happens to... INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURIALISM?
Assemblyman Disagrees on
Independent Contracting Bill
September 11, 2019____ Assemblyman Obernolte
(R-Hesperia) issued the following statement on Assembly Bill 5, which severely
limits independent contracting in California.
“This bill will negatively impact Californians across our state as many
of them will lose work opportunities because of its overly restrictive nature.
It will ultimately put the livelihood of millions of hard-working Californians
at risk. It is unevenly applied and arbitrarily picks winners and losers based
on which industry could afford to pay a lobbyist to get their interests
exempted. There’s absolutely no justifiable reason that all professions aren’t
being treated equally.”
proponents argue that this bill empowers workers. I emphatically disagree.
Eliminating opportunity and worker flexibility is not empowerment and will only
stifle entrepreneurialism in our state. In fact, if this bill was the law
when I started my small business out of my college dorm room 30 years ago, my
business would not exist today. And the hundreds of employees who have worked
with me over the years wouldn’t have jobs. How many other small businesses
would not exist if this law was in place?
happened to us? California
used to be a crucible for innovation and entrepreneurialism. It is clearly that
no longer, and I fear the consequences for our state, our children, and the
generations to come.”
in Big Bear Lake, California a software development company,
college dorm room. Today, his local
small business employs
residents in the 8th Congressional District.
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