CalChamber Releases Annual List of ``Job Killer'' Legislation

25 Bills Would Hurt California's Competitiveness

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--()--The California Chamber of Commerce today released its annual list of job killer bills under consideration in the state legislature, highlighting the negative impact these bills would have on Californias global competitiveness.

These bills are the worst of the worst by singling California out and making the state a less desirable place to do business, said Allan Zaremberg, CalChamber President and Chief Executive Officer. Since Arnold Schwarzenegger has been Governor the state has seen a steady increase in new jobs 850,000 to be exact and billions of dollars in additional tax revenues. These job killers would reverse this trend by imposing new mandates and taxes that will stifle investment and job growth and decrease revenue to the states coffers.

Among the bills on this years list are new health care taxes, roll-backs of workers compensation reform, limits on affordable housing and development, restrictions on the use of voter-approved transportation funding, and a tax on freight movement.

CalChamber annually releases a list of job killer bills to identify legislation that will decimate economic and job growth in California. CalChamber will track the bills throughout the rest of the legislative session and work to educate legislators about the serious consequences these bills will have on the state.

To schedule an interview about the CalChambers 2007 Job Killer list, please contact the Media Relations department at (916) 444-6670.

The 2007 Job Killer bill list is also available at: www.calchamber.com/jobkillers.

The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California. Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state. Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, we provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law. CalChamber, a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California's economy and create jobs. Please visit our website at www.calchamber.com .

2007 Job Killer Bill List

Barriers to Affordable Housing

AB 5 (Wolk) Housing Development Restrictions

Stops new housing development in the Central Valley by punishing new development for the failure of local agencies to develop flood control plans that are based on information not available until 2011.

AB 35 (Ruskin)/ AB 888 (Lieu)/ AB 1058 (Laird) Increased Construction Costs

Increases cost to businesses by shifting the development of green state building standards for residential, commercial and government buildings from the Building Standards Commission, which considers cost impact in their development of standards, to other state entities, which do not consider cost impact and have no experience in the development or adoption of building standards.

AB 70 (Jones) Housing Development Restrictions

Halts development of housing by imposing joint liability on cities and counties for any flood damage, if they permit housing in undeveloped areas.

AB 1065 (Lieber) Construction Costs Increase

Substantially increases the cost of housing and development in California by implementing tight energy efficiency measures for all new residential and commercial buildings without taking into account the additional costs that will be passed on to consumers.

SB 464 (Kuehl) Rental Property: Owner Restrictions

Discourages construction and investment in rental housing by forcing rental property owners to stay in business, regardless of economic circumstances.

Costly Workplace Mandates

AB 8 (Nunez) Health Care Tax on Employers

Imposes a tax on small employers who cant afford to provide health care coverage, to fund health care coverage for those who dont currently purchase it.

AB 338 (Coto) Roll Back of Cost-Saving Workers Compensation Reforms

Undermines workers compensation reforms and increases temporary disability costs in workers compensation claims by increasing the number of weeks benefits can be paid, and by creating a disincentive to use utilization review to enforce medical treatment guidelines.

AB 504 (Swanson) Mandatory Payments for Striking Employees

Forces employers to pay striking employees by creating a new definition of lockout that requires an employer to pay restitution to employees.

AB 1201 (Leno) Increased Health Care Costs

Reduces access to health care due to increased labor costs resulting from unlawful altering of federal labor law governing union eligibility requirements and secret ballot union elections.

SB 48 (Perata) Health Care Tax on Employers

Imposes a tax on small employers who cant afford to provide health care coverage, to fund health care coverage for those who dont currently purchase it.

SB 180 (Migden) Increased Agricultural Costs

Hurts competitiveness of California agriculture producers, driving businesses out of state, killing jobs and increasing loss of farmland, by artificially increasing labor costs for California producers who must compete in a global market with lower than average operating costs; removes secret ballot election requirement for union representation and prohibits employer communication with employees.

SB 936 (Perata) Roll Back of Cost-Saving Workers Compensation Reforms

Increases the cost of hiring and keeping employees by rolling back historic reforms and doubling permanent disability costs in Californias workers compensation system.

SB 942 (Migden) Increased Workers Compensation Costs

Increases lawsuits against employers by expanding anti-discrimination laws related to workers compensation claims and creating a legal presumption that an employer has discriminated.

Economic Development Barriers

AB 493 (Ruskin) New Vehicle Surcharge

Assesses an unfair surcharge on new vehicles, which will increase costs for small businesses to transport their goods and services.

SB 375 (Steinberg) Growth Restrictions

Limits increased transportation capacity and affordable housing, and thwarts intent of voters who approved broad-based transportation bonds, by blocking use of these funds except for narrowly defined "infill" development projects.

SB 466 (Steinberg) Increased Costs for Timber and Wood Products

Reduces the amount of timber available for harvest, resulting in lost job opportunities, and increased costs for timber and wood products, by requiring landowners to give up 2 acres of forestland for every acre converted away from timber production.

SB 974 (Lowenthal) Tax on Freight Movement

Increases the cost of shipping goods and makes California less competitive by imposing an illegal per-container tax in the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland.

Expensive Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens

AB 904 (Feuer) Food Packaging Cost Increase/ Collection Mandate

Increases costs on all businesses that sell food by imposing new mandates on food service packaging and creating a new requirement that food providers collect and recycle 25 percent of the food service packaging they sell.

AB 1554 (Jones) New Government Bureaucracy for Rate Regulation

Reduces health care choice, access and quality by creating additional bureaucracy to impose price controls on health care policies, while failing to address the major cost drivers of rising medical care costs.

SB 201 (Florez) Leafy Green Vegetable Cost Increases

Threatens agricultural productivity, and increases the costs of leafy green vegetables, by mandating day-to-day growing practices in statute and requiring a state waiver for any deviations.

SB 899 (Simitian) Plastic Packaging Ban

Pushes jobs out of California and increases costs for industries that use plastic packaging by banning the manufacturing and distribution of specified plastic packaging in California.

Fuel Price Increases

SB 140 (Kehoe) New Fuel Mandate

Disadvantages California businesses and increases fuel prices by creating a fuel mandate that picks a winner in the alternative fuels market, preventing the research and development of additional viable options that may be cheaper and more efficient.

SB 210 (Kehoe) Restrictive Fuel Standard

Interferes with the development of a competitive alternative fuels market and threatens job creation in California by creating a costly Low Carbon Fuel Standard that conflicts with the existing standard created by Governor's Executive Order S-7-04.

Contacts

California Chamber of Commerce
Vince Sollitto, 916-444-6670

Contacts

California Chamber of Commerce
Vince Sollitto, 916-444-6670