News You Need to Know in Two Minutes
If you’re a restaurant that qualified for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant but didn’t get one, you’re not alone. That’s true for tens of thousands of restaurants in California and hundreds of thousands around the country. And, not surprisingly, new data shows that those who were left out of getting help from that fund are struggling, especially because of the current impacts of the omicron variant of COVID-19. You can get a clearer picture of the situation by watching Sabrina’s video, but be sure to click here to tell Congress to replenish the RRF.
Last summer, we helped defeat AB 257, the bill that aims to
create an entirely new government entity, a “government council”
made up of unelected, unaccountable political appointees. This
council would have the authority to make labor law for
counter-service restaurants with more than 30 locations
nationwide, but proponents of this idea have already said that if
they are successful, they will expand the law throughout the
restaurant industry and to other industries as well.
At the CRA’s urging, Governor Newsom has proposed tax fairness
for restaurants who received grants from the federal government’s
Restaurant Revitalization Fund, along with a partial paydown of
the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) debt. Neither of these
measures will be official until the state legislature passes the
governor’s budget proposal.