Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, voiced his displeasure with California Assembly Bill 5 during a Wednesday morning appearance on the political radio program “Armstrong and Getty.”
McCarthy said AB5 is destroying California’s gig economy and the law has encouraged companies to move their businesses out of the state, according to a news release from his office.
A controversial labor law, AB5 took effect Jan. 1 and makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees who are entitled to minimum wage and benefits such as workers compensation.
McCarthy blamed Democrats who pushed for the law’s enactment.
“They think you should focus more on defunding the police, defunding the border, dismantling this country and letting a mob rule and tear down any statue they think is appropriate. That’s the wrong direction,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy said ultimately the law hurts Californians who rely on a gig economy to determine when they work and how they want to help their family.
“California is the leader when it comes to tech jobs, gig jobs, and others — and here Democrats control the state, and what are they doing? They’re crushing them,” McCarthy said. “That’s why you’ve seen job, after job, after job leaving California. Not because they don’t love this state. The policies that have made this state great have changed under Democrats … and now they want to push that nationally.”