State of California Archives: on Jobs

Gavin Newsom: Californians are VIPs of GDP: 1 in 7 new jobs since 2010

Just consider this fact: 1 in 7 new jobs created by the U.S. economy since 2010 has been created right here in California. So when you hear the boasts, bleats, and tweets of Washington politicians tripping over themselves to take credit for the economy, remember the real VIPs of America's GDP--the millions of California workers, investors and entrepreneurs who are actually producing their own California Dreams.
Source: 2020 California State of the State address Feb 19, 2020

Tom Steyer: Automatic deductions ok for political usage of union dues

Source: on California ballot measure voting records Jul 2, 2019

Kevin de Leon: Raise minimum wage

De León was a lead negotiator to secure a $15 minimum wage in California, and then shepherded the legislation through both houses to the Governor's desk. He overcame powerful opposition from Wall Street to create Secure Choice retirement-savings program for California's private-sector low-income workers.
Source: 2018 California Senatorial website Oct 15, 2017

Antonio Villaraigosa: 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

Jerry Brown: 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

Ro Khanna: 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 Nov 8, 2016

Ro Khanna: 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 Nov 8, 2016

Salud Carbajal: 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 Nov 8, 2016

Kevin Faulconer: Only one-sixth of staff are white, heterosexual males

Just one-sixth of his 29 staff members are white, heterosexual males. He founded a nonprofit called One San Diego that raises money for laptops and after-school programs in underprivileged areas. A booming economy has allowed Faulconer to add community-center hours across the city as well as to break ground on a $13 million new library in a low-income neighborhood. He also makes most of his major announcements in communities of color.
Source: The Atlantic Magazine on 2021 California recall race Jan 3, 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

Ted Lieu: 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, Oct 10, 2014

Jerry Brown: 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

Jerry Brown: 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

Jerry Brown: 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

Arnold Schwarzenegger: $500M jobs package, plus $10K homebuyer tax credits

Source: California 2010 State of the State Address Jan 6, 2010

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