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Jerry Brown gets mixed marks from California Chamber of Commerce

October 1, 2012 | 11:48 am
As he navigated the hundreds of bills on his desk over the last month, Gov. Jerry Brown struck a careful balancing act that gave many Capitol interests something to cheer and something to complain about.

Among those groups was the state’s Chamber of Commerce, who like many didn’t get everything they wanted from the Democratic governor. The business group, which often finds itself on the defensive in the Democratically backed Capitol, tagged six bills on its most-reviled list, legislation the chamber calls “job killers.”

Of the six such bills on Brown’s desk, four were signed into law. Among them were two bills that implement the state’s greenhouse gas law, AB 32, and two others aimed at providing new homeowner protections.

Other bills opposed by the chamber were vetoed, including one that would have ordered the state to create new regulations for overtime and meal breaks for domestic workers.

With the November election just weeks away, everything that the governor does is viewed through a political prism. Brown is urging voters to approve Proposition 30, a temporary increase on upper-income and sales taxes. The chamber is neutral on the measure, but some of its members have opened their checkbooks to aid the governor’s effort.


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— Anthony York in Sacramento