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Legislative Action Guide - Tourism
California’s travel-related businesses employ 1.14 million Californians, directly representing an increase of 32,000 new jobs compared to the year before, and contribute approximately $5.6 billion in local taxes and $5.3 billion in State taxes. The tourism industry is California’s fourth largest employer and fifth largest contributor to the gross state product. Travel-generated employment in 2017 accounted directly for 133,704 jobs in Orange County. While the economic crisis impacted the tourism industry with a decline in jobs and overall consumer spending, Orange County’s tourism industry has since rebounded. Visitor spending in Orange County totaled $12.5 billion in 2017, up from $12.1 billion in 2016 and $11.4 billion in 2015.
Legislative Action Guide - Health Care
The business of health care will rapidly increase over the next five years, which includes replacing retiring workers. In addition to the high-demand jobs for registered nurses, home health aides, medical and dental assistants, there is still a large need for radiology technicians, physical therapists and social and human service assistants. Employment growth varies between high-wage and low-wage jobs, and education requirements differ in every field. The health care industry is also one of the most highly regulated and suffers from unsustainably low reimbursement from the government, as well as unpredictability of funding. In Orange County and throughout California, we must explore new models that will use existing resources more efficiently. The business community must partner with elected and agency officials and influential stakeholders to forge creative, consensus-based solutions to health care access and support the providers. While the ACA may be modified, repealed or replaced under a new Administration, healthcare shall continue to grow in importance due to our aging population and the growth of technology.
Southern California Veterans Cemetery
California is home to more veterans than any other state; the majority of whom live in Southern California; the nearest currently open federal veterans cemetery to Orange County is the National Cemetery in Riverside; veterans from other coastal areas and veterans families find access to available National Veterans Cemeteries challenging.