LegiSchool Town Hall Meetings
Powering the Creative Economy
October 21, 2015
Creativity is an important part of California's economy. In 2014, the creative industry constituted nearly 10% of all jobs in the state, including jobs in industrial design, publishing, aerospace and entertainment. Even though the creative industry is a pillar of the state's economy, California is 47th in the nation in arts spending. State leaders interested in sustaining this thriving economy believe we must start by increasing access to K-12 art education, but budget cuts in schools and pressure to improve English and Math performance have limited the amount of classroom time dedicated to art-based curriculum. At this Town Hall, we want to explore the state of art education in California. Do you think there should be more art in schools? Does your school provide quality art programs? Are we preparing students for careers in the creative industry?
Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?
December 2, 2015
The current minimum wage in California is set to rise from $9 to $10 an hour in 2016. However, some state leaders believe this is not enough. Senate Bill 3 proposes raising the minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2016, and then again to $13 in 2017. Supporters of the bill argue that raising the minimum wage will benefit the economy and reduce income inequality in our state. Opponents fear that raising the minimum wage will harm business and jobs will be lost due to rising costs. Some argue that increasing wages will hurt the chances of employment for young and unskilled workers trying to start a career (almost a third of minimum wage workers are teenagers). Join LegiSchool in this important and timely discussion. Do you or does someone you know earn minimum wage? Will increasing the minimum wage help or hurt the economy? If you were a legislator, would you raise the minimum wage? Come share your thoughts!
Sugary Drinks: Public Health Hazard or Personal Choice?
April 6, 2016
Health experts say that sugary drinks like soda contribute to obesity, a major health problem in the United States. As a result, public health advocates have suggested that government take action to regulate consumption of these drinks. Last year, Berkeley became the first city to implement a tax on sugary drinks. State lawmakers have introduced similar regulations, but so far, none have passed. While many people believe obesity is an issue in our country, the public is divided about whether or not the government should intervene in the health choices people make. LegiSchool wants you to weigh in on the debate. Do laws regulating sugary drinks improve the public's health or limit personal choice? Attend this town hall and let us know what you think!
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State Government for Beginners
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