McNerney Talks about Tough Times
STOCKTON — In advance of President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, released a speech outlining the state of the district he represents.
In his own online preview of tonight’s State of the Union speech, Obama said he would focus on how to build on the momentum of a rebounding economy.
McNerney launches his speech mentioning good economic news, but he goes on to say that there are still many who aren’t feeling the effects of the rebound.
“But for many, things are still pretty tough,” he said. “I hear from hard-working folks who are raising families, working more than one job, and still having trouble making ends meet. There are many more who lost their jobs and still can’t find a new one. This isn’t how things are supposed to be.”
McNerney released his state of the district on YouTube on Monday. He represents the 9th Congressional District, which includes the northern half of San Joaquin County and pieces of Contra Costa and Sacramento counties. “And our cities have to be part of the economic recovery. Places like Stockton and Antioch are on the rise, but they just need that extra push to really get things going.”
He gave some suggestions on how to do just that. He said that in the year to come he would oppose “giveaways to Wall Street banks,” work on keeping health care costs down, fight for fair wages and help homeowners still suffering after the housing crisis. He also said he would try to bring more federal dollars to pay for more police, saying increased safety would attract more investment.
McNerney also said he would try to identify new sources of funding that would help out locally or to create tax breaks for local governments and small businesses. He said he would bring together state, local and federal officials, including inviting Housing Secretary Julian Castro to tour south Stockton.
The Housing Secretary heads the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is a member of Obama’s cabinet.
McNerney said: “I’m confident when he sees the potential, he’ll help bring us the resources we need.”