Welcome to the Committee's web briefing launch page. The Committee uses this page to provide Members of the Legislature and the public with announcements and oversight hearing background materials.
Overview of the Californa Economy: Supporting Upward Mobility through Economic Growth
The Assembly Committee on Jobs is convening the second in a series of informational hearings on core economic and workforce development topics. These hearings will form a foundation from which the committee will undertake its primary missions of overseeing state programs, and evaluating legislative proposals.
During the February 28th hearing, Members will be briefed on the California economy, including a snapshot of state revenues, federal revenues that pass through the state budget, and identification of key issues that may impact the state's economic position. The hearing will also feature a successful job training program, which is helping individuals transition from public assistance to financial independence, as well as a panel of stakeholder group leaders, who will be sharing their insights on the coming year.
Connect to Information from Prior Informational Hearings
Oversight of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
The Committee held hearings on March 15 and August 9, 2016.
Summary: In 2016, GO-Biz reached its fifth year of operation. The JEDE Committee spent a majority of 2016 researching and reviewing the agency. Extensive background materials were developed, many meeting were held, and input from stakeholders was sought. Background from these activities is contained on a separate webpage, which can be reached through this link.
Methods of Review for Economic Development Activities
The Committee held this hearing on March 1, 2016, in Sacramento, California.
Summary: This hearing was held in preparation for the oversight hearing on GO-Biz programs and services. The focus of the hearing was to examine best practices of program reviews and to hear stakeholder perspectives on the range of programs and services available to support economic, business, and community development in California.
Building an Inclusive Economy: The State's Role in Closing California's Opportunity Gap
The Committee held this hearing on Thursday, November 12, 2015 in Ontario, California.
Summary: California's record setting economic growth since the financial crisis and subsequent recession has been widely reported. Unfortunately, the recovery has not yet reached all regions. While state unemployment in September 2015 was 5.5%, 14 of the state's 58 counties continued to report unemployment levels above 7%. These inequities will only increase unless California sets an all-inclusive prosperity agenda . In today's hearing, the Members of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (JEDE) will be briefed on strategies for supporting the entrepreneurial business environment, stabilizing communities, and developing career ladders that provide for wage growth and long-term household security.
This hearing was held in collaboration with the 2015 California Economic Summit and served as a follow-up to two JEDE oversight hearings on the California economy and related state programs (February and March of 2015). We have requested to have the recorded hearing available to public by January 5, 2015. Please contact the committee for more information about accessing the recording.
More Hearing Reports
Other written materials including analyzes of economic development-related legislation can be found under the "Hearings" tab. Background on specific topics is available under the "Policy Issues" tab including JEDE-prepared white papers, reports, and fact sheets.