No. 67: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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67. Rob Lapsley

The California Business Roundtable is a nonprofit, pro-business group with specialties in research and strategy, and keeps its finger on the pulse of the business community. It has a lower public profile than the California Chamber of Commerce or California’s chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, but it is a significant player in the Capitol community, and has been for years. The Roundtable is headed by Rob Lapsley, an Air Force veteran and the former political director of the Chamber of Commerce, so he knows well the Capitol’s political wars. In the last statewide election, CBR’s positions largely reflected Republlican values — it opposed dismantling the tax-cutting Proposition 13 of 1978, backed restricting parole for nonviolent offenders, supported giving certain property owners tax breaks in purchasing replacement property, opposed local rent control and favored keeping the cash bail system. Lapsley served as chief of staff to former California Secretary of State Bill Jones, one of California’s last Republican statewide officeholders.

Updated Aug. 25, 2o21

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