Small business owners throughout California are under attack by a state government and political system that is either ill informed, dismissive or simply doesn't value their role in creating economic growth, good-paying jobs and real opportunity for California's residents. The attacks are not limited to a single industry or profession. They extend to all businesses and unfortunately, in some cases, threaten their very existence.
Issues of workers compensation reform, taxes, regulatory harassment, tort reform and health care often burden small businesses making it more difficult than ever to remain profitable and stay in business. Anti-business interests that constantly lobby the Legislature make a better future difficult. There must be action from small business to realize a turn-around in Sacramento.
California's small business community needs an aggressive force in Sacramento, not afraid to look out for its interests in the Legislature or on the ballot. Small business and big business must join forces to promote a business friendly California. Frankly, a business friendly California will reap benefits for all the citizens of the state. The end result will be a healthy financial situation for the people of California and enough revenue to run the government. We are working feverishly to achieve these goals.
While small business people are frustrated with anti-business attitudes, they don't want to abandon California. They want to fight back and turn things around.
That's why the Small Business Action Committee was formed. We’ve had remarkable success from the beginning, gathering well over 1-million signatures to place a workers compensation reform measure on the ballot. Using that measure, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was able to push a workers comp reform through the legislature which has saved all business in the state millions of dollars in burdensome insurance premiums.
Not resting on our success, we continue to battle on all fronts for small business in California.
I hope you will consider joining our efforts.