Republicans Committed to Putting California Jobs First

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

SACRAMENTO - Senate Republicans today reaffirmed their commitment to a pro-jobs legislative package in 2010 to create private-sector jobs.  Following a meeting with business leaders and representatives of California's major job sectors, Republican legislators stood with small business owners to discuss the importance of putting California Jobs First in 2010.

Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta), Republican Leader—"For years, Republicans have been asking the Democrat leadership to join us in supporting economic policies that create jobs, unfortunately they have been doing the exact opposite," said Hollingsworth.   "Small business growth is the only way we are going to survive this recession.  More and bigger government is not, nor should it be the answer to our problems.  It's outrageous that anyone would propose new taxes on businesses and families in the middle of a recession."

Republicans today announced that they will introduce job creating measures and economic reforms this year that encompass the following principles:

  • First, Stop California Jobs from Leaving
  • Restore California's Competitive Job Creation Climate
  • Cut Government Spending and Bureaucracy in the Budget
  • Initiate Regulatory Review and Relief
  • End Frivolous Lawsuits That Are a Full Employment Act for Attorneys

Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Senate Republican Leader-Elect - "We are hearing examples like these of government policies stifling job growth up and down the state," said Senator Dutton.  "Lawmakers in Sacramento need to realize that small businesses can't afford for them to continue to block sensible Republican bills to enact regulatory relief, reform our broken legal system and encourage job growth.  The Legislature needs to come together behind a sensible and comprehensive pro-jobs package."

Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), Senate Republican Caucus Chair - "With over 2.25 million Californians out of work, the state must do all it can to review and eliminate regulations that harm job creation and hurt retention. I have introduced Senate Bill 1004 that will cut back some of the onerous red-tape imposed on California's car dealerships.  This is an industry that employs over 150,000 people and paid close to $6 billion dollars in sales tax and has just come off its worst year since 1975," stated Senator Bob Huff.

Senator Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach), Republican Whip -- "California has become a toxic environment for business.  Restrictions, regulations, taxes and other policies bombard business with little coordination or concern for their overall impact.  I have introduced Senate Bill 954, the Jobs Protection Act to stop the state’s haphazard approach to business.  It will require any bill that has an economic impact on California business to be sent to an existing joint committee for the preparation of an economic impact analysis and hearing.

I believe we need a coordinated approach to the rules and regulations governing our businesses.  As it is now, the legislature does not consider the total impact of all the different measures passed and that has had dire consequences for our job market."

Senator Jeff Denham (R-Merced) - "I, and my Senate Republicans colleagues, will work hard to continue to fight for policies that will limit government interference in the industries upon which our economy is built.  We will fight to level the playing field to promote entrepreneurship and investment in our state.  We will fight to prioritize every taxpayer dollar to ensure that there are jobs available for California's families," said Denham.

Senator George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) - "All of a sudden, 'creating jobs' has become the rhetoric du jour for liberals who have spent political careers derailing the free market.

"But rhetoric does not create jobs. The small businesses and entrepreneurs who fuel the market create jobs. It's time to cool the rhetoric and make tangible changes to remove the hurdles that are killing California jobs."

Senator Sam Aanestad (R-Grass Valley) -“The State Capitol is filled with a number of different and conflicting interests. What we do not have is a common interest. New job and business creation should be our first order of business. We need to put people and families first.”