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Strickland Responds to State of the State Address

He says California job growth should be a priority for every legislator

By Matt Guthrie |

Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, issued this statement in response to Wednesday’s State of the State address by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

“Today, Gov. Schwarzenegger stated the first priority for the coming year is the economy and jobs. The strength of our economy is based on job growth, and I believe our first, second and third priorities should be getting Californians back to work. This is the way we will lead California out of its financial mess.

“The governor is also right that we need to stop throwing sand in the gears of job creation. We must promote and sustain an environment that encourages businesses to succeed and grow. We can and should provide tax relief for California businesses and remove the regulatory chains which stifle our state’s economy.

“We need focus in Sacramento. The focus of every legislator should be job creation. A California with 12.3 percent unemployment and an 81 percent increase in small-business bankruptcies should be unacceptable to every elected official.

“I urge my fellow legislators to join me in properly prioritizing California’s budget. I look forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans to root out waste, fraud and abuse in our system, and I remain committed to fundamental, structural reforms that will not only lead us out of a perpetual budget deficit but create a new system designed to avoid the mistakes which have led us to where we are.”

— Matt Guthrie is a communications director for Sen. Tony Strickland, who represents California Senate District 19.




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» on 01.09.10 @ 10:14 PM

Thanks for the change we needed.

Kevin O’Connor

» on 01.11.10 @ 12:50 PM

“The governor is also right that we need to stop throwing sand in the gears of job creation. We must promote and sustain an environment that encourages businesses to succeed and grow. We can and should provide tax relief for California businesses and remove the regulatory chains which stifle our state’s economy.”

Amen brother! Keep it up Tony. Now for Capps…

» on 01.19.10 @ 01:09 PM

Who but a fool would not agree with Mr. Strickland that the Central Coast desperately needs jobs? However, the next obvious question is—now what? For some reason, the City of Santa Barbara and the County do not believe in economic development. Oh, sure, we delight in marketing our area to tourists throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, but that’s only addresses part of the economic health of the area. Why do our elected officials refuse to even discuss launching an effective, ongoing job creation program based on attracting businesses (employers)? To the north of us, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo have economic development councils and initiatives as do the City and Country of Ventura to the south of us. With a new mayor in office just as the nation enters year three of the recession, one would hope we’ll finally see some action on this pressing issue. If you have thoughts on this, please e-mail me at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (No, I’m not trying to sell anything or promoting some idiotic network marketing scam)

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