Working Together for a Strong and Sustainable Economy
Recently, the media reported more good jobs news for our area: Ventura County's unemployment rate dropped under 8 percent for the first time in four years. Santa Barbara County's unemployment rate dipped to 7.2 percent, now the eighth lowest among California's 58 counties.
Though we still face economic challenges, we are slowly turning a corner. But what will this recent recession's lessons be for us?
To me, it's never been clearer that we all have a stake in a strong, dynamic and sustainable economy. We need to ensure that future generations are adequately prepared for the workforce. We need to work toward a diverse economy that functions to lift all boats. And we need public services that work effectively to help, not hinder, job creation and responsible economic growth and environmental stewardship.
Since I began representing you in the State Senate in December, I have been working toward these goals.
- I recently convened a group of business, economic development, and education leaders to discuss regional economic development. This newly formed Innovation Advisory Council will collaborate to share ideas and expertise and spur economic growth and sustainable, innovative technology. We hope ultimately to create an innovation corridor for our region.
- I support Senate Bill 594 to enhance partnerships between industry and schools, and better prepare students for stable and well-paying jobs. I recently visited innovative K-12 school programs in Long Beach, Santa Maria and Lompoc that are preparing students to be tomorrow's scientists, engineers, innovators, and leaders. I also support the various "academies" and linked learning approaches being developed throughout the district.
- As a member of the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, I recently voted to appropriate funds to reduce the backlog of business filings currently pending at the Secretary of State's office, so Californians can start and grow new businesses quickly and efficiently.
What do you think we should do to move toward a stronger, more sustainable economic future? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please email me at Senator.Jackson@senate.ca.gov or call my Santa Barbara office, 805-965-0862 or my Oxnard office, 805-988-1940.
STATE SENATOR, 19th Senate District