California is the sixth largest economy in the world. With seemingly boundless economic diversity across industries, we still have 15% of our population living below the poverty line ($24,000 for a family of 4). In both the African American and Native American communities, the poverty rate exceeds 22%.
We can reward employers who, instead of moving out of state, choose to stay and employ our talented workforce. Offer discounted state fees and/or taxes to help offset any savings they might have gained from moving their business out of California.
Create robust job re-training programs to meet the needs of the burgeoning clean-energy jobs of the future. Assure trade schools and community colleges are prepared to deliver graduates ready to step into sustainable, high-paying jobs of this new economy.
California must prevent the privatization of government services and outsourcing of public sector jobs.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and job creation. We need to assure small business owners have access to capital and cut excessive red tape and regulation.