Budget, Regulatory Reforms are Top Priorities for L.A. Area Chamber during Upcoming Trip to Sacramento


May 16, 2012 9:00 am

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce will lead a delegation of 100 business leaders to the state Capitol next week calling on state leaders to prioritize a pro-jobs agenda and budget and regulatory reforms in an effort to create long-term fiscal stability.

As part of its ACCESS Sacramento advocacy trip, the L.A. Area Chamber will meet with key leaders, including Gov. Jerry Brown, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Controller John Chiang, Chief Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, Senator Mark Leno and California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols.

The L.A. Area Chamber will ask state leaders to improve the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); enact meaningful pension reform by supporting Gov. Brown’s 12-point plan and the accompanying legislation to enact it; implement effective budget reforms outlined in the Government Performance & Accountability Act proposed for the November ballot; implement upcoming energy and environmental regulations responsibly; provide tools for local investment; and streamline and simplify bureaucracy to increase effectiveness.

“The course of California’s future is being determined right now in Sacramento and those actions will determine the rate of business growth, the number of new jobs created and the strength of our education system,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. “Every day, businesses are being stymied by anti-competitive business regulations, residents are losing faith in the State’s ability to deliver essential services and California remains in dire need of a long-term strategy for budget stability.”

“We’re taking this message to Sacramento, because these issues must be addressed to begin moving California forward again.”

The Chamber will also call on state leaders to focus on supporting a business-friendly health care system by prioritizing health care reductions; developing a workforce pipeline; and opposing transfer of the healthy families program to Medi-Cal.

Another top priority is strengthening schools by investing in early childhood education; protecting education during economic uncertainty; promoting Linked Learning secondary reform; and sustaining higher education and workforce development.

ACCESS Sacramento will take place on Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23. For more information about the trip, please contact Alejandro Guzmán at 818.523.9026 or e-mail aguzman@lachamber.com.

ACCESS Sacramento is sponsored by Southwest Airlines Co., Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., Pacific Federal Insurance Corporation, Southern California Gas Company, Time Warner Cable, Toyota, AT&T, Automobile Club of Southern California, BNSF Railway Company, Cedars-Sinai Health System, Chevron Corporation, Occidental Petroleum Corp., Port of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Mercury Air Group, Inc. and Verizon.

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.


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