State of California Archives: on Jobs
Union organizer but disagrees with teachers unions
A former union organizer who went on to become speaker of the state Assembly and a mayor, Villaraigosa has long criticized the state's lack of education spending. However, over decades of working on education policy, at times bitterly
at odds with teachers unions, he said, "We can't be afraid of innovation. We can't be saying 'no' to technology. We can't keep on making excuses for the lack of success."
Source: Sacramento Bee on 2018 California gubernatorial race
Feb 1, 2017
Raised minimum wage and reduced unemployment
As I reread proposals set forth in six previous State of the State speeches, I was amazed to see how much we have accomplished together. We have:
And during the last seven years, California has reduced the unemployment rate from 12.1 percent to 5.2 percent and created almost 2.5 million jobs. And that's not all.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to California Legislature
Jan 24, 2017
- Increased--by tens of billions--support for our public schools and universities.
Provided health insurance to over five million more Californians.
- Raised the minimum wage.
- Reduced prison overcrowding and reformed our system of crime and punishment.
Made California a world leader in the fight against climate change.
- Passed a water bond.
- Built up a rainy day fund.
- And closed a huge $27 billion deficit.
Make it easier to file equal-pay lawsuits
I am committed to ensuring that women are treated fairly and have an equal opportunity to build a strong economic future for themselves and their families. Having successful women in every sector of the economy moves America forward--bolstering our
position as a social and economic leader in the 21st century.
Occupational segregation exists in many sectors. Women are egregiously underrepresented in top positions at our leading companies. Only 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
We should spotlight the companies that are dedicated to hiring women and helping women ascend the corporate ladder.
We should make it easier for women to report wage discrimination and to file equal-pay lawsuits so that employers are
held accountable. The federal government should provide resources to workers and businesses about how to report wage discrimination, and all businesses should be mandated to post the guidelines where they are accessible to all employees.
Source: 2016 California House campaign website RoKhanna.com
Nov 8, 2016
Raise the minimum wage to $15
A higher minimum wage tied to inflation is essential for growing the middle class and for America's economic prosperity. Congress has never provided an automatic adjustment for inflation, and the minimum wage's real value has steeply declined.
Boosting the minimum wage will help restore consumer spending and generate business growth.
We should raise the minimum wage to $15--what it would be if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years--and index it to inflation thereafter.
In the Bay Area where the cost of living is especially high, it is essential for workers to have a baseline of economic security so they can provide for themselves and their families. I am encouraged to see that raising the minimum wage
is gaining bipartisan support and I am committed to working with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to make sure people working full-time in minimum wage jobs can support their families.
Source: 2016 California House campaign website RoKhanna.com
Nov 8, 2016
Raise minimum wage, so full time work is not poverty
No one who works full time should live in poverty. We have to create more opportunities for people to lift themselves into the middle class and stay there. That's why I will fight to raise the federal minimum wage.
I will work across party lines to bring good paying jobs to the Central Coast through investing in our infrastructure, encouraging clean energy development, and embracing new technology.
Source: 2016 California House campaign website SaludCarbajal.com
Nov 8, 2016
Tom Del Beccaro:
$15 mandated wages results in lower employment
California Democrats passed a statewide minimum wage increase. Next up, a bill mandating increased overtime pay for workers.
Perhaps a minimum wage of $15 won't terribly affect San Francisco. But in a place where unemployment already is so high, like
Mendota, or Huron or other Central Valley towns like them where unemployment is above 20%, higher mandated wages will directly result in even lower employment. You see, the more something costs, the less of it is acquired.
That basic law of economics applies to cars and jobs alike.
The same day they voted to raise the minimum wage, five Democratic lawmakers received big campaign checks from the SEIU, the group that pressured lawmakers for the wage bill.
Why would the government union do that? That's easy--the minimum wage boost will result in $3.6 billion a year in increased wages for the public employee union workers--none of whom will lose their jobs because they are immune from market forces.
Source: Forbes Magazine OpEd on 2016 California Senate race
Jan 14, 2015
Focus on job creation & raising the minimum wage
As the son of hard-working immigrants who achieved the American Dream, I am committed to strengthening the middle class by focusing on job creation, raising the minimum wage, making higher education more affordable and helping workers save for retirement
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, TedLieu.com
Oct 10, 2014
- SB 1402, called a "Job Creator" by the California Chamber of Commerce, updated and extended a program that helps business develop its workforce. (Author, Chapter 361, Statutes of 2012).
- SB 118 implemented a "sector strategies" approach to
workforce development by requiring the state's jobs plan to train today's workers for sustainable and in demand jobs. (Author, Chapter 562, Statutes of 2013)
- AB 650 required employers to notify their employees they may be eligible for the earned
income tax credit. (Author, Chapter 606, Statutes of 2007)
- AB 1412 & SB 209 reversed a retroactive tax imposed by the Franchise Tax Board on entrepreneurs and small business investors. (Author, Chapters 545 & 546, Statutes of 2013)
Extend unemployment benefits federally
Brown has expressed concerns that tens of thousands of Californians without jobs could soon lose their unemployment benefits, under a new bipartisan budget deal reached in Washington.
The governor sent a letter to congressional leaders late last week urging them to extend benefits for those who have been unable to find work. "These workers will suffer irreparable harm if these federal benefits are allowed to expire,"
Brown wrote, noting that more than 214,000 Californians could see their benefits expire.
Brown also noted the "severe federal underfunding" of the state's unemployment insurance program, which the governor blamed for delays in workers receiving their unemployment checks.
Source: Los Angeles Times on 2014 California Governor race
Dec 16, 2013
Recover from Great Recession: GoBiz and Jobs Hiring Credit
California lost 1.3 million jobs in the Great Recession but we are coming back at a faster pace than the national average. The new Office of Business and Economic Development-- GoBiz--directly assisted more than 5,000 companies this past year.
This year, we should change both the Enterprise Zone Program and the Jobs Hiring Credit. They aren't working. We also need to streamline our regulatory procedures, particularly the California Environmental Quality Ac, based more on consistent standards.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature
Jan 24, 2013
Strip away regulations that prevent job creation
At a time when more than 2 million Californians are out of work, we must search out and strip away any accumulated burdens or unreasonable regulations that stand in the way of investment and job creation. But let's not forget that Job #1--make no mistake
about it--is fixing our state budget and getting our spending in line with our revenue. Once we do that, the rest will be easy--at least easier because we will have learned to work together and earned back the respect and trust of the people we serve.
Source: 2011 California State of the State Address
Jan 31, 2011
$500M jobs package, plus $10K homebuyer tax credits
There are four proposals to spur job growth that I will introduce.
Source: California 2010 State of the State Address
Jan 6, 2010
- First, you will receive a $500 million jobs package that we estimate could train up to 140,000 workers and help create 100,000 jobs.
- Second, you will receive a measure to
streamline the permitting of construction jobs that already have a completed environmental report.
- Third, to stimulate other construction jobs, you will receive a proposal for homebuyer tax credits of up to $10,000 for the purchase of new or existing
- Fourth, since we want California to be the dynamo of green technology, I ask you to pass our proposal exempting the purchase of green-tech manufacturing equipment from the sales tax. That too means jobs. Those are jobs for the new economy.
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