Wednesday, November 01, 2006

AB 32 / Health Debate

From: Scott Hauge
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 7:00 AM
To: Small Business California
Subject: AB 32 / Health Debate

These are exciting times for Small Business California. On Wednesday Hank Ryan and I will be traveling to Washington DC where Small Business California will be doing a briefing on AB 32 {Greenhouse Emissions]in the Senate offices. Last week Senator Diane Feinstein and Senator Snowe sent out a Dear Colleagues letter encouraging the Senators and or their staff to attend the event. We also know that a number of states from around the country will have representatives. The discussion will be around global warming and AB 32 and how other states can follow California's lead in implementing green house emission caps.
That evening Small Business California will be honored at a reception put on by the Center for Small Business and the Environment and our good friend Byron Kennard.
Small Business California is getting calls from around the country on this and is being asked by states to help them to bring small business to the table in their states.
On the health front you all know that the Governor is expected to make a major announcement , assuming he is reelected, about how he plans to deal with the uninsured in California. Over the last month we have met or talked to Herb Schultz, John Remy, and Carol Liu in the Governors office, the Blue Shield Foundation , Blue Shield of California, Kaiser, Steve Westly, Lucian Wulsin at The Insure the Uninsured Project and David Panush in Senator Perata's office.
A group of small business owners have been put together to attend some of these meetings and Nov 6 that group will again be talking to Herb Schultz.
As always we welcome your comments on the above issues or any issue that effects small businesses around the state.

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