California’s environmental regulations and procedures have become so cumbersome that they hurt businesses, key industries such as heavy construction and our ailing economy.
Over the years, California has implemented regulations without weighing their full impact on the state—mandates that significantly raise compliance costs and have little correlating public benefit. Precious tax dollars are unnecessarily spent to exceed laws that are already the toughest in the nation in protecting our air and water.
Excessive implementation costs drain the public and private sector’s limited economic resources and delay much-needed public works projects such as maintaining roads, bridges and highways. Further adding to the costs and delays are the legal challenges that can be easily launched without merit to stall or prevent a project from going forward.
Protecting our environment should be an important part of our economic and policy decision-making processes. But with limited resources, we must take a balanced approach that considers environmental benefits as well as costs to taxpayers. California needs environmental reform now to move forward in an economically and environmentally sound manner.