The reform of California's crumbling enterprise zone system was a tremendous bipartisan achievement that will ensure the Central Valley has the tools to create jobs for years. The bill extends hiring credits and exempts manufacturers, food processors, and wineries from sales tax on equipment upgrades.
A July 8 editorial in The Bee highlighted the bipartisan nature of the deal, which was truly important, but featured a Democrat who failed to even vote for the final bill he claimed as his own.
The real Democratic champion of bipartisanship was Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, who represents San Joaquin and north Stanislaus counties. Galgiani tirelessly worked the Capitol halls to ensure that legislators reached a deal that improved the program statewide while protecting measures vital to the valley.
With unemployment in the valley twice the already high statewide levels, it's nice to know we have representatives in Sacramento who are honestly fighting for local jobs.