Some folks, including Governor Brown are claiming that jobs grew in California. Brown said, “Two million new jobs have been created and unemployment has dropped in half.” (Since 2011). He said this in his record 14th State of the State address, adding: “Of course, the global recovery has a lot to do with that. So, we should applaud, but we can’t control it, too.”
What troubles me, and should trouble everyone is that the poverty rate in California is at 16.4% (according to the most recent census data from 2014, up from 12.4% in 2007.)
Now, when you add in the cost of living (California taxes, high cost of gas and food), you discover that the real rate of poverty is over 20%! (See some links below). Brown discusses 2 million new farm jobs, but these must be low wage jobs otherwise why the increase in poverty? We need to find ways to encourage the creation of high paying jobs. What we are doing must change. If we keep trying the same old career politicians, we are going to get the same results. And our families cannot afford doing the same things over and over. Having poverty increase means our government is a failure.
Here are some ideas I would suggest in Sacramento when I am elected to office.
Good Paying Job Creation. And no, this is not just raising the minimum wage. It sounds good, but in reality the minimum wage hike on small businesses (overall) will hurt workers and small businesses. Some will win while most lose. Read up on Seattle’s situation.
So what do we do? Get Smart.
How about tightening student loans to schools in California to only those schools that can prove they get our graduates jobs? How about the state allowing people to take student loans to become an electrician? To become a dental assistant? A legal assistant? A certified car mechanic? What about more trade schools for computer training? Silicon Valley wants to outsource our jobs to India (and they are, believe me, I see it firsthand). Why don’t we give incentives for more people to go to say a 6 month computer training class (from home)? Gives companies incentives to hire these new IT workers rather than outsource our jobs? It can be done with today’s technology but we need to encourage high-speed internet, and I mean hi-speed real-time video quality internet. We need this more than we need a high-speed bullet train. We need to work with our high schools, colleges and local community to give the right incentives. In order to do that we need to elect people to office who understand jobs, not career politicians like a 16 year mayor Randy Voepel. Listen to for yourself below at his own words as why he’s running.
Vote for Tony Teora in 2016 for California State Assembly.