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We scan major news sources* and compile selected articles to keep you up-to-date on​ current issues affecting California business - the economy, health care, environment, transportation and more.

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    California was identified as the No. 2 “Judicial Hellhole” in the nation, after two years of taking the No. 1 spot, in the latest ranking of the “most unfair” civil litigation courts by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF). http://www.calchamber.com/Headlines/Pages/12192014-California-Ranks-as-No-2-Judicial-Hellhole.aspx

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​Human Resources / Health & Safety

    California’s problem is too big to address with simple changes to the base taxable income, or with benefit cuts, the California Chamber of Commerce said in its own analysis.Orange County Register

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has once again adopted a rule designed to speed up the union-election process and to streamline the process for resolving representation disputes — often referred to as the “quickie election” rule or the “ambush election” rule. HR Watchdog

    For the first time the federal government is punishing hospitals with high rates of infections and complications by reducing payments, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.Southern California Public Radio

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​​Environmental / Agriculture

​​International

    Positioning California to attract a growing share of China’s massive foreign investment pool and bolstering California-China trade, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the Bay Area Council today announced the hiring of Ken Petrilla as the new Executive Director of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment.Imperial Valley News

    Rice producers in southern states and California are hoping to resume exports to Cuba for the first time since 2008, according to the USA Rice Federation.The Washington Times

    China’s 2014 gross domestic product will be calculated using the new methodology when the full-year results are released next month.The Wall Street Journal

​Infrastructure / Education

    The Obama administration will spell out an ambitious college-rating plan on Friday that introduces new metrics to judge the nation’s roughly 5,000 colleges and universities at a time when student debt is hamstringing the U.S. economy and the efficiency of the higher-education sector is in question.The Wall Street Journal

    Labor, finance and the California Chamber of Commerce are also represented.California Economic Summit

    California took new action Thursday to speed up the spread of plug-in electric vehicles, adding financial perks for car owners and inviting regulated utilities to invest in car charging infrastructure.UT San Diego

​​Opinion / Editorial

    According to the California Chamber of Commerce, US companies face a $1 billion tax hike in the New Year thanks to Congressional inaction on a key trade program.Gordon M. Webster in The Business Journal

    Potentially, we face a crippling shortage of workers for a technology-heavy economy, but the four-year schools are just about maxed out and their costs have been soaring.Dan Walters in The Sacramento Bee

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