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January 27, 2010 > New poll shows Californians fear losing jobs

New poll shows Californians fear losing jobs

Submitted By Chandra I. Brown

State Assemblyman Dan Logue, vice chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy, announced the release of a new poll revealing California voters are more concerned about job loss and the economy than implementing global warming solutions.

The non-partisan poll, conducted by EMC Research, Inc., was commissioned by the independent AB 32 Implementation Group. The poll measured attitudes toward AB 32; the findings are stark. When presented with the economic price of implementing the bill, voter support for AB 32 fell dramatically. In fact, twice as many voters strongly opposed the bill as supported its implementation, stating that it is critical government leaders protect jobs and promote economic recovery.

"Since my first day in office my focus has been bringing job growth back to California and improving the economy. Increased restrictions only serve to drive businesses out of California and the voters are scared," stated Logue.

Research reveals implementing Assembly Bill (AB) 32, also known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act, will cost billions of dollars and eliminate thousands of jobs. Californians are being forced to shoulder this financial burden at a time when the state's unemployment rate is higher than 12 percent with no relief in sight.

Voters also correctly assumed that consumers will bear most of the costs associated with implementation of AB 32. The survey reported most people have altered their lifestyle in the past several months due to the state of the economy and 73 percent of voters agreed with the statement: "Placing additional regulations on California businesses ultimately leads to higher prices for consumers for gas, electricity, food and other consumer goods."

"Californians are losing their jobs and the economy is in a fiscal crisis. It is critical that we examine whether adding greater regulation to an already crippled economy makes sense, or whether we will sacrifice our economic competitiveness at the altar of political correctness," said Logue. "We exist in a highly competitive global economy, where China and India are building massive coal-fire power plants by the hundreds, effectively rendering our actions under AB 32 meaningless."

"Implementing AB 32 will not improve our economy and will cripple employers and drive jobs out of the state. We must suspend draconian regulations like AB 32 and focus instead on creating a jobs-friendly economy," concluded Logue.

The AB 32 Implementation Survey can be viewed under "Key Links" at http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/3/

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