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As drivers struggle, Seattle should scrap gig-worker law

As drivers struggle, Seattle should scrap gig-worker law By Sal Rodriguez | April 12, 2024 Back in May 2022, the Seattle City Council approved so-called “PayUp” legislation imposing minimum wage standards on app-based delivery services. Under the rules, app-based delivery drivers must be paid a city-established minimum per minute and ...
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Learn about Sacramento's latest anti-entrepreneurship bill

‘Right To Ignore Your Boss’ Bill Could Make Work-Life Balance Worse for Employees

Haney told the Bay Area News Group that “smartphones have blurred the boundaries between work and home life,” and that “workers shouldn’t be punished for not being available 24/7 if they are not being paid for 24 hours of work.” It’s a shockingly simplistic view of how things work in ...
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New Sac tax could impose huge burden on entrepreneurs

400 Percent Tax Increase on Entrepreneurs Won’t Generate the Millions Sacramento Seeks

California’s reputation as being one of the most difficult and expensive places to own and operate a business and create jobs has been long established. Year after year, California ranks at the bottom in Chief Executive magazine’s listing of the best and worst states for business. Even in a tough ...
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Lessons from Africa: Private utilities offer a way forward

Lessons from Africa: Private utilities offer a way forward By Scott Beyer | February 2, 2024 I was exploring a rural Kenyan village last spring when noticing an infrastructure dichotomy – one I later realized is characteristic of Africa. The government in Wamunyu, a farm town two hours from Nairobi, ...
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Lower costs – not subsidies – spur Sacto’s restaurant scene

Lower costs – not subsidies – spur Sacto’s restaurant scene By Steven Greenhut | December 22, 2023 When I moved to Sacramento in 2009, the city’s restaurant and nightlife scene was rather bleak. I recall roaming around downtown on an election night looking for an open bar, figuring Capitol staffers ...
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Read about new CA green mandate

Outlawing Commercial Gas Ovens Latest Government Hit on Minority Workers

You may have missed it, but there was another shot fired last week in the war by California bureaucrats against gas-powered appliances. The South Coast Air Quality Management District – the unelected body given sweeping regulatory powers in the name of reducing air pollution in Southern California – passed a ...
Agriculture

Read about a rare good bill from Sacramento

Here’s One Good Idea from Sacramento: Cut Red Tape for Farmers Markets

The popularity of farmers markets has swelled over the last three decades, from only 1,755 in 1994 across the country to 8,771 in 2019. The expansion has slowed somewhat in recent years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the demand has peaked. The stagnation could simply mean that local government restrictions ...
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Getting back to work: strategies for permit and licensing reform

Getting back to work: strategies for permit and licensing reform By Anastasia Boden and Stephen Slivinski | July 13, 2023 Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from the Better Cities Project’s ‘Getting Back to Work’ – a blueprint for helping cities thrive following the COVID-19 disruptions. Although the ...
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City Hall should stay out of the way of home-based businesses

City Hall should stay out of the way of home-based businesses Home-based businesses have long been a viable means by which people support themselves. It’s essential that governments make it easier, not harder, for cottage industries to thrive. The importance and prevalence of home-based businesses “For most of human history, ...
Business & Economics

New court ruling brings hope for gig workers stymied by AB5

California Assembly Bill 5, which should have been officially named state government’s War on Independent Contractors, recently took a well-deserved, though not full, thrashing in court. It’s a favorable ruling for workers who prefer independence over the structure of hired employment.  Passed and signed in 2019, AB5 virtually outlawed gig ...
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As drivers struggle, Seattle should scrap gig-worker law

As drivers struggle, Seattle should scrap gig-worker law By Sal Rodriguez | April 12, 2024 Back in May 2022, the Seattle City Council approved so-called “PayUp” legislation imposing minimum wage standards on app-based delivery services. Under the rules, app-based delivery drivers must be paid a city-established minimum per minute and ...
Blog

Learn about Sacramento's latest anti-entrepreneurship bill

‘Right To Ignore Your Boss’ Bill Could Make Work-Life Balance Worse for Employees

Haney told the Bay Area News Group that “smartphones have blurred the boundaries between work and home life,” and that “workers shouldn’t be punished for not being available 24/7 if they are not being paid for 24 hours of work.” It’s a shockingly simplistic view of how things work in ...
Blog

New Sac tax could impose huge burden on entrepreneurs

400 Percent Tax Increase on Entrepreneurs Won’t Generate the Millions Sacramento Seeks

California’s reputation as being one of the most difficult and expensive places to own and operate a business and create jobs has been long established. Year after year, California ranks at the bottom in Chief Executive magazine’s listing of the best and worst states for business. Even in a tough ...
Blog

Lessons from Africa: Private utilities offer a way forward

Lessons from Africa: Private utilities offer a way forward By Scott Beyer | February 2, 2024 I was exploring a rural Kenyan village last spring when noticing an infrastructure dichotomy – one I later realized is characteristic of Africa. The government in Wamunyu, a farm town two hours from Nairobi, ...
Blog

Lower costs – not subsidies – spur Sacto’s restaurant scene

Lower costs – not subsidies – spur Sacto’s restaurant scene By Steven Greenhut | December 22, 2023 When I moved to Sacramento in 2009, the city’s restaurant and nightlife scene was rather bleak. I recall roaming around downtown on an election night looking for an open bar, figuring Capitol staffers ...
Blog

Read about new CA green mandate

Outlawing Commercial Gas Ovens Latest Government Hit on Minority Workers

You may have missed it, but there was another shot fired last week in the war by California bureaucrats against gas-powered appliances. The South Coast Air Quality Management District – the unelected body given sweeping regulatory powers in the name of reducing air pollution in Southern California – passed a ...
Agriculture

Read about a rare good bill from Sacramento

Here’s One Good Idea from Sacramento: Cut Red Tape for Farmers Markets

The popularity of farmers markets has swelled over the last three decades, from only 1,755 in 1994 across the country to 8,771 in 2019. The expansion has slowed somewhat in recent years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the demand has peaked. The stagnation could simply mean that local government restrictions ...
Blog

Getting back to work: strategies for permit and licensing reform

Getting back to work: strategies for permit and licensing reform By Anastasia Boden and Stephen Slivinski | July 13, 2023 Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from the Better Cities Project’s ‘Getting Back to Work’ – a blueprint for helping cities thrive following the COVID-19 disruptions. Although the ...
Blog

City Hall should stay out of the way of home-based businesses

City Hall should stay out of the way of home-based businesses Home-based businesses have long been a viable means by which people support themselves. It’s essential that governments make it easier, not harder, for cottage industries to thrive. The importance and prevalence of home-based businesses “For most of human history, ...
Business & Economics

New court ruling brings hope for gig workers stymied by AB5

California Assembly Bill 5, which should have been officially named state government’s War on Independent Contractors, recently took a well-deserved, though not full, thrashing in court. It’s a favorable ruling for workers who prefer independence over the structure of hired employment.  Passed and signed in 2019, AB5 virtually outlawed gig ...
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