Sign the Petition to

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of the State of California and The California State Legislature

RE: Bring a Self-Employment Assistance program to California. Pass AB 152.

California's unemployment rate is higher than the national average. Add to that our long-term unemployment problem - 44.5% of the unemployed haven't had a job for more than 26 weeks, that's more than double from December 2005.


Existing companies are not creating enough jobs.

Self-employment must be part of any economic recovery plan for California.

Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Labor has a program - Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) Program - in which unemployed workers will be able to maintain their unemployment insurance benefits while they start their own small businesses – a full-time job in its own right – without having to look for other full-time work.



The DOL set aside $5.3 million for California to cover administration of the program and training for budding entrepreneurs. We have to ask for it by June 30, 2013 by passing a bill. 

We the undersigned want you to stand with us by passing a bill that enables California to apply for this federal funding and create a SEA program so that unemployed people can create their own job and be their own boss!

Signed,

California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity

This petition closed over 2 years ago

How this will help

Consider Andrea M. (real person, not real name for fear of losing benefits) from Sacramento who called the CAMEO office. She was laid off from her job at a telecommunications company. Fortunately,...

Consider Andrea M. (real person, not real name for fear of losing benefits) from Sacramento who called the CAMEO office. She was laid off from her job at a telecommunications company. Fortunately, Andrea had been moonlighting as a small business owner of her website design company. Instead of waiting for a corporate job to open and be hired, she intends to create her own job and run her business full-time. Her goal is to create her own income and get off unemployment. She also hopes to expand her business so that she can hire other people who can't find jobs.

Do you know someone like Andrea who is unemployed, but has an idea for a business, but might be afraid to start one because s/he doesn't want to lose benefits? Or someone who operates under the table, looking over their shoulder or could expand and really take off, if only the business could be legit?

A Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) Program would allow unemployed workers to maintain their unemployment insurance benefits while they start their own small businesses. Join CAMEO in our efforts to bring SEA program to California.

This is a great opportunity for our state to help unemployed people create their own job by starting their own business!

Learn More:

For long-term unemployment information:
http://www.calmis.ca.gov/SpecialReports/CA-LMI-trends-Jan-2012-report.pdf

"Cumulative job losses in California today are much worse than those experienced at any point of any downturn since the Great Depression." http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/research/A_Depressive_State.pdf

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