CMTA "Making California" Legislative Agenda comprises 16 Maker & Breaker Bills

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 8, 2019 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CMTA recently released its 2019 “Making CA” legislative agenda with its annual list of Manufacturing "Maker” and “Breaker” bills. The list of 16 bills provides a forward path for our California State legislators to champion a growing manufacturing economy.

“Manufacturing Maker" bills directly improve manufacturing competitiveness by removing barriers to operational compliance, long term investment, and/or talent acquisition. This legislation will help keep California's manufacturing industry at the forefront of global leadership and innovation.

“Workforce and economic development are the essential bedrocks of manufacturing growth,” said CMTA President Lance Hastings. “In today’s hyper-efficient and cutting edge global markets, regional manufacturing can’t grow without a skilled technical workforce and competitive operating environments. With this list, California legislators have a clearer view of how they can grow high wage manufacturing jobs and world class production facilities in their communities.”

This year’s “Maker” bills include proposals for new staff at the state’s economic development arm GO-Biz to coordinate workforce development and target economic development programs, new funding for career technical education, new worker training tax credits, the creation of a statewide economic development plan, and an extension and reform of a sales tax credit for next generation technologies.

The second half of CMTA’s “Making CA” legislative agenda comprises California’s “Manufacturing Breaker” bills. They significantly alter production and/or increase operational costs in a way that lead to lost revenue, job reduction and an inability to effectively compete. These bills often disregard scientific evidence, underestimate economic impacts, or interfere with markets by picking technology winners and losers.

“Manufacturing growth can only occur if our policymakers pave the way for a competitive environment for production investment,” said CMTA President Lance Hastings. “California's vast amount of R&D and innovation must translate to bolts in the ground for facilities that employ workers that actually make the products we design. California's entire economy wins when manufacturing facilities are sited and retained within our borders. These breaker bills have serious flaws and they send a strong signal that California is disinterested in the small and large scale manufacturing investments occurring across the country.”

The state's overall job growth is pacing the country but California manufacturing job growth lags behind the rest of the country's manufacturing resurgence. This year’s “Breaker” bills include new California-specific costs, employee leave regulations, product bans, labeling mandates, new litigation channels and more that, if passed, will make it more difficult to make long term manufacturing investments in the state and grow high wage jobs.

Legislators' votes on CMTA’s “Making CA” legislative agenda will be the foundation of CMTA's annual Champions Legislative Vote Record.

You can see the bills at this page and you can use the "TWEET THIS" links to tweet your support or opposition.

 

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