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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.
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BUSINESS
September 26, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
Hundreds of items found on supermarket shelves, such as shampoos, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and food packaging, could get chemical makeovers under new rules being put in force by California. On Thursday, state toxic chemical regulators will unveil what they say is the nation's most comprehensive program for identifying and reformulating common consumer products containing hazardous chemicals. In the past, the state took a piecemeal approach. Lawmakers would ban specific chemicals from particular products, such as bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By James Barragan, Marc Lifsher and E. Scott Reckard
President Obama named Los Angeles businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of a community bank and a former California Cabinet member, as his nominee to head the Small Business Administration. Obama said Contreras-Sweet, who has worked with small businesses in the private sector, understands what small businesses need. "Maria knows how hard it is to get started on a business," Obama said Wednesday. "The grueling hours, the stress, the occasional self-doubt. " "So not only did she start small businesses, but those have also been her customers, and she understands all too often that the lack of access to capital means a lack of opportunity," he said.
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
September 25, 2013 | By Shan Li
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will raise California's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016. The wage hike will go into effect in two phases: The current minimum of $8 an hour will be lifted to $9 on July 1, 2014, and then to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016. Brown put his signature to the legislation Wednesday in front of workers at the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles. He called it his "moral responsibility" to give Californians a chance to earn a living wage.
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.
OPINION
July 26, 2009
Re "A sick waste of money," Editorial, July 18 It's hard to imagine a worse time to support a new tax on hospitals, but The Times has managed to do just that. This new tax -- which The Times calls a fee -- will be passed through to patients with private health coverage or who pay out of pocket, and will exacerbate our already out-of-control healthcare costs. Less than six weeks ago, California voters sent a clear signal: no more taxes. The Times' ill-considered endorsement of a proposed hospital tax (AB 1383 by Assemblyman Dave Jones)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1996
This March 26, everyone who cares about schools and students must vote yes on Prop. 203. That's what it will take for Prop. 203--the school construction bond--to pass. It's that simple. Prop. 203 is so important to the education community. If approved by voters, this bond issue will fund critical projects for school construction and repairs, classroom seismic safety and improved access to computers in pubic schools, community colleges and public universities. The education community is not alone in its support for Prop.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown says he supports a bill in the Legislature that would boost the California minimum wage next year and in 2016 by a total of $2 an hour. The bill, AB 10 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), is now before the state Senate and must win final passage from the Legislature before a Friday recess.   Subway, In-N-Out, Chick-fil-A top Zagat fast-food survey “The minimum wage has  not kept pace with rising costs,” the governor said in a statement released by his office.
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