It’s one of those situations where most everyone agrees on the goal – more jobs – but they differ widely on how to get there. Democrats have rolled out a 27-bill package that includes plans to speed up renewable energy and high speed rail projects. Democratic Senator Mark Leno says it could create at least 140-thousand jobs:
“We have scoured every bond that has yet to be appropriated, every federal dollar that we can identify. We’re just trying to make sure we get to see as many jobs created as quickly as possible.”
The plan also calls for a cap on tuition increases at UC and CSU schools. GOP lawmakers characterize most of the Democratic plan as more government, and more spending.
“The days of California state government waterboarding businesses are over.”
GOP Assemblyman Dan Logue is calling for less regulation of businesses and more restriction of so-called frivolous lawsuits.
“We are drawing a line in the sand and we’re going to stand with the people who are unemployed.”
Governor Schwarzenegger rolled out his own plan last month.
It calls for worker training programs and extending the state’s homebuyer’s tax credit. He’s now calling for all three packages to be united:
“It’s the most important thing now that we put politics aside, and this is putting people to work. Jobs, jobs jobs. That’s the most important thing.”
California’s unemployment rate is currently 12-point-four percent.