California has been passing massive environmental regulations based on all the phony “science” about “human caused global warming” over the last couple of years. This regulation is on top of two decades worth of other junk science environmental regulation.
The result has been that in order for my customers to continue operating they must replace almost all of their perfectly good equipment at a cost of 10’s of thousands of dollars.
They are all operating on a very tight budget as a result of the last 2 years of recession and have only survived by keeping their expenses to a minimum and trying to hang on until times improve.
Completely replacing all their delivery trucks, bucket loaders and forklifts right now just to stay compliant with the new law (AB-32) that begins implementation this month is just not an option.
Most have already depleted their resources just surviving, they hoped that our State would vote for a temporary delay in the implementation of this law that was on the November ballot. The ballot measure simply said that until the State unemployment rate was back down to where it was when the law in question (AB-32) was passed, implementation would be delayed.
The voters rejected this measure, that was the last shot these businesses had to survive. Most are now regretting the spending of all their capital keeping their doors open on the hope that California voters would not cut their own throats.
Once again we have proved that we are the dumbest collection of self destructive buffoons on the planet.
I own a trucking business, not much of one anymore as I am down to operating only one truck that I drive myself. I supply these customers who are the retailers that sell bulk materials to the public and the building contractors in their respective areas.
The tighter finances get for homeowners the less these businesses sell to the public, likewise the worse the economy gets the fewer projects contractors get where they need these materials.
My business is only doing 28 percent of what I did in 2006, I have lost about 1/3 of my demand per year between 2007 and 2011. That has been the result of several customers going out of business and most of the survivors having much less demand.
There is a delay in the implementation of this bogus law for any company with less than 5 qualified pieces of equipment. I sold my skip loader and some other equipment that I could not find work for anyway so I am under the 5 unit barrier. That means I have 3 extra years to replace my truck to get in compliance. My customers do not have this option, they cannot run a retail bulk materials business with less that 5 pieces of equipment.
It will not be possible for me to comply if I am still only working the equivalent of 3 months per year in 2014, at the rate my customers are failing I doubt I will have even that much this year.
Even before this destructive law that is retroactive to all equipment manufactured before 2004 the regulations in California were very expensive and punitive to businesses. We were experiencing a mass exodus of business from California even before this recent recession and round of Enviro-Nazi laws.
The only solution is to stop allowing drug addict hippies with their junk science religion of Enviro-Nazism to write our laws and abolish the garbage they have passed to date.
In other words, we have little to no hope.
Even with our private sector tax base decimated to the point that our State budget is 28 billion dollars in debt and all our schools, law enforcement agencies and state services are fighting for scraps the voters still won’t give an inch.
Several of our cities have declared bankruptcy and many more are on the brink as the State takes the local portion of the Property tax revenue to mask some of their own issues, leaving cities and counties even worse off than they would have been from just the recession.
Add to this Trillions of dollars in unfunded pension obligations to the Public Employee Unions and you would think sheer terror on the part of Union leadership would convert them to the most Pro-Industry group in California out of self interest.
But we are just not that smart, we keep attacking and destroying the only thing that can fund our way out of this mess.
A strong private sector tax base is the solution, 58 percent of our voting public wants to completely decimate this sector.
They have succeeded.