As a sign of just how out of touch are our state legislators in Sacramento, let me relate to you some legislation they’re considering. Now, first of all, some background. The state is in an economic crisis. One in eight California is out of work — and that just based on official unemployment statistics. If you factor in the number who have given up the search, it could go as high as one in five.
Drive along any main thoroughfare in Los Angeles and you’ll find countless vacant storefronts, decorated only with the detritus of the past tenant with signs reading, “For Lease” or “Available” posted on a display window displaying nothing else.
So, via Sonicfrog, I get a link to something my drinking companions brought up last night (wonderful that serendipity, spared me a google search). The California Assembly just voted to increase regulations on private enterprise:
California is poised to take the national and global lead on yet another key environmental issue:single-use paper and plastic bags handed out at grocery, convenience, and other stores.
The state Assembly approved AB 1998 Wednesday, which would require shoppers who don’t bring their own bags to the store to purchase paper bags made of at least 40 percent recycled material or buy reusable totes. The statewide ban, which would go further than plastic bag bans in at least five cities, including San Francisco, would be the nation’s first. It moves on to the Senate Thursday, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that he supports it – a rare revelation that could aid its passage, according to several observers.
(It passed the Assembly 41-27, with no Republican votes.)
Yeah, that’ll make it easier for entrepreneurs to establish new enterprises. Don’t these legislators have better things to do with their time? They’re more concerned with appeasing the left-wing environmental lobby in the state than actually standing up to the various special interests and for the citizens of California.
The interest groups will applaud, but no new jobs will be created in the private sector. And the cost of doing business will go up.
Kudos to state Republicans for opposing this nonsense.