in the KNOW

August 6, 2015

California Competes Tax Credit- Applications Open

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has opened up the California Competes Tax Credit Application Periods for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

California Competes is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to stay and grow in California or come to California. Accountability for the credit is tied to achieving contractual (hiring/investment) milestones. The program has approximately $200 million in available tax credits.

Previously, this tax credit has been awarded to businesses in the areas of dairy products manufacturing, food processing, agricultural shipping product manufacturing, and bee hive cultivation, among others.

GoBiz is hosting an online webinar about the California Competes Tax Credit on August 10, 2015. Click HERE to register. Small, medium, and large businesses are encouraged to join the webinar and learn more about how to apply. GoBiz also has a team available to assist applicants with the application process.

Applications for the California Competes Tax Credit are accepted online HERE during the following periods:
1. July 20, 2015, through August 17, 2015
2. January 4, 2016, through January 25, 2016
3. March 7, 2016, through March 28, 2016

Ag Groups Provide Comments to DPR on Pesticide Use

Ag Council and other ag organizations provided comments to the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) on July 31 urging against the adoption of further regulations relating to pesticide use near schools.

Existing regulations already protect public health and the environment. Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and DPR undertake a rigorous scientific review process of pesticides to ensure no unreasonable adverse effects. In addition, among other regulatory measures, California is the only state with a system to issue permits to prevent possible adverse effects.

Ag Council and others support the current science-based regulations in place in California and there is no justification for regulatory changes regarding pesticides.

Click HERE to read the detailed comment letter to DPR.

Take Action to Oppose the Minimum Wage Hike

With San Francisco raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018 and Los Angeles raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, some in the State Legislature continue to push for SB 3, by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), to increase the minimum wage in California by 63 percent in two phases: 1) raise it to $11 per hour in January 2016 and 2) increase it to $13 per hour beginning July 2017. SB 3 then raises minimum wage according to inflation in subsequent years.

Ag Council and numerous other ag and business groups are advocating against this mandate given that SB 3 imposes more costs onto the business community in California and limits job growth. California’s minimum wage is currently $9 per hour and will be raised to $10 in January 2016 under the existing law passed by the Legislature in 2013.

Ag Council encourages members to join us in opposing SB 3 by using the link in the “Take Action” section below.

With SB 3 pending in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Ag Council urges members to go to our Action Center by clicking HERE to easily send a letter to your Assembly representative. Though the Legislature is currently in recess, SB 3 is expected to be considered soon after legislators return on August 17.

Next Newsletter

Ag Council’s In the Know e-newsletter is on a brief hiatus next week and returns the week of August 17 when the California State Legislature reconvenes. If there is any pertinent activity in the meantime, Ag Council will be sure to inform our members.