Policy Briefings


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 background materials from briefings, informational hearings, and program and department oversight hearings.

"Supporting a Just Transition to a Lower Carbon Economy"  

August 30, 2017, at the California State Capitol.

The Assembly Committee on Jobs, in collaboration with the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies, held an informational hearing to examine current and and discussed future state actions which may be necessary to support a just transition to a lower carbon economy.  In contrast to other state policies, successfully addressing climate change will require nothing less than a comprehensive transition of the economy, its industry, and its workforce. 

Agenda     Briefing Report  

Background From Witnesses:  Sector Navigator for Energy, Construction, and Utility Sector, Strong Workforce Task Force, California Community Colleges; and California Independent Petroleum Association

Materials submitted under Public Comment:  Filiment Strategies, "Broadband as a Green Strategy"

"Overview of the California 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 first hearing (February 28th), Members were 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 March 17, 2017, hearing also featured 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.

Agenda     Briefing Report     

Participant Handouts:  2017 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity   Sisney PowerPoint    Nickelsburg PowerPoint     Weber PowerPoint       CAMEO Comments

"Oversight of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development"

The Committee held hearings on March 15 and August 9, 2016.  To review the programs and activities of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.  These hearings were the culmination of months of research and stakeholder discussions.  

Below is information from the hearings.  

March 15, 2016, Hearing Agenda     August 9, 2016 Hearing Agenda    

Collaborative Oversight Framework  Link to Nine Program Workbooks   Link to GO-Biz Related Reports  

Additional 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.  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. 

Hearing Agenda    Hearing Background Report   

Background Report Appendices    Witness Biographies

"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.  

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. 

Hearing Agenda       Hearing Background Report   

California Demographic Profile    Witness Biographies

More Hearing Reports

Other written materials including analyzes of economic development-related legislation can be found on the Informational Hearings and Bill Hearings pages under the Hearings tab. 

Background on specific topics is available under the "Prior Policy Briefings" tab including JEDE-prepared white papers, reports, and fact sheets.

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