Some strange bedfellows gathered at the State Capitol Thursday to announce changes to California’s sprawling regulatory system. Here’s a list of power brokers you don’t normally see together: Senate President Darrell Steinberg, Jack Stewart with the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, Assembly Speaker John Perez and California Chamber of Commerce C-E-O Allan Zaremberg.
It didn’t take long for Zaremberg and Perez to trade one-liners.
“It’s a pretty good turnout,” said Zaremberg. “You should have me at more of your press conferences!”
Laughing, Perez responded, “you should support more of our legislation!”
Democrats and business groups don’t typically see eye-to-eye. But Steinberg says they’ve agreed to changes like reviewing major regulations more thoroughly … and conducting rigorous economic impact assessments.
“We are here as a strong beginning to put an end to the drumbeat that California is not friendly to business,” said Steinberg.
CalChamber’s Allan Zaremberg says the changes will bring increased certainty and transparency that could help keep businesses from moving out-of-state. “This is what we have to go now sell these people,” he said, “and I think that’s the important aspect of it is – to be able to say, we’re listening to you and we’re going to do something about your concerns.”