California’s manufacturing jobs declined again in August. This month there are 2,800 less high wage middle class jobs in California that could have played a role in our economic recovery. The total loss since January 2001 now totals 583,000 — 31 percent of the state’s original manufacturing base at the start of this century.
While we lose these jobs, California also suffers from too many missed opportunities for new growth. An exponential amount of companies surveying the country for competitive places to manufacture have given up on California because of costs and unpredictability. This must be turned around with laser focused policies for competitiveness and an articulated commitment to growing middle class jobs and the economy.
One week after the close of the state’s legislative session, we can start with some important vetoes and signatures for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help keep the state’s manufacturing base afloat. Below are some of those important bills with CMTA’s veto and signature request letters.