A Little Less Talk and A Lot More Action…


I had the privilege of serving on the community interview panel for the Shasta County CEO position in late 2019. Our panel unanimously recommended Matt Pontes to the Board of Supervisors consideration. See Matt Pontes’ bio HERE. They agreed with our choice and Mr. Pontes’ first day was January 27, 2020. He arrived with a full […]

Treasury's ARPA Tax Mandate Limits State Recovery Efforts


Tom Wickham With the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) earlier this year, $350 billion in financial aid was extended to all 50 states at the statewide, county, and metropolitan level. This aid was offered with the intention that it would be used flexibly to enable states and localities to use those funds […]

Legislature Passes Budget, Clearing the Way for Real Budget Negotiations

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The Legislature fulfilled its constitutional obligation this week by approving a state budget just ahead of the June 15 deadline. But meeting the formal requirement is merely an intermediate step in negotiations to finalize the comprehensive state spending authority. The biggest obstacle to a final agreement is the haggling required to satisfy political and policy […]

New Report Finds Construction Contractors Struggling to Find Workers, Building Materials

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Thaddeus Swanek The Q2 2021 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index (CCI), released today, found that commercial construction contractors are gradually growing more optimistic. This quarter, the CCI rose three points to 65. The CCI’s three leading indicators—revenue expectations, confidence in new business opportunities, and level of backlog—all improved this quarter reaching scores of […]

Supporting LGBT Businesses During Pride Month and Beyond

Justin Nelson Chance E. Mitchell As the business voice of the LGBT community, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses. The LGBT business owners that NGLCC represents generate over $1.7 trillion in […]