Democrats need to get behind jobs billsFeather Publishing4/21/2010
A bill to simply require state agencies to weigh the impacts of new regulations on California jobs and post the information online was effectively killed by Democrats April 17, on a party-line vote in its first committee hearing.
"After meeting with countless business owners who have left California for other states, we know that costly state regulations are driving jobs away. We've essentially handed the power to impose crippling state regulations over to bureaucrats who have never run a business or created a job in their life," said Assemblyman Dan Logue (R - Linda).
"Requiring an independent analysis of state regulations for their impact on jobs would have gone a long way to stop the flow of jobs outside California. Unfortunately, the majority party in Sacramento joined with unions again in crushing a bill meant to protect small businesses and restore our economy."
Assembly Bill 1833 (Logue and Garrick) would require state agencies to first conduct an independent economic analysis of a proposed new or revised state regulation before its adoption.
Representatives of California job creators testified in committee that passing this much-needed reform would ensure state officials fully consider the impact proposed new state regulations would have on jobs and the economy before adoption.
This bill is one of 17 common-sense reforms to spur job growth and stimulate the economy included in the Assembly Republicans "California Jobs First" package. It was the first GOP jobs bill presented in a committee to be killed on party lines.
If passed, the Republican measures would suspend or delay many irrational regulations, lower the costs of doing business in the state and provide incentives to encourage job retention and creation.
"California has 2.26 million unemployed, over 12.5 percent of our population. Democrats should be joining with Republicans to remove barriers imposed by state government that are driving jobs out of California," said Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick of Carlsbad.
"Californians are tired of lip service from the majority party on jobs. Lawmakers can't just rely on government and 'green' jobs to spur a recovery. California needs small business and private-sector jobs if we're going to get people back to work."
Assembly Republicans have begun a 100-day countdown for the Legislature to take action on the budget and jobs. On the very day they rejected a Republican bill to encourage economic growth, Democrats have just 86 days left until the end of the fiscal year, June 30, to work across party lines and pass a responsible balanced budget and pro-jobs legislation that will spur job creation.