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Lt. Gov. Newsom to headline Metro Chamber’s legislative day Feb. 22

In Northern California’s largest chamber-led lobbying effort, business and civic leaders from the Sacramento region head to the State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 22, to ask legislators to reform the state budget, provide businesses with regulatory relief and advocate for shared responsibility during the current budget crisis.

Organized by the Sacramento Metro Chamber, this year’s State Legislative Summit offers one of the best opportunities for the leading voice of business to be heard, and business leaders are cautiously optimistic that real reform can happen.

“2011 must be the year of allowing businesses to do what they do best—create jobs—and not wade through senseless paperwork,” said Matthew Mahood, president & CEO. “The state’s onerous regulations run 28,000 pages long and many, many duplicate each other. We all know how tough it is to do our federal state tax returns—businesspeople face that kind of hassle every day from burdensome and redundant state regulations—not to mention those of local and other jurisdictions.”

Earlier this year, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg asked the Metro Chamber for examples of how the state could reform itself by providing regulatory relief. The Metro Chamber provided very focused feedback.

Because of this specific and substantive input, Sen. Steinberg is partnering with the chamber on a series of meetings over seven weeks to discuss how to reduce state regulations and provide relief to businesses so they can put people back to work and begin expanding again. One proposed bill, SB 366, authored by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, and Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Santa Monica, was announced by Sen. Steinberg during a press conference Feb. 16 at the Sacramento Metro Chamber.

“We are both grateful and encouraged to have the opportunity to review our business regulatory concerns with Sen. Steinberg,” Mahood said. “This process creates an on-going dialogue where we can candidly address the most significant burdens to business and actively look for solutions to improve our regulatory environment and business climate. Our members will bring a complete pro-jobs agenda to legislators during our State Legislative Summit on Feb. 22.” The position paper is available here.

Summit topics include air quality, civic amenities, green technology, flood protection, health care and biosciences, jobs and business growth, resources, state budget, transportation, and workforce and education.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sen. Steinberg will address the Metro Chamber State Legislative Summit delegation during the luncheon at The Citizen Hotel, 926 J. St., Sacramento. The half-day event runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The program concludes with the Capital Region Legislators Welcome Reception, beginning at 5 p.m. at The Citizen Hotel to honor the newly elected state constitutional officers and locally elected leaders from Sacramento’s capital region. The reception is co-hosted by Sen. Steinberg and newly elected Assemblyman Roger Dickinson. The Metro Chamber welcomes the region’s new public servants in partnership with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Hal Silliman is communications director for the Sacramento Metro Chamber

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