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Water

The water supply system that supports most of California’s residents, businesses and underpins its ecological health is facing unprecedented challenges. Coordinated near- and long-term actions to address constraints and conflicts are needed if we are to realize the co-equal values of adequate water supply for California, and ecosystem health and revitalization. Given the breadth and statewide impact of the crisis, the interest of the business community is coincident with that of the general public. 

Transportation

California has massive unmet infrastructure needs. There is no doubt that the old ways of financing and constructing public facilities through bonds and taxes are not equal to California’s infrastructure needs. The task is simply too large, absent some changes in the way we build our roads, schools, bridges, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure.

There is a proven way forward. Other states and nations have saved taxpayers millions while providing needed infrastructure upgrades by partnering with the private sector. New avenues for infrastructure development are doubly important in these challenging economic times. The aforementioned proposals would catalyze new projects, stimulating jobs and economic activity to help reinvigorate California’s economy. This increased economic activity would also bolster tax revenues, mitigating the need for painful spending cuts or tax increases.

Economic Competitiveness

Whether real or perceived, California is frequently seen as unfriendly to business--with a myriad of complicated (and many times unclear) rules and regulations, it is essential that we work to simplify processes, create the conditions necessary for our regional economies to grow. It is through better leveraging our regions and their industries that California can increase its global economic competitiveness.

Education

The promises and the challenges facing California in relation to our public education system have never been more significant. Every year more than one hundred thousand students fail to graduate, falling through the cracks of an overburdened education system into a lifestyle of few opportunities. Given this challenge, the Regional Economic Association Leaders (R.E.A.L.) of California have embarked on a focused and robust effort to lead in both advocacy and direct efforts to ensure that California remains competitive in a global economy and that we guarantee a strong future for the economic and overall well being of our communities, youth and its citizens.


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