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STUDY: Prevailing Wage Adds 17,500 Jobs to California Economy

by: SmartCitiesPrevail

Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 10:50:21 AM PDT

Prevailing Wage policies add 17,500 jobs and $1.4 billion in output across California's economy, according to a new study released by Smart Cities Prevail - a leading construction industry education and research organization.  

Entitled, Building the Golden State-The Economic Impacts of California's Prevailing Wage Policy, the first-of-its-kind report was co-authored by Colorado State University-Pueblo Economist Dr. Kevin Duncan and Smart Cities Prevail Researcher Alex Lantsberg. The study was conducted using IMPLAN software (the industry standard for analyzing the effects of government policy choices on the economy) to model the impact of eliminating California's prevailing wage standards.

In addition to measuring the policies' impact on job creation and overall economic output, the study also concludes that prevailing wage policies facilitate broad improvements to the construction industry as a whole--including substantial reductions in materials waste and dramatic increases in both local hiring and overall workforce productivity.

To Download the Full Report, Click Here.

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What Color is the Sky in Joel Fox's Fantasy World?

by: California Labor Federation

Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 13:03:52 PM PDT

by Steve Smith

There's been a lot of attention lately on California's turnaround. As it turns out, that nonsense about all our jobs moving to Texas was a just Texas-sized whopper. Last year California created about 500,000 jobs to lead the nation in job growth, outpacing the conservative darling Texas.

Basically, the corporate narrative about California has gone up in smoke. In the last several years, California has done a litany of things that the corporate crowd claims kill jobs. We raised the minimum wage. We raised taxes on the rich with Prop 30 to better fund schools and public safety. We guaranteed paid sick days for all workers. We eliminated the wasteful enterprise zone tax credits for big businesses that cost the state nearly $1 billion per year. We got rid of another tax giveaway to business with Prop 39 and instead funneled those funds into clean energy projects that create good jobs. We strengthened regulations that protect workers and the environment. The list goes on and on.

So imagine my surprise when I read Joel Fox's blog on Fox & Hounds claiming that the Chamber of Commerce was actually responsible for the job growth in California. Oh, ok. Sure. That makes total sense, Joel. The Chamber constantly derides California as the most anti-business state in the country and now wants to claim credit for our success? That makes about as much sense as that idiotic scheme you participated in during the 2012 election to help the Koch Brothers and their rich, out-of-state friends funnel millions into California to help pass the anti-worker Prop 32 and defeat Prop 30. But, I digress.

Hidden at the bottom of Fox's inane blog is the one line we should all pay attention to in the context of this argument.

The Chamber's goal is to keep business costs low to improve the economy statewide.

By lowering "business costs" he means eliminating protections for workers and the environment, shrinking wages for workers, while cutting taxes on CEOs and the wealthiest among us. California has roundly rejected this shortsighted notion, unlike, say, Kansas, which is seeing the disastrous effects of implementing the big business plan.

California, under Gov. Jerry Brown, has shown the real path forward.  You can create jobs AND protect workers and the environment. You can put more money in the pockets of those at the bottom while creating shared prosperity that benefits the economy as a whole. You can make the rich pay their fair share to fund our schools, public safety and other important services without hurting job growth. You can protect immigrant workers against exploitation and strengthen the ability for all workers to stand together in unions without hurting competitiveness. In fact, when you do those things, jobs DO grow. Wages DO grow. The economy gets stronger. And most importantly, lives change for the better.

Still, too many workers are struggling today. Now isn't the time to go backward on workers' rights. Instead, it's time to step on the pedal so we raise standards for all workers to combat growing inequality. The last few years we've put to rest the narrative that says doing good things for workers and the environment kills jobs.

So let's not waste time and let's continue doing more of what we know works. More investment in California's working people makes California a better place to live and raise a family. More support for workers and their families lowers poverty while creating an economy that works for everyone. And we do this not with the help of the Chamber of Commerce and its corporate CEO funders, we do it in spite of them.  

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How Outsourcing Web Development Service Can Benefit Your Business?

by: joeryan

Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 15:33:07 PM PDT

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Outsourcing web development services can bring your business many benefits. Professional web development agencies design user friendly and eye-catching websites with easy to use facility for your visitors at affordable rates. This helps in attracting user's attention to  your website to increase business customers. They focus on understanding business requirements and client's objectives, accordingly crafting a website that is congenial to your business needs. This automatically embellish your corporate identity and help you with increased ROI over your business. And above all, web developers help businesses lowering their encroachment and maintenance costs.

Having a strong digital presence will put you on a road to success if users can find you easily. Outsourcing web development service also ensures this aspect of the website management for you. Moreover, they also assist your business with web hosting service to avoid any web related issues.

Being a successful business requires significant amount of time with costs in the initial stages. In deciding an effective web development agency, it is worthwhile to take a smart pick to get excellent web designs with value for money. Don't make costs the deciding factor. What matters is the quality and on time delivery within the postulated budget.

Having your website designed with Outsource Designing will ensure your effective digital online business with proven results. We not only save you time but also encourage you in building your business performance.

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As We Celebrate Labor Day

by: SmartCitiesPrevail

Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 17:36:16 PM PDT

As we celebrate Labor Day this week, we wanted to take a moment to thank the hard working construction workers who literally built our state.

Recently, the Los Angeles Times published a list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America.  Four of the 10 were jobs in construction related fields.

Just last week, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the fatality of a worker in Berkeley while laying asphalt at a school.  This and stories like it are why our fight to protect prevailing wage is so important.

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Google's Page Clueless When It Comes to Privacy Concerns About Glass

by: Consumer Watchdog

Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 13:29:32 PM PDT

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Calling for Meaningful Wi-Spy Penalties Against Google

by: Consumer Watchdog

Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 13:41:38 PM PDT

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New Report: Wells Fargo's at the Bottom of the Heap

by: accecalifornia

Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 13:34:39 PM PDT

When it comes to foreclosing on Californians, it looks like Wells Fargo may take the prize.  According to a report released today, Wells Fargo is responsible for more homes in the foreclosure pipeline in California than any other single lender.  
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Will Google Buy Its Way Out Of Trouble For A Mere $7 million?

by: Consumer Watchdog

Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 17:40:52 PM PST

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Consumer Watchdog Calls On FTC to Seek Do Not Track Legislation

by: Consumer Watchdog

Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:13:40 AM PST

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California Leads Nation in Job Creation

by: Brian Leubitz

Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 14:56:52 PM PST

State economy peers up

by Brian Leubitz

California has some very powerful assets. People really want to live here, the weather is great, the state is beautiful, and we have a lot of well-educated workers. That should make it no surprise that the state's economy is growing now as the information economy rebounds.

Since February California has created almost 234,000 jobs, more than Texas, Oregon and West Virginia combined. (CBS)

While Rick Perry is busy trying to put a rosy spin on his corporate subsidy plan, California is building the economy of tomorrow.

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Europe's Antitrust Chief Talks Tough On Google

by: Consumer Watchdog

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:05:41 AM PST

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Consumer Watchdog Asks FTC To Release Staff Report In Google Investigation

by: Consumer Watchdog

Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 10:03:16 AM PST

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FTC's Settlement With Google Fails To End Key Abuse

by: Consumer Watchdog

Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 12:21:26 PM PST

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FTC should proceed with case against Google

by: Consumer Watchdog

Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 11:45:39 AM PST

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Keep The Internet Free

by: Consumer Watchdog

Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:05:36 AM PST

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Senators Add Fire to Scandal Over Phony California Fuel Crisis

by: Consumer Watchdog

Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 15:51:53 PM PST

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Google Ruling Shows Need For Do Not Track And Strong Antirust Action

by: Consumer Watchdog

Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:48:45 AM PST

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Google Gets Antitrust Ultimatum From FTC

by: Consumer Watchdog

Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:53:18 AM PST

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Refueling California

by: Consumer Watchdog

Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 10:14:46 AM PDT

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Brian Bilbray and Carl DeMaio: San Diego's Republican Shapeshifters

by: Lucas O'Connor

Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 13:00:00 PM PDT

If there's one thing that's been particularly consistent to campaigns of the far right in San Diego this fall, it's the unusually desperate attempts to hide the real agenda from voters. It's one that should be cause for optimism as long as voters pay attention, and betrays an almost impressive self-awareness from the top of the GOP that the party's agenda has drifted well outside the mainstream.

From the special exemptions of Prop 32 to Brian Bilbray's teetering re-election bid to Carl DeMaio's bizarre mayoral campaign, extreme conservatives are doing everything they can to hide their record and who they are.

For the backers of Proposition 32, the deception was part of the design from the very beginning. They surveyed the political landscape and found that, unsurprisingly, nobody wants millionaires and corporations to be able to buy off our political process. Rather than abandon a wildly unpopular idea, they came up with a different plan: fake it.  

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