From the gold rush days up until recently, California was really seen as the "Golden State," full of endless economic opportunity. The California economy is now the laughing stock of the country. The current economic climate in California is so gloomy that businesses continue to leave for other states at a record pace. Going with them are the thousands of good paying jobs that should stay in California. Those businesses that choose to stay are faced with increased regulations and tax burdens, causing them to make tough decisions like laying off employees or closing up shop for good.
On the Modesto City Council, I sought out ways to increase investment in the community, and partnered with business leaders in Modesto's manufacturing industry to establish an Economic Capacity Bank, which will bring new business and create new jobs in Modesto.
I promise to continue to fight to create an environment that will attract businesses back to California, increase the number of jobs in the Central Valley and stimulate the economy. Small business is the driving force behind our economy, not big government interference. I will pursue policies that promote business growth and investment, and I will oppose policies that hinder it.
I want a California that I can be proud to call home and that will provide future business and economic opportunities for my children when they grow into adulthood.