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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
Elected officials would no longer be able to hide expensive gifts of overseas travel donated by nonprofits and businesses, under rules given preliminary approval Thursday by the state's political ethics watchdog. The rules were proposed by the commission staff after The Times reported that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had been taking free overseas trips on luxury jets leased by a taxpayer-subsidized charity linked to the California Chamber of Commerce. The governor's office had avoided fully disclosing payments of $1.7 million by the nonprofit, the California State Protocol Foundation, for the governor's jets, hotel suites and support staff.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1991
California's economy, with all its great diversity, affords us a real opportunity to reverse the trends. Our new agenda must revamp state policy in a number of critical areas. As chairman of the California Chamber of Commerce, I propose the following: Reapportionment--The new districts must strengthen democracy by genuinely reflecting the wishes of the voters, not by providing safe havens for entrenched politicians. Education--The school system needs a major overhaul. Parents, principals, teachers and school site administrators need more autonomy in the decision-making process and they must be accountable for their actions.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - In the closing days of the Legislature last year, Gov. Jerry Brown helped forge a compromise on a sweeping overhaul of the workers' compensation insurance system and persuaded Democratic and Republican lawmakers to pass it into law. Now he is taking on another big challenge: He wants to fix the state's financially ailing unemployment insurance program, which pays jobless Californians up to $450 a week. With one of the nation's highest unemployment rates for several years, the state has had to borrow money from the feds to keep the program going.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A bill that would boost California's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016 won approval by the state Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who said he would sign it. The measure would raise the current $8 minimum wage to $9 an hour next July 1 and to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016. The 25% increase would be the first minimum-wage hike in California in five years and would put extra money in the pockets of an estimated 2.4 million Californians. "This is the time to raise the minimum wage to provide relief for hard-working families," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville)
BUSINESS
April 19, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A rescue effort is underway for the state's financially troubled unemployment insurance program, an economic lifeline that currently provides weekly monetary support for 525,000 jobless Californians. More than $10 billion in the red, the unemployment insurance fund has been spiraling toward bankruptcy in recent years, even as it continues to provide weekly jobless benefits of as much as $450 for job seekers. Video chat: Sequester to hit jobless benefits Unemployment, as it's best known, is a primary element of the state's economic safety net. Funded by employer taxes, it's been providing jobless benefits since 1935.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999 | KAREN ROBINSON JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The way Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce, sees it, the business lobbying group didn't do too badly under the new Democratic administration in Sacramento. Zaremberg assessed the most recent legislative session at a meeting Tuesday of the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 100 chanting and placard-waving union members marched to a downtown Sacramento office tower in a staged and futile attempt to serve a $240 million bill on the California Chamber of Commerce. The "invoice," union officials said, represented the amount of unpaid wages awarded by the state labor commissioner's office to workers that went uncollected from 2008 to 2011. The Service Employees International Union is sponsoring a bill aimed at preventing so-called wage theft.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2006
Regarding "State Minimum Wage Gets a Raise," Sept. 13: Let's take at face value the fears expressed by the California Chamber of Commerce and others about the resulting $2.6 billion a year in higher payrolls. It's obvious that businesses will pass that increase on to us, the consumers. That $2.6 billion divided by the California population of 36 million comes out to $72 a year (not counting tourists), which is 20 cents a day. Considering the humane nature of this legislation, my family and I are more than happy to pay that amount.
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