|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Contact: Jordan Cunningham
|October 06, 2016||Phone: 805.391.7474|
Cunningham Finishes Touring Local Businesses, Releases Five Point Plan for Local Job Growth
Jordan Cunningham finished his Local Business Tour, touring 50 local businesses in 50 business days. The tour extended across the 35th Assembly District, from San Miguel to Lompoc, and extended across a variety of industries and business types.
Jordan asked every business owner the same question – “What could the state do to help your business grow and add jobs?” From these conversations, Jordan formulated his Five Point Plan for Job Growth. These reforms would help small businesses in California grow and thrive.
Cunningham’s 5 Point Plan for Job Growth
1. Sunset Clause on New Regulations
California’s Legislature often stacks new regulation upon old regulation, which compound the difficulties for small businesses. There is rarely any attempt to “phase-out” regulations that have ceased to serve any useful purpose. We should require a “sunset clause” for new regulations. Instead of making a regulation permanent, any regulation that impacts small business should “sunset” after a reasonable number of years. This will allow the Legislature and state agencies to study whether the regulation has been effective, whether its benefits outweigh the costs, and whether it is even still necessary.
2. Reform Wage and Hour Laws to Be More Flexible for Employers and Employees Alike
Many businesses on the Tour expressed difficulty with the enormous hassle imposed by current wage and hour laws. They also expressed that wage and hour rules make it difficult to give their employees flexibility in scheduling and hours. This hits the small business hardest, as they must devote resources solely to compliance paperwork – increasing costs but without any increase in productivity. There is also the possibility of lawsuits under the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) – regardless of fault or bad intent – which drain resources and destroy jobs.
3. Reform Worker’s Compensation
It seems like the worker’s compensation system is not working very well for employers or employees. There is inadequate screening of claims to weed out fraudulent ones. The use of third-party claims administrators may lead to bad incentives and inefficiencies. It is time for another reform of the worker’s compensation system. This is not glamorous work, and many legislators avoid it like the plague. But it is too important to our business community to ignore.
4. Scale Regulations to the Size of the Business
Sacramento seems to like one-size-fits-all regulations. But we have a large and diverse state, with many regional and local economies. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work.
Interestingly, it is often large corporations that favor one-size-fits-all regulation. After all, they have the resources to comply, and they can hire the lawyers and accountants to find the loopholes. It is the smaller businesses that get hurt.
We should do two things to even the playing field:
1) For many regulations, we should let small businesses obtain waivers, or even exempt them altogether where it makes sense.
2) Small businesses should be given extra time for compliance with new regulations, to accommodate the fact that small businesses usually do not have compliance officers and lawyers sitting around.
5. Invest in Career and Technical Education and Job Training
Many business owners on the Tour stated that there seems to be a mismatch between their hiring needs, and the skills actually being taught in our high schools and colleges. Just one example: there are 5 million open welding jobs in the United States, but not enough skilled workers to fill those jobs.
First, we need to restore Career and Technical Education to a place of importance in our high school curriculum. Our kids need earlier exposure to drafting, auto, carpentry, drafting, plumbing, electronics – sparking that critical early interest that could develop into a career.
The second piece is supporting vocational training at the community college level. In many fields such as nursing, construction, information technology, auto repair, and others, community colleges provide the training for young high school graduates and also for “second career” adults learning a new skill set.
The final piece is increasing collaboration between our local business leaders and our education leaders and policymakers. There is a disconnect between business community needs for skilled workers, and our education policies. We need more elected leaders that can make these connections, build these bridges, and use them to inform good policy.
List of Businesses
Papich Construction, Grover Beach
UA Local Pipefitters, Plumbers, and Welders, Buellton
I fix it, Luis Obispo
Templeton Feed and Grain, Templeton
Advanced Biomedical, Atascadero
Zotovich Estate Vineyard & Winery, Lompoc
Sunset Auto Center, Lompoc
Kennedy Club, Multiple Locations
Natures Touch Harvest and Nursery, Templeton
Altus Wealth Solutions & Accents Framing, San Luis Obispo
Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant, Morro Bay
Magnolia and Primrose Care Homes, Orcutt
A Place to Grow, San Luis Obispo
Salon Studio 23, Santa Maria
Central Coast propane, Paso Robles
Associated Traffic Safety, Atascadero
Andy Brown Engineering, Paso Robles
Midland Pacific Homes, Atascadero
Home Instead Senior Care, Grover Beach
Refined Distillery, Paso Robles
Dobbes Farm, Arroyo Grande
Farm Supply, Multiple Locations
The Luffa Farm, Nipomo
Tektegrityw, San Luis Obispo
Barrel House Brewing, Paso Robles
Idler’s, San Luis Obispo
Orcutt Hill (PCEC), Santa Maria
Atascadero State Hospital, Atascadero
Clever Ducks, San Luis Obispo
Thoma Electric, San Luis Obispo
Premier Auto Body, Santa Maria
Tunnel Ranch Partners, Santa Maria
Price Barn, San Luis Obispo
Nowcast, San Luis Obispo
The Tire Store, San Luis Obispo
SLO Hot House, San Luis Obispo
Shalimar Restaurant, San Luis Obispo
Lubrizol plant, Paso Robles
Benedetti & Associates CPA Inc, Santa Maria
River Park Paintball, Lompoc
Thousand Hills Pet Resort, San Luis Obispo
Mullahey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Paso Robles
Santa Maria Business Development Center (MIYB), Santa Maria
Guesthouse Grill, Atascadero
Give Fitness, Atascadero
Cornucopia Tool and Plastics and Electronics, Paso Robles
Crown Limosine & Wine Tours, Paso Robles
Paso Bike Tours, Paso Robles
Century 21, Arroyo Grande
San Luis Sports Therapy, San Luis Obispo