Income inequality in California is on the rise as corporate greed systematically dismantles the middle class. The gap between the rich and the poor is increasing faster in California than anywhere else in the country and the poverty rate in the state is growing three times faster than the population. This is no accident—it is the direct result of policies to decrease labor costs in order to increase profits.
Job creation alone will not rebuild our middle class. We need to create high-quality jobs in industries that make California a good place to do business and to raise a family. We need to invest in jobs that will rebuild our middle class and fuel the growth of our economy. Overtime, paid sick days and meal and rest breaks are part of fair compensation for a day’s work and are essential to a just workplace. The bottom line is simple: No one who works should live in poverty.