IRVINE (July 28, 2010) - Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif made the following statement about the governor’s veto of SB 1121:
“This was the right thing to do for farmers and farm workers alike. This bill would have further burdened agriculture and was likely to hurt the very people it was supposed to aid. Some people in government are more interested in adding regulations than in helping businesses and jobs survive. A bill like SB 1121 would have imposed costs on farmers at a time of economic uncertainly, put farmers at a competitive disadvantage to those in neighboring states and in countries that export to California and jeopardized the ability of farm workers to earn a decent living. This is good news for everyone.”
Western Growers is an 85-year-old agricultural trade association whose members from Arizona and California grow, pack and ship about half of the nation’s fresh produce.