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Web site aims to put focus on creating jobs in California

POSTED January 22, 2010 11:40 p.m.
Assemblyman Bill Berryhill (R – Ceres) launched a new Web site on Wednesday, www.CAJobsFirst.com, intended to provide resources for job seekers, information on California’s lack of jobs, and to draw attention to what Berryhill says is a need for state lawmakers to focus on job creation and retention in 2010.
Berryhill, who worked with the Assembly Republican Caucus to develop the Web site, said the site’s launch was in keeping with his top priority of creating a job-friendly environment in California.
“We are sitting today on a statewide unemployment rate of better than 12 percent. That is unacceptable for all of Californians,” Berryhill said. “We need to start creating jobs throughout the state and throughout the Central Valley.”
The www.CAJobsFirst.com Web site proposes that every state legislative action in 2010 puts jobs first. Each bill, budget item, and agency regulation would be judged by its affects on California jobs.
Berryhill phrases the mission a bit differently, saying the legislature’s goal should be to create legislation that will encourage entrepreneurship. He says the “regulation strangulation” of excessive taxes, fees, and regulations are preventing California businesses from creating jobs.
“We have a lot of skilled labor in the Central Valley, we just need the jobs. We’ve lost so many manufacturing jobs over the last several years,” Berryhill said. “We need to put those people back to work by focusing on jobs here, jobs now and jobs today.”
While much of the new Web site focuses on the current state of the jobs problem in California, www.CAJobsFirst.com also features job listings and information on job placement and referrals. Information on programs to help with bills and debts is also available.
For those not interested in the job market, the site contains information on volunteering, health care, and affording a college education.
To contact Alex Cantatore, e-mail acantatore@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2005.

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