State of California secondary Archives: on Jobs

Barbara Boxer: TV ad: Fiorina fired thousands and moved their jobs to China

Boxer and Fiorina both began airing new ads this week in their hard-fought contest. Boxer's ad is the latest in a series of spots critical of layoffs and the relocation of jobs overseas during Fiorina's tenure as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard.

The new ad features four workers who say they were fired from H-P while Fiorina earned millions of dollars in compensation. One former employee says some of the American jobs eliminated were moved to China: "We even had to train our replacements."

"Fiorina never cared about our jobs--not then and not now," one of the workers says in conclusion.

A spokeswoman for Fiorina described the accusations in the ad as "outlandish, hypocritical" and "completely illogical," and questioned whether the workers featured in the ad had traveled overseas to train their replacements. In light of Boxer's criticisms, Fiorina has also suggested that Boxer return contributions from companies that have laid off workers or moved American jobs overseas.

Source: Los Angeles Times coverage of 2010 CA Senate Debate Oct 20, 2010

Doug Ose: Repeal law that employers provide benefits to more workers

[On Assembly Bill 5]: "I think we need to get our schools open, I think we need to get our businesses open, I think we need to tackle homelessness and drug addiction and mental illness that is so prevalent there. I think we need to repeal AB 5," he added, referring to the 2019 law known as Assembly Bill 5 that directs employers to provide benefits to more workers.
Source: Sacramento Bee on 2021 CA recall race Mar 16, 2021

Doug Ose: Opposed higher minimum wage; base income on productivity

Ose was a community activist and a leader of the Citrus Heights incorporation effort before running for former Rep. Vic Fazio's seat in 1998. Ose, then 43, owned duplex and mini-storage buildings. He opposed a higher minimum wage, arguing income should be based on productivity--and is not a government entitlement. "I'll work to hold government accountable for the money it spends, eliminate wasteful spending and make sure that taxpayers get their money's worth," he said during the campaign.
Source: Sacramento Bee on 2021 CA recall race Jan 23, 2018

Elizabeth Emken: Public unions have too much political influence

Q: Which special interests in Washington have too much power? Explain.

Elizabeth Emken: I'm concerned about public union influence, which constitutes three of the top five federal political campaign donors. Union dues provide deep pockets to support politicians who in turn support increasing the size of government and more union jobs.

Source: Sacramento Bee Voter Guide: 2012 CA Senate debate May 31, 2012

Jimmy Gomez: Raise the national minimum wage

The economic recovery from the Great Recession has yet to reach many Californians, that's why Jimmy supports investments in infrastructure, training, and education to create job opportunities in new industries available to all Californians. Jobs created must also pay a livable wage. Jimmy supported the $15 California minimum wage and is committed to raising the national minimum wage, and securing worker protections under attack by the Trump Administration.
Source: 2017 CA House campaign website, Jun 6, 2017

Jimmy Gomez: Equal pay for equal work & Paycheck Fairness Act

Jimmy supports equal pay for equal work, the Paycheck Fairness Act and will fight the GOP's war against women and access to health care. Jimmy supports rigorous enforcement of Title IX, expanding STEM education programs that confront violence against women, and foreign policies that help women break through social, legal and economic barriers throughout the world.
Source: 2017 CA House campaign website, Jun 6, 2017

John Cox: The real, true minimum wage should be zero

Businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in the 2018 governor's race, appeared to endorse eliminating the state's minimum wage law. "The real, true minimum wage... should be zero. It should be set between the employer and the employee," Cox said at one point.
Source: Associated Press on 2021 CA recall race Aug 5, 2021

Kevin Faulconer: Make fixing unemployment system top technology project

State auditor Elaine Howle has reported that the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic left the department in disarray, handing out unemployment benefits to fraudsters while delaying payments to legitimate claimants. Faulconer outlined his three-point plan for reforming the EDD:
Source: Times of San Diego on 2021 CA recall race Mar 26, 2021

Laura Smith: Coordinate employment assistance program with businesses

There are those who devastation has befallen them on varying levels and for various reasons, but who desire to work to get back on their feet as contributing members of society. An employment assistance program coordinated with local businesses willing to provide skills training and trade industry education would allow people to provide for themselves once again. As Governor, I will help those who desire to do right by becoming productive members of California.
Source: 2022 CA Governor campaign site Aug 2, 2021

Lily Zhou: Doesn't believe in minimum wage: you must acquire skills

I came here with nothing. I wanted to inspire a lot of underprivileged people to develop the talent and earn it and earn it. I'll help them to earn it, to get there. Because I don't believe in minimum wage because I believe they should get paid more than minimum wage, but do they have the required skill to be that indispensable to a business owner. Because if you do well, no reason for a business owner not to give you a raise. So if I give you a raise, then how could you be having no income?
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune on 2022 CA Senate race Jan 9, 2020

Mitt Romney: Bain Capital created thousands of jobs during my time there

Q: Some critics say your private-sector experience consisted of being "a buyout specialist."

A: Well, not terribly accurate.

Q: Bain Capital, a company you helped to form, among other things, often buys up companies, strips them down, gets them ready resells them at a net job loss to American workers.

A: You know, that might be how some people would like to characterize what we did, but in fact, we started businesses at Bain Capital, and when we acquired businesses, in each case we tried to make them bigger, make them more successful and grow. The idea that somehow you can strip things down and it makes them more valuable is not a real effective investment strategy. We tried to make these businesses more successful. By the way, they didn't all work. But during the years I was there, we added tens of thousands of jobs to the businesses we helped support. That experience, succeeding, failing, competing around the world, is what gives me the capacity to help get this economy going again.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

Mitt Romney: America is an extraordinary jobs machine

Q: Is there a crisis of confidence in the US right now?

ROMNEY: Oh, absolutely. People are convinced that we're going to go into another recession. I sure hope we don't. People are worried about whether they can make their bills at the end of the month A lot of folks have stopped looking for work. We have a crisis in confidence in part because we have an absence of leadership.

I put together an outline of what it takes to get America back on the right track. It's a whole series of changes that have to occur, from energy policy, to tax policy, regulatory policy, changes in our trade policies.

We've got to change the way we're structured economically if we want to get people back to work in this country and keep America as we've always been, this extraordinary job machine. We can be the best place in the world to be in the middle class again, with jobs plentiful for our kids and for each one of us that are looking for those jobs today. I know how to do that. And that's why I'm in this race.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

Nanette Barragan: Raise minimum wage & demand pay equity for women

No one who works full-time--often at more than one job--should struggle to put food on the table. Right now the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. A full-time minimum wage employee earns $15,080 annually. In 2012, the poverty threshold for a single person was $11,945 or $22,283 for a family of four. We need to fix that with a higher minimum wage.

We'll also make America's families stronger by demanding that hardworking women get paid the same as men when they do the same job.

Source: 2016 CA House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Rick Perry: We created 1M jobs in TX while US lost 2.5M

Q: You have touted your state's low taxes, the lack of regulation, and tough tort reform as the recipe for job growth in Texas, but no other state has more working at or below the minimum wage. Is that the kind of answer Americans are looking for?

A: Actually, what Americans are looking for is someone who can get this country working again. And we put the model in place in the state of Texas. When you look at what we have done over the last decade, we created 1 million jobs in the state of Texas. At the same time, America lost 2.5 million.

Q: But the counterargument is the number of low-wage jobs and that unemployment is better in over half the states than it is right now in Texas.

A: Well, the first part of that comment is incorrect, becaus 95% of all the jobs that we've created have been above minimum wage. So I'm proud of what we've done in the state of Texas. And for the White House or anyone else to be criticizing creation of jobs now in America, I think is a little bit hypocritical.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

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