For over three years now, our nation's unemployment rate has been at or above 8%. In the 25th Congressional district, where I serve you, the unemployment rate is much higher.
Everyone is aware of these statistics, and all of us know someone who is unemployed and desperately seeking employment. To make matters worse, dysfunctional leadership in our nation's capitol and crippling budget deficits are creating an environment of uncertainty for many companies who want to hire people, but are afraid to do so.
As your Representative in Washington, I'm concerned with what we can do to create more jobs. In order to best reflect the needs of our district, I have started a new initiative called One More Job. We are seeking out businesses in our community to find out what they could do to hire just one more employee. There are over 1000 small businesses between the Antelope and Santa Clarita Valleys. Just imagine what our community would look like if every business added just one more employee. We need the opinions of folks on the front line, not recycled Washington talking points.
In the past few months I've been asking business owners to share their ideas on how Washington can help them create jobs locally. I received responses that ranged from concrete ideas on how to reform the federal tax code to repealing burdensome federal laws and regulations that are impeding on their business expansion.
With the overwhelming amount of feedback I received, I decided to hold a roundtable with interested businesses owners in our community.
In March, I hosted a One More Jobs Forum, where we discussed the critical issues hindering job growth in the district and what we can do in Washington to get America working again.
As I continue to listen to these ideas, I am working to create concrete legislative solutions in Washington. I will update this page as we make progress in creating One More Job for businesses in California's 25th district.