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California Businesses May Score in Legislative Duel

Business groups label the four groups’ major bills “job killers” and despite the leftward tilt of the Legislature, business lobbies are faring surprisingly well on defense with less than a week remaining in the 2008 session – and could even score some points on offense as an adjunct of the state budget wrangle. Last week, the largest and most influential of the business groups, the California Chamber of Commerce, revised its “job killer” list, noting that 22 of its measures had already been stopped, leaving just 17 of the original batch still pending, plus another late-blooming entry that would make it easier for the United Farm Workers Union to organize field workers. Read More. (Dan Walters in The Sacramento Bee 08/26/08)

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