Final outcome of the Governor’s pen
By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations
|Capitol Update, Oct. 8, 2018
September 30th marked the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown’s final signing period where he had to decide the fate of hundreds of bills sent to him by the Legislature in August. Shortly after his office released the final update, Brown tweeted: “16 years — and nearly 20,000 bills — later, the desk is clear. #Eureka.” In 2018, he signed 1,016 bills total and vetoed 201. Many of those bills affected, directly and indirectly, California manufacturers and yo … » More
More than 240 CA manufacturers & institutions opened their doors for National MFG Day
|Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 9|
|Thank you to the more than 240 California manufacturers and institutions that opened their doors last Friday for National Manufacturing Day (#MFGDay18). The number of events in California continues to grow each year and we’re proud our members are stepping up to show off the state’s manufacturing chops. CMTA attended a few of the events and we are compiling pictures and summaries from many events around the state to share with you. If you would like a picture or comment to be included from one of your own events please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The seventh annual Manufacturing Day drew nearly 3,000 events across the country. Thousands of students, parents, and teachers learned about the rewarding careers that manufacturing offers, and experienced first-hand about the high-tech innovations in 21st century manufacturing.
Manufacturing Day occurs on the first friday of every October and it is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It is an incredible opportunity to showcase the amazing work manufacturers do on a daily basis and to educate students, community members, media and policymakers on how integral manufacturing is to the local, national and global economy.
Manufacturing Day expands knowledge and improves public perception about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is. Visit mfgday.com to learn more.
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CA continues to lag US in MFG growth, LA county even worse
|Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 1|
|Manufacturing’s vital contributions to the California economy are far out of proportion to its shrinking share of employment.
California’s manufacturing sector boasts $87k average wages (2017), more than $288 billion in output (2017), a higher share of workers without a college degree than economy overall, and tremendous economic ripple effects from long supply chains and economic activity.
California is still the largest manufacturing state in the country with more than 1.3 million workers but given the state’s size, that doesn’t tell the whole story.
With all of the benefits California reaps from manufacturing, it remains that the state simply is not keeping pace with the national resurgence. This is evident in California manufacturing job growth, investment growth and reshores as a percentage of the the rest of the country. Manufacturing job growth in particular shows a 5 percent increase since 2010 in California, while the country grew at more than 11 percent. Further some of the regions that need manufacturing opportunities the most are seeing dismal manufacturing growth rates (See L.A. in chart). We simply can and must do better.
Costs and predicability are often the largest challenges for manufacturers to make long-term investment decisions in California. Electricity rates alone are 86 percent higher for the industrial class and 49 percent higher for the commercial class. Workers’ compensation premiums are the highest in the nation. California-specific laws that pop up every year often make it difficult to understand if a manufacturer can compete long-term in the state. These challenges and more have created an environment that makes it difficult for California’s robust innovation and R&D to scale up actual manufacturing facilities in the state.
CMTA continues to present these facts to the Legislature and the media and we hope you can join us in telling the tremendous story of manufacturing benefits and opportunities, as well as the challenges of competing in California.
Below is an updated chart of manufacturing growth, with the percentage for the state’s largest manufacturing region — LA — included.
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