By Assemblyman Joel Anderson
California’s unemployment rate reached 11.6 percent in June. Not only is this the highest rate since the Great Depression, it also places California as the sixth highest unemployment rate in the nation.
While the national recession can be blamed for rising unemployment across the country, it does not fully explain why our state has ascended to near top of the list.
Consider California’s economic advantages—beautiful weather, abundant natural resources and numerous ports, just to name a few. California should be weathering the economic storm far ahead of other states.
What are other states doing to create jobs and why does California continue to see jobs vanish at a shocking rate?
While Democrats in Sacramento are busy squeezing job-creating businesses with excessive regulations and higher taxes, other states are creating business-friendly environments and aggressively recruiting businesses away from California.
In 2008, more people left California than came here. On the other hand, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona had some of the highest rates of inbound migration in the country.
Why is California losing businesses and employees to other states? Because our government hikes up the cost of operating a business with increasing taxes, fees, and regulations at every opportunity.
Even with last week’s passage of a budget, our state continues to ignore the 800-pound gorilla in the room; our state’s economy will not recover until we do more to promote economic growth and job creation.
If we are going to halt the exodus of jobs from California, we must provide incentives for job-creating businesses to relocate to California and reduce the regulatory and tax burden for businesses in our state.
That is why I co-authored a number of proposals currently in the Legislature that would encourage job creation. Two examples are Assembly Bill 1107 and Senate Bill 187.
Assembly Bill 1107 would require an “economic review of regulations.” After all, regulations are too often approved with no consideration for the cost to California businesses, and the loss of jobs that inevitably follows. This bill would provide vital economic information about regulations, hopefully preventing new burdensome laws that drive business away from California.
Senate Bill 187 would allow employees and employers to mutually agree on a compressed four-day work week, without the requirement of overtime pay (for example, working four 10-hour work days per week). This would enable many businesses to save money and hire additional employees as well as being more employee and family friendly.
Your support is critical for bills such as these to become law. If you want to get California back on track, please call my office so that we can enter your position into the official legislative record. Help me tell Sacramento to pass laws that will create jobs and grow the economy, so that your job doesn’t become another grim statistic.
The Office of Assemblyman Joel Anderson can be reached at 619- 441-2322, or emailed at Assemblymember.Anderson@assembly.ca.gov.
Assemblyman Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon, represents District 77 in the California Legislature. Ramona is among communities in the 77th Assembly District.