Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced that she received a 100 percent score from the nonpartisan California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) in its 2015 Manufacturing Vote Record. The association represents 400 businesses from the entire manufacturing community – an economic sector that generates more than $250 billion every year and employs more than 1.3 million Californians.
“I am honored to be recognized by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association for my work to promote more manufacturing investment and job creation in our state,” said Bates. “Simply put, our state needs more good-paying manufacturing jobs to provide more economic opportunity for our communities and to lift people out of poverty. I look forward to continuing my work to champion pro-manufacturing policies in the Legislature.”
Bates was recognized for her votes on bills important to California’s manufacturers. For example, she opposed AB 219 (Daly) that will substantially increase the cost of road construction by expanding the definition of “public works” to include the hauling and delivery of ready-mixed concrete in order to trigger prevailing wage requirements. Governor Brown ultimately signed AB 219 into law. However, the Governor did veto AB 465 (Hernandez) that Bates and the CMTA vigorously opposed. AB 465 would have increased costly class-action lawsuits against job creators.
“With approximately 500 manufacturing operations in her district, Senator Bates understands the tremendous contribution that manufacturers make in jobs, economic growth and innovation,” said CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock. “California manufacturers across the state thank her and her colleagues who demonstrated through their votes that manufacturers should be a growing and vibrant part of our future.”
As part of her commitment to protect and promote more manufacturing in California, Bates visited Oceanside’s Federal Heath Sign Company during Manufacturing Day in October. She toured the company’s operations and listened to officials about the challenges they face in keeping their doors open in California.
In addition to her 100 percent CMTA score this year, Bates received an “A” grade from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, a 100 percent score from the California Taxpayers Association and a nearly perfect score from the California Chamber of Commerce regarding her votes on bills affecting job creation.