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Are they job killers?

It’s an annual rite of the legislative session – the California Chamber of Commerce designates its job-killer bills. This year, five bills by three local legislators made the list. which has 32 altogether.  Here they are, along with the chamber’s descriptions:

AB 288 by Assemblyman Mar Levine, D-San Rafael: De Facto Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing — Imposes a de facto moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing in the state, driving up fuel and energy prices and harming the job market in these sectors, by basing approval of notices for well operations on a public health and safety standard that is impossible to meet.

SB 241 by state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa: Fuel Price Increase — Drives up fuel prices for businesses and consumers by imposing a severance tax at the 9.9 percent of the gross value of each barrel of oil severed, thereby discouraging production of such oil and gas in this state.

SB 365 by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis: Limitations on Tax Credits — Creates uncertainty for California employers making long-term investment decisions by requiring tax incentives end 10 years after its effective date.

SCA 7 by Wolk: Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners to finance library construction by giving local government new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes, by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to 55 percent.

SB 617 by Evans: Comprehensive CEQA Expansion — Inappropriately expands the California Environmental Quality Act, slowing development and growth in the state, by increasing CEQA notice filing and publication requirements, inviting more litigation over CEQA projects by overturning a recent court decision and allowing project opponents to challenge EIRs that don’t adequately evaluate and mitigate impacts related to conditions and physical features in the environment like sea-level rise and fault-lines, and eliminating several existing CEQA exemptions.

For the full list, click here.

In past years, the chamber has succeeded in defeating or securing vetoes for many of the bills given the “job killer” designation. With a new Democratic supermajority in place, will 2013 be different?

– Jim Sweeney


12 Responses to “Are they job killers?”

  1. michael koepf says:

    A fact for Mr.; Mrs.,or Ms. Facts.

    “In the month of January, California was tied with Rhode Island for having the highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of any state in the nation at 9.8 percent, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

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  2. Reality Check says:

    “Since February California has created almost 234,000 jobs, more than Texas, Oregon and West Virginia combined.”

    Since California’s population is considerably larger than all three states combined, could that comparison have been more irrelevant, as well as stupid?

    A worthwhile comparison is the current unemployment rate. California’s is higher than all three states; 50% more than Texas.

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  3. Facts says:


    “Since February California has created almost 234,000 jobs, more than Texas, Oregon and West Virginia combined.”

    Looks like the conservative rhetoric against regulation is decidedly wrong.

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  4. Reality Check says:

    “And the answer is no, because everyone wants to live in California.”

    Yep, great weather and a long coastline will offset a host of negatives. California is proof of that. But some kind of tipping point was likely reached in the last census. For the first time in the state’s history, California did not a gain a single seat in the House of Representatives, while Texas gained four.

    Worse, the population mix is headed in the wrong direction. We have no trouble keeping people who consume tax revenue, but are less successful at keeping people who (on net) pay taxes.

    Making it harder to do business here won’t help that ratio.

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  5. Pay attention enviros says:

    Notice Marc Levine’s plastic bag “ban” didn’t make this ridiculous list? That’s because it’s a Trojan horse for business under the auspices of environmental protectionism.

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  6. John Bly says:

    We would far better off if our electeds, once elected, did nothing. Just cash your checks. These bills being proposed are complicated, add uncertainty to business forecasting, and will not produce any benefit whatsoever.

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  7. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    And the answer is no, because everyone wants to live in California.

    To say that people would cease to come to California if they would have to pay more taxes is to underestimate the advantages of being in California – mightily. ~Warren Beatty

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  8. Steveguy says:

    Answer- Yes

    The rules, regs, delays, lawsuits and FEES are daunting obstacles to overcome to start a business or expand. Very daunting indeed.

    Many people are willing and able to start or expand and it seems as though the Government does not understand the concept of ‘time is money’ except to extract more of your time AND money to satisfy their whims. The concepts of Public Service and them working for us has been long forgotten. There are no real statistics for the number that shy away, but I have heard of many instances over the years. Usually their attitude is ” It’s not worth the hassle and years of the process.”

    I know of numerous examples of time and money wasting. It cost Hawley’s Paint tens of thousands if not more than needed due to delays and extra design work for them to move from downtown, The Chick-Fil-A was recently delayed due to inane politics. The Roblar quarry should have been open by now, and he still has to spend, spend, spend. By the way, Annadel was a rock quarry. really.

    The public needs jobs, we have already onerous conditions and approvals and permits that need to be streamlined and expedited.

    They want to force a builder to construct low income housing, yet it is hard to get a granny unit ‘permit’. Those granny units are normally quite affordable if that is the goal.

    The whole ‘permit’ thing stinks. Why do we need ‘permission’ and pay for that permission through the nose and every other orifice that they can grab money from.

    @ Mockingbird- Noreen’s extraction tax is nothing more than a money grab. Alaskans get an annual check for their tax, and Texas has no income tax due to the tax. The main result will be less oil produced in California, as the older fields have a higher cost to get the oil. ( For example, one field may cost $30 a barrel to extract, while another is $65 or more per barrel therefore the 10% tax will be a factor whether they shut a field down.

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  9. Brad says:

    The Demos just can’t do enough to mess up California’s economy. The only people worse are the donkeys that vote them into office.

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  10. michael koepf says:

    Duh…let me hazard a guess: how about worse.

    “The state of California is becoming legendary for creating the most anti-business climate in the country because of its high taxes, excessive regulations, forced unionism, and bloated public sector.” Mark J. Perry, American Enterprise Institute.

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  11. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    The California Chamber of Commerce is full of it. Their sole job is to protect big multinational corporations’ profits.

    As for Noreen’s extraction tax, every oil producing state charges one including Alaska and Texas. California is the only state that doesn’t and it’s high time it did. THIS WILL NOT RAISE PRICES as all oil goes out on the international market for bidding including California oil.

    It makes no sense to frack in an earthquake prone state like California. I’d hate to land in the Pacific ocean.

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  12. Kathy Robler says:

    The California State Legislature continues to drive a stake deeper into the heart of the economy. The left wingers want this state and country’s economy destroyed and a new socialist paradise established. They are doing a great job of both.

    Once a economy stops growing because of socialist/communist legislation, it falls into disintegration and that is exactly what is happening right now with this experiment in neo-socialism.

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