For the first time this year, San Diego’s gross domestic product is expected to surpass $200 billion. I was proud to take part in negotiations to provide tax credits for our biotechnology, life sciences, aerospace and film industries, all of which are major contributors to our regional economy.
Countywide, these industries employ 26,000 people with high-paying jobs, and generate billions of dollars for our local economy. They are also on the cutting edge of important research that has the potential to save millions of lives worldwide.
These industries are vital to job creation here in San Diego, but California still faces many challenges.
We can no longer rely on our state’s weather and beauty to attract new businesses and jobs. We need to be realistic about the level of competition we face.
California has the third-worst business climate in the nation, the highest corporate income tax rate, the highest sales tax and the second-highest gas tax. Governors from states like Texas, Arizona and Nevada are working hard to take away our businesses.
During the last legislative session, 37 bills were introduced that were designated “job killers” by the California Chamber of Commerce. Fortunately, my colleagues and I were able to stop all but three of them, helping to protect California jobs.
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After reading this claptrap from this politician it reminded of a slogan put on a campaign button and stickers by President Ford in the mid 1970's. It was W.I. N. which meant Whip Inflation Now. These paragraphs were not ingenious well thought out and described ideas but simply tired slogans. Slogans never seem to create policy nor solve difficult and complex problems. Slogans are just slogans which basically show the shallowness and political lust of those that use them.
The UC systems budget was $22.5 billion in 2011-2012. The State of California provided 11% of that. 89% came from tuition, donations and other sources. The State of California provides 150% of the onerous regulations and management of the University of California system. Legislators who have zero experience in education telling the university how much tuition to charge, how much to pay their faculty and a 1000 other rules and regulations. It is a miracle that the great leaders we have had at the state and campus level have been able to preserve any of the world class excellence that has powered the California economy for most of the last century. I would propose that we liberate the UC system from the State Government. They can make up the 11% from private sources and then get on with the work of rebuilding what was once, before the politicians took over, the single greatest institution of higher learning on the planet.
Thanks for the data but I'd contend you fail to realize that the UC system has morphed into something far different from its original charter. They're now research centers subsidized by students taking out massive loans who receive liberal indoctrination under the guise of education. Instruction is given mostly by TAs not professors. The emphasis is on incorporating liberal ideology not on teaching a marketable job skill.
I agree the state should get out of the college business. They should sell the UC campuses and let the free market take over. If they did, we'd watch education quality and innovation skyrocket and the cost decline massively.
"I will do everything I can to keep college affordable and accessible."
Does that promise include approving a state budget that increases state funding to all CA public colleges? Because, you know, that's what state schools are suppose to be, state funded. On the other hand, you know what wasn't suppose to be state funded back when they wrote the constitution? Tax subsidies to private companies, real estate developers, and sports teams.
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Would Assembly Bill 42 freeze tuition and fees in nominal or real dollars? Assuming nominal dollars, wouldn't AB42 have the effect of increasing tuition and fees in real dollars during periods of deflation?