CalChamber Pres. on State Supreme Court Ruling Permitting Private Contracting for Public Projects

SACRAMENTO – California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg released the following statement on today’s California Supreme Court ruling permitting private contracting for public works projects:“This ruling is great news for California commuters and taxpayers. The California Supreme Court has upheld the will of the people, who passed Proposition 35 in 2000 to promote the efficient delivery of public works projects and approved infrastructure bonds in 2006 to increase and accelerate those projects. Among other things, Californians need increased transportation capacity and they want it as quickly and efficiently as possible; today’s ruling will help deliver these results by allowing the use of private sector services to augment public sector capabilities.

“In furtherance of this ruling and Prop 35, we urge the Legislature to send Governor Schwarzenegger legislation to allow the state to use design-build and public-private partnerships on even more projects to be constructed with the 2006 infrastructure bonds so that these important works can be delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible. California demands and deserves no less.”

The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California. Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state. Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, they provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law. CalChamber, a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California’s economy and create jobs. Please visit their website at www.calchamber.com.