Senate Republicans want to help hardworking individuals reach their goals. With a focus on programs that foster job creation, develop our workforce, and support small businesses, Senate Republicans believe that Californians can succeed.
Senate Republicans fought to ensure opportunity for working Californians.
While unemployment numbers have declined statewide, California’s economic recovery has been uneven and there are still many who are jobless.
Our statewide unemployment rate may have been 5.5% in July 2016, but unemployment in inland California, particularly in rural areas, was much higher. For example, Bakersfield stood at 10.5%, Fresno at 9.3%, Modesto at 8.9%, Stockton at 8.4%, and Salinas at 6.1% in July.
Despite these dismal numbers, the majority party pursued legislation that will only make it more difficult for job-creators in these areas to succeed. These proposals included a minimum wage increase and singling out the agriculture industry for overtime requirements that will hurt employers and their workers.
The flawed, one-size-fits-all approach to increasing the minimum wage presents yet another jobs roadblock for a very large number of California communities.
And a mandate that California’s agricultural sector comply with overtime (after 8 hours of work in a day or 40 in a week) and meal and rest period requirements is projected to hurt both farmers and farm workers. Under AB 1066 (Gonzalez), workers could face reduced hours or even layoffs, and farmers will have a competitive disadvantage compared to out-of-state agricultural producers.
Instead of passing these job-killing policies, Senate Republicans believe we should start to address California’s high energy costs, housing costs, and other cost drivers that make it a struggle to afford to live in this state.
Senate Republicans want to be sure we get the new economy right.
California continues to be at the center of climate policy discussion and it is important that we get it right.
Republicans share in the goals of clean air and reduced emissions, and support reasonable means to achieve these goals. But we cannot ignore the impacts and costs to Californians.
Unfortunately, in the last days of this year’s session the legislature passed SB 32 (Pavley), which doubles down on misguided policy that is projected to cause job losses, hurt families’ pocketbooks, and hinder our economy.
We have already seen policies like this drive away good paying jobs in rural areas of California that have high unemployment.
In addition to making our case against job-crushing policies like SB 32, Senate Republicans have kept watch over an executive branch that has demonstrated a desire to abuse its power.
Earlier this year, Governor Brown attempted an illegal end run around the legislative process by ordering the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to draft regulations extending and enhancing the cap-and-trade program.
Senate Republicans held our state government accountable on that order by challenging the governor’s authority with the legal backing of the Office of Legislative Counsel, that concluded any attempt by Governor Brown and the ARB to set new emissions caps and extend cap-and-trade without legislative action is illegal.