California Business Roundtable Responds to Governor’s Action to Close More Businesses

This is confusing.  The California Business RoundTable supported Prop. 19, to take $2.5 billion fom small farms and businesses each year, to be given to government..  But they are opposed to the Governor closing more businesses.  What do they think is going to happen to jobs and businesses when Prop. 19 is implemented—a loss of jobs and businesses will be closed or move out of State, thanks to higher property taxes.

They opposed Prop. 15, a $12 billion property tax increase, but supported a $2.5 billion increase.  Confused?  Obviously they are very confused—do they want to support families and jobs or big government?

California Business Roundtable Responds to Governor’s Action to Close More Businesses 
Brooke Armour, California Business Roundtable, 11/10/20  

SACRAMENTO—Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, issued the following statement today in response to the governor’s decision to close businesses and further stagnate the California economy: “Despite the governor and public health officials citing family gatherings as the main cause of the increase in COVID cases, it’s once again the workers and small business owners that is paying the price. We have repeatedly asked the governor and his administration for contact tracing data that would show how business openings have affected COVID rates and transmission.

The National Retail Federation has even gone so far as filing a public records request to obtain this critical information. Yet, just like our requests for relief from frivolous lawsuits, protection for businesses with teleworking capabilities and other efforts that could help mitigate the untold damage to the business community and economy, this request has gone unanswered.

“There is no economic relief when a county and its workforce move back a tier; closed businesses must still pay taxes and fees on top of the increased liability they face as workers are furloughed or transition back to telework. This is only made worse by the fact that there is no safety-net left for employers. Short-term relief money has run out, forcing more and more businesses are closing their doors permanently.

Today’s announcement is the realization of a worst-case scenario for tens of thousands of businesses. “We have repeatedly stated that the business community is ready to work with the governor on mitigating the spread of COVID, but once again he has acted without employer input or publicly available contract tracing data to support his actions.”
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