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Debra Bowen Outlines Jobs Blueprint

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Location: Torrance, CA

Policies in Renewable Energy, Small Businesses & Higher Education Creates Jobs

Democratic Congressional Candidate, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen presented a jobs blueprint to voters today that focuses on policies that create jobs and stimulate the economy. The "Policies for a 21st Century Economy in the 36th Congressional District" includes investing in renewable energy, increasing funding for higher education and vocational training, increasing access to capital for small businesses and ensuring stronger government oversight against financial predators. Bowen conveyed her proposal directly to voters and supporters via email, Facebook, her campaign website and twitter.

Bowen has a long-standing record of environmental protection that has resulted in the creation of thousands of jobs for workers and has spurred new industry and business growth across the Golden State. She will apply that same kind of innovative thinking in Congress.

Because of her impressive record and commitment to the environment and renewable energy solutions, Bowen was the sole candidate endorsed by the top environmental groups -- California League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club -- for the May 17, special election.

Said Bowen:

"While there are plenty of news reports about an economic recovery, these are still challenging times. The bottom line is that unemployment remains in double digits, businesses are struggling to stay open, and many families in the 36th Congressional District need help.

"Congress can't solve the jobs crisis on its own, but it can craft policies that help the economy grow and create incentives for employers to innovate and hire new workers.

"I'm running for Congress because I want to use my experience from the past 19 years to help get California's economy moving again.

"As a forward-thinking leader who has always sought innovative solutions to the problems people face, I strongly believe our top priority needs to be helping people get back to work so that more families can achieve the American Dream."

Throughout her career in public service, Debra Bowen consistently made job creation a top priority. As California Secretary of State, she implemented modern information technology practices so that businesses could spend more time creating jobs and less time filling out government paperwork.

As a state legislator, Bowen co-authored AB 32, the groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act. The legislation will create a cap on greenhouse gas emissions that will spur the creation of thousands of clean-energy jobs.

She was also an author of the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2002, which made sorely needed infrastructure investments in California's education system and created hundreds of construction jobs.

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