This Week in Government Affairs (Video)

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May 21, 2018

This Week in Brief

Local Issues:

  • Mayor Brand will present his initial plan for the 2018-19 FY City of Fresno Budget
  • The council will hear a presentation on marijuana regulations and taxes

State Issues:

  • The Governor Jerry Brown presented his May revision to the annual state budget and warned against using the $7.5 billion currently being held in the discretionary surplus fund.
  • Bills are currently making their way through the committee process, with many of them currently being held in the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees.
  • Our organization’s board and staff will be traveling to Sacramento to discuss our state issue priorities with our elected officials.

Federal Level:

  • The Farm Bill failed passage in the house.
  • There has been no movement on the two different immigration bills being held in the house.

PAC:

  • Absentee ballots are out, don’t forget to send yours in, click here to see our recommendations for the June 5th Primary election.

Events:

  • Eggs and Issues this Friday on Immigration, click here to get your ticket before registration closes!

May 14, 2018

This Week in Brief:
Local
  • The Fresno City Council will be having a workshop on the upcoming 2020 Census at their meeting this Thursday

State Issues

  • The Fresno Chamber has weighed in on 48 bills already in 2018, with many letters sent to legislators in support or opposition. We have weighed in on more than a dozen Job Killer pieces of legislation and are a part of statewide coalitions to stop these bills.
  • Next week our Board and staff will be visiting Sacramento to talk to our local legislators about our 2018 legislative priorities, and the issues most affecting the Central Valley business climate.

Federal

  • No progress on legislation relating to immigration reform, but kudos to Reps. Denham and Valadao for their efforts on bringing legislation to the floor.

Coming Up

April 23, 2018

This Week in Brief:

Local Issues:

  • Fresno City Council ratified an incentive zone deal that will make the Ventura/Kings Canyon corridor, east of First Street, an investment priority area within the City of Fresno, the Chamber was supportive and spoke in favor of its passage.
  • The council also passed some additional regulations on Mobile Food Vendors, and background check/fingerprinting requirements for vendors primarily selling products to minors. The Chamber also spoke in support of this item.

State Issues:

  • Legislative deadlines are on the horizon. Bills must be referred from fiscal to policy committees by the close of business on April 27th.

Federal Issues:

  • We are monitoring trade issues and what they could mean to valley farmers and our Ag industry.

Events coming up:

  • Eggs and Issues on May 25th on Immigration! With speakers from the US Chamber and Immigration/DACA group Fwd.Us

April 16, 2018

This Week in Brief:
 City issues- Coming Up at City Council:
  • Ventura/Kings Canyon Economic Investment Zone by Councilman Luis Chavez

State Issues:

  • The Governor’s May Revise of the annual state budget
  • GAC has weighed in on two state initiatives on the June and November ballots. Support Prop 69 and Oppose Residential Rent Control

Federal Issues:

  • Kevin McCarthy the front runner to become the next speaker of the house.

Chamber Update:

  • Eggs and Issues May 25th on Immigration

April 9, 2018

This Week in Brief:

Local Issues:
  • The Fresno City Council, during last Thursday meeting, voted to ratify a deal that will bring 500 new GAP distribution center jobs to Fresno.
  • The Council also received a presentation on the Anti-Slum Enforcement Team’s (ASET) progress on rental housing inspections.
State Issues:
  • The California Chamber of Commerce has just released their 2018 JOB KILLER bill list for 2018, our GAC will be meeting this Wednesday and weighing in on many of those bills, along with statewide ballot initiatives.
Federal Issues:
  • No progress on immigration reform, and rumors that a deal on DACA will not be moving forward, both of which could be disastrous for the Central Valley.
Chamber Update:
  • Eggs and Issues, May 25th at Pardini’s, on Immigration, more details coming soon!

April 2, 2018

This Week in Brief:
Local Issues
  • At this Thursday’s Fresno City Council meeting, Councilman Luis Chavez will be presenting his Ventura/Kings Canyon Opportunity Zone resolution to the council. The item would help expand business and employment opportunities in that major business corridor.
  • The Council will be ratifying a deal that will help bring 500 new jobs to Fresno through a GAP distribution center.

State Issues

  • Legislators are returning from Spring recess, and policy hearings are underway. We are monitoring bills on class-action lawsuits, employer mandated benefits and water.

Federal Issues

  • There has been no progress on immigration reform or DACA at the congressional level.

March 26, 2018

This Week in Brief:

Local Issues
  • The Chamber GAC weighed in to oppose Councilman Garry Bredefeld’s Money Back Guarantee item, and spoke against it along with other community and business leaders at last Thursday’s City Council meeting. The item did not come up for a vote, but we will be monitoring the issue in case it does.
  • The Chamber GAC also voted to support the parking lot expansion project that Producer’s Dairy brought forward for the City Council to consider. The Council voted to have the Mayor, Producer’s and Tower District neighbors meet and come to a compromise.
State Issues
  • The California State Senate had a change in leadership with Senator Kevin DeLeon (D- Los Angeles) being succeeded by Senator Toni Atkins (D- San Diego). We look forward to working with her on the issues affecting our business community and regional economy.
Federal Issues
  • President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion Omnibus package that will continue to fund the federal government. There has still been no comprehensive immigration or DACA legislation that has moved forward to help resolve either of the issues.
Political Front
  • Our PAC will be meeting and giving our recommendations for Fresno City Council, so stay turned for news very soon!