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California Retailers Association Responds to State Budget Proposal

Sacramento, CA – The following statement can be attributed to Rachel Michelin, President and CEO, California Retailers Association.

“CRA applauds Governor Gavin Newsom for recognizing in his 2023-2024 state budget proposal the importance of supporting business in uncertain economic times including the prioritization of protecting the safety of retail employees, customers and neighborhoods from growing organized retail crime and retail theft rings.

We were proud to work with the Governor last year on his Real Public Safety Plan, which included funding for the ORC Taskforces, increased the number of task forces from three to five, included funding for dedicated ORC prosecutors for each task force and established local law enforcement grants for retail theft.

Retailers stand ready to work with the Administration in continuing to promote a healthy business climate while addressing important issues facing the state.”

The California Retailers Association is the only statewide trade association representing all segments of the retail industry including general merchandise, department stores, mass merchandisers, online markets, convenience stores, supermarkets and grocery stores, chain drug and specialty retail such as auto, vision, jewelry, hardware and home stores. CRA’s mission is to promote, preserve and enhance the retail industry in California by taking significant leadership positions in development of public policy and regulatory measures that impact members and the business climate in California. For more information visit the CRA website at  

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