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Cities, Business Groups Speak Out On Big Box Bill

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 9:46am

California city officials and business groups are urging Governor Jerry Brown to reject a bill on his desk they say unfairly targets so-called “big box” stores like Wal-Mart.

The bill would require retailers like Wal-Mart, to pay for an economic impact report before they can move ahead with a new store. Chris McKenzie is the Executive Director of the League of California Cities. He says the measure is unfair and kills opportunities to create new jobs.

“SB 469 requires superstores to submit to a 17-point economic impact analysis but does not require membership stores, department stores, grocery chains and shopping malls and other large projects with similar impacts to submit to the same report,” said McKenzie.

Democratic State Senator Juan Vargas wrote the bill and calls it the “Small and Neighborhood Business Protection Act”. He argues such supercenters can hurt business districts.

Governor Brown has until October ninth to sign or veto this and hundreds of bills on his desk.

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