Business Roundtable lobbyists wanted 2013 to be the year lawmakers, free of immediate election pressures, would revamp U.S. immigration policy, pass a debt- lowering budget and expedite a pair of trade deals.
When California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom begins meetings in Austin with Hardee’s hamburgers chief Andrew Puzder, local Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bobby Jenkins and Texas Governor Rick Perry , it’s because the most- populous state lingers in a funk, even as the U.S. pulls out of the deepest recession in half a century.
Technology companies want the U.S. to bolster cybersecurity, ease immigration restrictions and let funds held abroad be repatriated, said a group with members including Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc.
California Governor Jerry Brown won support for his deficit-closing package from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group , whose chief urged lawmakers to back the plan. The organization includes Google Inc. and Stanford University.