|The Senator Reports
||June 25th, 2009|
California's Focus Should Be on Job Creation
By Senator Mark Wyland
Considering that California's unemployment rate last May reached 11.5%, it is clear what the Legislature's top priority should be: immediately crafting and implementing a budget that promotes and advances job creation.
California is losing jobs to other states that offer business-friendly tax packages. The classic example is Intel Corporation, who last February committed to spending $7 billion over two years in Arizona, Oregon and New Mexico, creating 7,000 jobs in those states. It's evident that business like Intel, small and large alike, don't want to invest in California because of heavy tax burdens.
The broken budget process in California does not allow legislators to explore the implications of the economic (and thus job creation) future of our state at a time when so many important businesses are no longer investing in California. I hope the Legislature gets its act together and reforms our budget process before we lose even more jobs.
Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes cities in north San Diego County and the south Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Senator Mark Wyland
1910 Palomar Point Way, Suite 105
Carlsbad, California 92008
Budget Revision Plan Unveiled
By Assemblyman Martin Garrick
Californians made it clear on May 19 that they don’t want their taxes raised, period. They want the Legislature to make the tough budget choices and they want state government to live within its means. However, it appears that Democrats are refusing to listen to the people.
Last week, the Budget Conference Committee released its budget revision. Unfortunately, the plan avoided making the tough budget cuts and instead included a myriad of different taxes – including an $800 million gas tax increase.
Despite a promise by the Governor to veto the plan, Democrats have pushed forward with their plan
Assemblyman Martin Garrick serves the communities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Vista, and portions of San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside as the Assemblyman for the 74th District.