News from the GCVCC Business Legislative Advocacy Committee
The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce (GCVCC) joined organizations from across the State urging Governor Newsom to address job losses being experienced from both the pandemic and businesses leaving the State.
Dear Governor, Mr. Speaker, Madam President Pro Tem, Members of the State Legislature:
The California economy cannot fully recover until businesses are allowed to reopen. Many employers believe they could safely reopen now with the extensive work they have done to create a safe environment for their employees and customers. Nonetheless, the record number of infections that have overwhelmed hospitals throughout the State likely means that widespread reopening will not occur anytime soon. The shutdowns have already devastated many small and large employers, and brought misery to millions of workers. As the shutdowns continues indefinitely, many more of these businesses will close permanently, unable to withstand the financial losses they are suffering. These closures take with them jobs, local tax revenues and social glue from both local communities and the State.
At the same time, California continues to suffer a significant exodus of employers to other states, who are seeking lower taxes, fewer regulatory burdens, more affordable housing for employees, and reduced employment litigation. While we have seen these occurrences gradually grow over the past several years, the pandemic, and current economic crisis in California has exacerbated this situation. Some of these employers will maintain existing facilities in California, while others are shutting down their offices/locations here completely, transferring jobs out of state. And, all employers leaving are eliminating the option for any
future growth in California.
California needs to address both crises immediately.
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