMTA lobbyist policy arguments made in the Capitol. We will begin using CMTA's action alert system on a more regular basis to make sure that you have easy opportunities to send letters to your legislators on critical bills. However, nothing hits home more than a visit to your facilities, so CMTA will also work with members to host tours for legislators in their districts to get a better sense of what manufacturing means for them and their constituents. If you are interested in hosting a tour please contact me at mshaw@cmta.net. 

Supporting manufacturing allies– A former colleague of mine once said that if you are not at the table, you are on the menu. CMTA’s PAC is another great way you can strengthen the organization and make sure we are at the table. Every dollar that you contribute supports candidates who will be in a position to influence laws that impact manufacturing in California.

Make CMTA smarter– Your experience in the real world of manufacturing from tax and workers’ compensation to air quality to energy issues make you an expert in how the laws and regulations affect your business. One way that you can use that knowledge and experience is to join a CMTA policy committee where issues that impact your business are discussed and positions are taken. Please visit our website to learn more about the policy committees and how you can be involved.

Strengthening our numbers– They say many hands make light work. Many hands also make a powerful force. You can also support CMTA by strengthening the organization with new members. This will help grow our capacity and add to the voices calling for laws and regulations in California that support manufacturing growth and economic prosperity.

These are just a few ways members can power CMTA for the future. Please feel free to contact your CMTA staff with any questions or issues and we will be happy to help.

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