SACRAMENTO, CA – California’s Employment Development Department today reported that the state lost 20,400 jobs in February, a 4.1 percent drop in jobs from the same time last year. This follows a report last week issued by the U.S. Department of Labor showing that California’s metropolitan areas suffer the highest rates of unemployment in the country.
“The recent news about our continuing joblessness crisis underscores the fact that California is bearing the brunt of our nation’s unemployment. California is home to 12 percent of the country’s population but has lost 15 percent of the jobs during this tough time,” said U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina. “Since the calendar turned to this Election Year, Barbara Boxer has suddenly begun touting her ‘fight’ for jobs at every possible opportunity. But if that’s really the case, then California has suffered the knockout punch under her watch. The reality exposed by this data is a disgrace and an insult to all Californians.”
Despite Boxer’s claim that she has fought for and created jobs in Washington, the Labor Department report shows that the three areas in the nation suffering the highest rates of unemployment were all in California. Specifically, jobless rates top 20 percent in the Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. Furthermore, the Tax Foundation yesterday released its annual report showing that California is home to some of the highest taxes in the nation. This tax burden will only grow under the health care overhaul bill championed by Boxer and her fellow Democrats.
“Californians know all too well that our state’s taxpayers are saddled with one of the highest tax burdens in the nation. Despite this, our representatives in Washington continue to champion more tax hikes to finance the expansion of government with our hard-earned dollars,” Fiorina continued. “The Barbara Boxer-backed health care reform bill is just the most recent example of this. In fact, she not only was a staunch supporter of the bill, but she also voted against removing some of the onerous tax hikes it contained – proving yet again just how out of step she is with the people of this state.”
Fiorina believes that, given this difficult economy, the last thing Washington should be talking about is raising taxes. On the day she declared her candidacy in November 2009, she signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising that, as a U.S. senator, she will not vote for any new or increased taxes on California’s citizens or enterprises.
Since then, she has also made job creation a centerpiece in her campaign. She has consistently called for policy changes at the federal level to encourage economic growth and help American businesses compete and create jobs in the global economy, including:
- Lowering the tax burden for both businesses and individuals and simplifying the tax code.
- Encouraging innovation through tax credits for research and development and through the protection of intellectual property laws in the U.S. and abroad.
- Opening up new trade markets and ensuring all participating countries live up to their end of the bargain under any trade agreements.
- Easing the regulatory burden.
- Reducing costly and frivolous lawsuits by leveling the litigation playing field and restraining excessive awards of punitive damages and eliminate abusive class actions.
- Opening up capital markets to individuals and small businesses.
- Investing in improving education from pre-school through higher education through increased accountability and a focus on preparing our students for the workforce.