In My Own Words

December 10, 2009

By Jerry Hill

Legislatorum Est Justas Leges Condere is the motto of the California State Assembly. “It is the duty of Legislators to make just laws.” This motto is written in large gold leaf lettering above the rostrum of the presiding officer in the Assembly Chamber. It serves as an important reminder of our responsibility.

October 09, 2009

By Jerry Hill

Forty-five states and 27 countries are organizing efforts to attract biotechnology companies away from California. I learned that at last week’s Legislative Biotechnology Committee hearing held at Exelixis in South San Francisco.

It’s no wonder that competition is fierce. From 2003 to 2007, employment growth at biomedical companies in California was 70 percent greater than other industries, and salaries for biomedical companies were 80 percent higher compared with other occupations.

September 18, 2009

By Jerry Hill
Guest commentary
San Mateo County Times

THE NEXT loud thud you hear could be the sound of a door closing behind one of California's homegrown biotechnology firms as it departs the Golden State for greener pastures. Lured by substantial economic incentives and the promise of a better business climate, some of California's most successful life sciences companies are taking their business elsewhere; others are being aggressively recruited to relocate.

July 30, 2009

By Jerry Hill

The second-most asked question posed to me since my election to the California State Assembly last year has been “What is wrong with Sacramento; why can’t they pass the budget on time up there?” It is a good question.

Part of the answer is clear: Our state is facing tough economic times stemming from the near meltdown of our nation’s financial institutions, the foreclosure crisis and a worldwide economic recession. At the same time the demand for services has increased, state revenues have plunged.

December 16, 2008

By Jerry Hill

On November 25, the California Legislature was unable to pass an emergency budget reform package containing a balance of cuts and new revenue because our constitution requires a supermajority two-thirds vote.  Once again a small handful of elected officials held the budget hostage creating fiscal chaos for 38 million Californians.  This is nothing new.  The legislature has missed the budget deadline every year since 1986.