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Importance of Manufacturing for the Future of America (Opinion)

NOTE: These are not the views of Mark Leno.  This site is an unofficial fan site and not affiliated with Mark Leno in any way.  The following is purely the opinion of the management team of MarkLeno.com

Manufacturing has always been a backbone of American industry, and this hasn’t changed even as the American Auto Industry faced it’s historic challenges during the 2008 financial crisis and recessions.  In fact, American Manufacturing is arguable even more important today, as it’s shifted from being an process of iron smelting to a process of software engineering.

As such, the role of the San Francisco Bay Area and ‘Silicon Valley’ continues to be a driver of growth and innovation that “American Made” products can rely on.  If America is going to stay relevant into the next decades and centuries, we have to shift our focus away from the “rust belt” concept, and more towards a “silicon belt”, where innovation from our technology leaders can feed into middle class jobs across the country.

American technological manufacturing is growing, just looking at historically relevant organizations such as the Thomas Register, which is now a purely digital vehicle for connecting American industry.  Tesla was recently valued at more than 1 trillion dollars, with it’s founder Elon Musk taking moments as the Richest Man in the World (depending on the stock price of the day).  All these point to a rich potential for “the great pivot”, and to take advantage of the brilliant, innovative minds of America and the opportunity that our society provides.

So while we talk about the death of American manufacturing, we may be right if we were only focused on the hard hats and rivet guns of the last century.  However the next century is more about semiconductors and superconductors than steel alloys and combustion engines, so we must shift our perspectives appropriately.

Minimum Wage Bill by Mark Leno

Mark Leno is known for being an advocate for the LGBT community. Knowing that the LGBT community is among the most vulnerable given the fact that they are prone to homelessness, he managed to promote equality in the workplace. But he didn’t just provide laws that favored the LGBT community. He was able to advance worker rights. He passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $13/hour by 2017.

The SB 3 made it possible for the minimum wage bill to jump from $9 per hour to $11 in 2016, and then $13 in 2017. This was a bill that was co-sponsored by the Western Center on Law and Poverty, United Food and Commercial Workers among many others, This gained the support of pro-worker groups.

But is this good for business? Given the current pandemic, this might not look good for a lot of business owners given the fact that a lot of businesses in the state already filed for bankruptcy and even decided to fire several employees. 2020 isn’t exactly a good year and nobody anticipated that it would end up this way.

Under normal circumstances, this is a good move for the senator and for the rest of the working class who are dealing with the high cost of living in the state of California.

Mark Leno and His Bills In Favor of The LGBT Community

Over the last fifty years, the LGBT community has been looking for changes that will help them live their lives according to the lifestyle that they want. Unfortunately, many have conservative views when it comes to legitimizing LGBT marriages and civil unions. Mark Leno has two landmark laws that helped transgenders. Senate Bill 103 prohibits state agencies to do business with companies that failed to offer the same health benefits their transgender employees that are offered to other workers. This bill aimed to minimize discrimination in the workplace and make sure that the companies are treating everyone equally, transgenders included.

Next, you have the Senate Bill 731 that allowed foster children the right to have placements consistent with their gender identity.

Many favored these bills because of the impact that it can make to the lives of the LGBT community. Next, Mark Leno also made it possible for foster children to have autonomy over their bodies. He even mentioned that he was a foster child for 16 years and he could relate to the pains of these children. This is a good call for Leno since LGBT are more prone to homelessness according to studies.

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