During the past year California Republicans have been listening as you share with us the challenges keeping you from succeeding and your fears for the future. We hear you, California, and are ready to fight for you.
We understand that the challenges facing California are unique. That is why we need California-centric solutions that will grow a more open California, full of opportunities to expand the middle class and raise people out of poverty through jobs, education and affordable housing.
Too many Californians have been left behind. Sacramento political elites have failed to notice or have ignored daily struggles confronting millions of Californians, many of whom are barely keeping up on necessities like housing and transportation.
The California dream fails when people must choose between a roof and basic necessities, when schools can’t hire the best staff to help launch their kids to greatness, when people feel compelled to abandon the life they have built here for what they hope will be a better future outside the Golden State.
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Democrats have controlled both houses of the Legislature for two decades. This total control of policy making has left many of them out of touch and unwilling to truly lead in a time when we are in desperate need of modification.
For a state known around the globe as the home to tech entrepreneurs and innovation, we are sadly lacking inventive solutions from Democratic legislators. All California residents deserve an equal opportunity to succeed and to build the future they want for themselves and their families.
Republicans and Democrats should remember that our shared purpose is to lift people up and create a brighter future for all Californians. We need to see ourselves as part of a community. Republicans are prepared to lead California toward a stronger future but can’t do it alone. If we can do this together, our brightest days are ahead.
Jim Brulte is chairman of the California Republican Party. firstname.lastname@example.org