Governor and Democrats Join Senate Republicans to 'Keep California Working'

SACRAMENTO – Thanks to bipartisan efforts, struggling small businesses and non-profits received a much-needed boost today. Senate Republicans are pleased that Senate Democrats joined them in passing an early action budget measure that will provide more than $2 billion in immediate economic relief to job creators and non-profits that have been affected by the state’s confusing closing and re-opening guidelines. Members of the California Senate Republican Caucus are principal co-authors of Senate Bill 87.

SB 87 stemmed from the measure “Keep California Working Act” (SB 74) introduced by Republican Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) in December. Legislative Democrats agreed to include some of the proposals from SB 74 in today’s budget bill.

“Every legislator could tell a personal story about a business that has shuttered its doors permanently because of the state’s confusing guidelines. California has already lost more than 19,000 businesses or non-profits because of the state’s confusing guidelines and many more are in precarious situations. This won’t undo the damage caused by the shutdowns, but it will provide a definite boost in the arm for our job creators and non-profits,” said Wilk. “Thanks to Senator Borgeas for his leadership and tireless efforts to unite the business community and the legislature to ‘Keep California Working.’ A win for bipartisanship is a win for our small business community because good ideas shouldn’t have party lines.”