HYPOCRISY--THY NAME IS GRAY
Last year, Governor Gray Davis
vetoed a state workers compensation bill that
would have increased benefits by $2.5 billion
per year, saying that "it was too high a
price to pay by business and government."
Recently, after signing a "small business
job-killing machine" workers comp bill, the
Governor stated, "Today we are providing
justice for working people. It may be overdue,
but it has arrived." What hypocrisy!!! We
at United Small Business of California ask the
Governor why business group representatives were
few and far between at these negotiations, while
organized labor and trial attorneys were at the
table in droves. Could it be because these latter
two groups provide his largest sources of campaign
For the record, Governor Davis,
you should be aware that the California business
community pays more in workers compensation claims--$7.9
billion dollars, according to the latest figures--than
the combined total of New York, Pennsylvania and
Florida! (These states ranked 2-3-4 in total payments).
Also for the record, Governor Davis, worker's
compensation premiums by employers have jumped
an incredible 77% since 1997, to almost $12 billion.
Exactly what is the deal, Governor Davis?
Jack Stewart, President of
the California Manufacturers and Technology Association,
cited an analysis by the independent workers compensation
insurance ratings bureau, which estimated the
cost of benefit increases at $3.5 billion annually.
He also stated that this legislature would be
"another nail in the coffin of California
Workers comp increases were
a major reason California businesses left in droves
in the early 1990's, moving to right-to-work states
such as Nevada, Arizona and Utah. Do we have to
have another major exodus before our Governor
gets it right? The elections are upon us. However
you vote is your business; however, please use
the leverage election years bring to the voting
public by letting Governor Davis know how you
feel about the bottomless pit of workers compensation
costs being put on your backs. He may be reached
at 916-445-2841. His fax number is 916-445-4633.
His e-mail address is GrayDavis@
P.S. We need to mobilize our
members, your business neighbors, suppliers and
colleagues to join our efforts to stop this type
of "job killing--business--killing"
legislation. Our goal is still to bring 100,000
business advocates and families together in Sacramento
in 2004-2005 in the form of a "Small Business
Bill of Rights" rally. Please pass this memo
to others who are concerned and send us the telephone
numbers and/or e-mail addresses of individuals
you would like us to contact individually.
Proclaiming Liberty to America's Small Business
P O Box 3132 St. Charles, IL 60174 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone 877-791-7705 Fax 630-475-3844
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