State legislators promote recovery

State legislators promote recoveryState legislators representing the Indian Wells Valley spoke out this week over California’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, each urging the administration to keep the workforce and taxpayers in mind during the period of economic recovery.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove was appointed to the state Advisory Council on Business and Job Recovery, a task force that will outline the steps to reinvigorate jobs and productivity in the state.

Prior to the committee’s first meeting, Grove delivered a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom requesting that local governments minimally impacted by COVID-19 have the discretion and flexibility to safely reopen commercial operations.

“I am hopeful that members of the task force will set aside political agendas and come together to have a robust discussion that supports the needs of everyday Californians,” said Grove.

“California’s economic engine is strengthened by our small businesses, farmers, ranchers, energy workers and more. Any economic recovery plan in the Golden State must ensure that it meets the short- and long-term needs of California’s diverse industries while protecting job creators from new burdens and costly mandates.”

Assemblyman Vince Fong, who participated in the April 20 first hearing of the California State Assembly’s budget oversight committee, had the following statement to offer.

“The major theme in our oversight committee today is that we need much more transparency. We are in very unique circumstances, which require more flexibility, however we still have a responsibility as stewards of tax dollars to ensure we are properly spending billions of dollars and providing accurate and up-to-date information on critical matters such as COVID-19 testing capacity, timeline, and distribution.

“Now more than ever, the public rightfully deserves full transparency on the state’s actions being done to fight COVID-19 and why they are being taken,” said Fong.

Story First Published: 2020-04-24