Our budget shortfalls continue to threaten the very livelihood of the State. We need to reform how our budget is drafted and during times of low tax revenue, the State should have the flexibility to cut back on all discretionary expenditures. We must start from scratch and focus on core services during lean times. We must also look into creating multi-year budgets to encourage looking at long-term solutions instead of looking at the budget in the short term. I would also like to create a balanced budget bill that eliminates accounting gimmicks and have mandatory contributions to the State’s rainy day fund for any natural emergencies. Let us encourage legislators to look at opportunities to inspire our citizens and shine Golden like never before in California.
Let us review all business policies and create competitive business policies. We need to streamline the permit process and have all permits and permit statuses be readily available online. Start-up businesses should be given a break on fees for the first year while they get established and this should encourage the creation of businesses all across the state. I plan on reaching out to small business organizations, State planning, and development agencies to aggressively encourage new businesses and to do so in a timely manner. Let’s focus on real projects and author direct policy that benefits small businesses.
We must conduct a thorough forensic audit of all state finances and dealings and publish the results in an easily accessible form. These must be conducted regularly and will help deter bureaucratic waste. We must also work to make Sacramento transparent with taxpayers money. The whole reason behind this is to make it easier for the public to ask and receive information from the State with as little bureaucratic red tape as possible. This process will also bring about many opportunities to reduce taxes and reallocate wasteful spending towards a stimulus program aimed to recharge our small business economy after the epic ramifications of COVID-19.
Crime in this State is always something that needs reform. The State must look at ways to cut its expenses without cutting the number of police officers on the beat. Public safety is also not just about the cops, but also about crime prevention. The Meet Your Cop annual event will be developed to bring more community engagement with law enforcement and build trust. To fund it, let’s have the Governor’s Office raise money from private donations to support these empowering programs. Our campaign supports after school programs that keep kids off the street and involved in creative projects while working towards a better future.
California is a national leader in alternative energy supplies of wind, solar, and biomass fuels and we support the continued development of these supplies while understanding the necessity to reflect on these new technologies and the full spectrum of ways in which they are effective. For the increase in solar development and the increased toll on electric grids – policy needs to be enacted to keep high-voltage transmissions from causing uncontrollable wildfires like in the case of the 2019 Camp Fire, which burned over 153,000 acres and killed 85 people. California is a historic National leader in such high-voltage transmissions and safety measures MUST be enacted to protect our communities while building our alternative energy resources.
In the case of petroleum products – in 2018, the State of California produced 31.8% of the utilized crude supply, receiving just under 60% from foreign nations and the remainder from Alaska. In 1985, California alternatively produced 60% of the supply, with 32.7% from Alaska with the remainder coming from foreign Nations. While crude oil receives the brunt of the backlash, the fact is that aside from the gasoline in our cars, petroleum byproducts account for the materials in our footballs, roads, shampoo, soap, all plastics (including PPE and even in electric cars,) ballpoint pens, and so much more. The immense natural reserves of crude oil in the State of California would not be overtaxed by additional onshore production. The applied state taxes would greatly offset the deficit while continuing to add opportunities for well-compensated employment to our citizens. We support environmentally regulated petroleum production in the State of California which will provide a robust surplus in both cash and commodities in the State.
We believe it is unconstitutional for Government officials to mandate vaccinations and our platform will actively educate voters on the harm of a one size fits all philosophy.
I support our law enforcement agencies. Reform is needed in many areas and we will address those issues, guidelines, and training to ensure our officers and the public are protected. I do not support defunding the police, but I am open to alternatives to fund programs that empower our communities.
What is California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5)?
California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), popularly known as the “gig worker bill,” is a piece of legislation signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2019. Scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, it will require companies that hire independent contractors to reclassify themselves as employees, with a few exceptions. The bill expands on a ruling made in a case that reached the California Supreme Court in 2018, Dynamex Operations West, Inc. vs. Superior Court of Los Angeles.
Advantages and Disadvantages of AB5 for Workers
The most immediate implication of AB5 and its one-two-three test is that it turns independent contractors into employees. “The key factor for gig companies is ‘2,’ which says that anyone performing work for a company that is the same as the business of that company is presumed to be an employee,” says Danielle Lackey, chief legal officer at Motus, which provides reimbursement solutions for businesses with mobile-enabled workforces.
Lackey says that, under the new bill, if employers begin classifying gig workers as employees, it means these workers will be entitled to a minimum wage, expense reimbursements, employee benefits, rest breaks, and the other benefits afforded to employees under California state law. In that sense, the bill creates a level playing field between those working in the gig economy and those hired as regular employees.
There are potential downsides, however, if gig workers who are treated as employees are, because of this, expected to adhere to a new set of standards regarding how they perform their work. For example, one major appeal of being a driver for a ride-sharing or delivery company is the ability to choose when and when not to work.
As an employee, a former gig worker may lose that choice. “Certain people are very attracted to this type of work and flexibility and will most likely drop out, as they may not like fixed schedules or other rules and requirements,” says Elliot Dinkin, president, and CEO of Cowden Associates, a Pittsburgh-based consulting and actuarial firm. “It has seemingly been a very popular job, based solely on the numbers of drivers.”
Lackey says the new law doesn’t mandate the elimination of flexibility altogether. “But if employers begin incurring the greater cost of paying for employees instead of contractors, they may decide to take advantage of the ability this gives them to exert more control.”
I will actively work to repeal this bill within the first 100 days as Governor. This bill is dangerous to the very people it would affect.
I support our constitutional rights and our right to bear arms. As the next Governor we will end the gun roster restrictions and bans on magazines. Our administration will work towards open or conceal carry statewide in addition to reducing red tape and wait time for gun purchases by law abiding citizens. We believe our State will experience a huge decrease in crime and rise in safety.