The State of California is in a financial crisis, that’s no secret. Times are tough in every city and county throughout the state and we’ve all had to make tough choices during these tough economic times. But here in Yolo County we have a balanced budget year after year. We have worked hard to maintain a balanced budget through eliminating government waste and managing our income against the money that we spend. The taxpayers elect leaders with the assumption that they will work for the taxpayers and that’s what we’ll do.
The current unemployment rate in Yolo County is more than 12% – much higher than the national average. It must be a priority to get our jobless workers back in the workplace. We need to get Yolo County residents back to work. Let’s start by investigating what drives our businesses into bankruptcy, then go to work to encourage new businesses to relocate here.
Protecting Our Farmlands
Yolo County was one of the original counties of California. Yolo’s rich history is diverse and plentiful, but there is nothing more important than its farmlands. Farming and agriculture is what connects us. It provides jobs for our workers, food for our families and is the basis for the family values we all know and share. Yolo County to this day is one of the nation’s leaders in farming and agriculture. We must never lose the character that makes our community special. Protecting our farmlands and our agricultural industries must be a priority.
California’s budgetary problems threaten our quality of life. Last year, the State approved AB109, which places nonviolent, nonserious, nonsexual offenders into our local jail without any promise of long-term funding.