The California Manufacturers and Technology Association has weighed in on the vetoes issued by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the end of the legislative session. The Governor hit many but certainly not all of the right targets to be killed — legislation that would have increased costs and regulations in the interest of nebulous social goals. California, we remind you, suffers from an exodus of manufacturing jobs.
Schwarzenegger vetoed three bills to establish statutory advantages for building materials and another expanding the list of hazardous materials in electrical equipment. However, he signed a bill establishing a parallel toxic materials inventory — redtape that hits small business the hardest — and a bill that prohibits commercial manufacture, sale or distribution of certain toys and child care products containing phthalates in concentrations exceeding a specified percentage. Junk science wins the day. Here’s the American Chemistry Council’s news release, with Jack Gerard, ACC’s president, saying, “This law is the product of the politics of fear. It is not good science, and it is not good government.”
So on laws that could hinder the day-to-day operation of business, Schwarzenegger generally maintains a reasonable suspicion of additional rules and regulations.
Unfortunately, all the good Schwarzenegger accrues gets overtaken by the big items, like California’s intention to sue the EPA to force state regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. California wants to carve a mini-nation of its own environmental overkill. What gets killed are manufacturing jobs.
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