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Pass USMCA Coalition Announces Newest Co-Chairman

Pass USMCA Coalition Announces Newest Co-Chairman

The Pass USMCA Coalition announced former Congressman Erik Paulsen will serve as the group’s latest honorary co-chairman this week, adding to the robust lineup of representatives focusing on supporting the swift passage of the USMCA.

“I’m thrilled to welcome my former Republican colleague, because USMCA must be a bipartisan priority,” added Pass USMCA’s honorary co-chair, Joe Crowley. “The new trade pact will create jobs, open new markets for U.S. creators and innovators, and grow America’s economy.”

Paulsen is well known for his ten years representing Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives between 2009-2019 in addition to his time in Congress on the House Committee on Ways and Means and Subcommittee on Trade. Current leaders of the group include former Congressman from New York, Joe Crowley, former Washington Governor Gary Locke, and Rick Dearborn.

“Erik’s experience in Congress will be an asset for the Coalition as lawmakers prepare to vote on USMCA,” said Gary Locke, honorary co-chair of Pass USMCA.

“I’m thrilled to join the Pass USMCA Coalition,” Paulsen commented. “USMCA will strengthen America’s economy and boost opportunities for American workers. My former colleagues should move this deal across the finish line quickly.”

Report Reveals California as Tech Employment Hub

In 2018, the state of California increased its tech-related jobs by 51,567 according to the CompTIA Cyberstates 2019™ report, ultimately contributing to the state economy.

“Clearly the broad-based impact of the tech industry touches virtually every community, industry and market across California, especially when you consider the millions of knowledge workers who rely on technology to do their jobs,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.

These numbers confirm that the state is increasingly becoming a tech-employment hub in the nation, with a reported increase of an estimated 360,000 jobs over the last two decades.

“When it comes to tech jobs, California is at the top in all categories from tech workforce total, tech jobs added and innovation score. More than 1.78 million Californians have a tech-related job, contributing more than $481.7 billion to the state’s economy and median annual wages of more than $96,000,” said Kelly Hitt, director of state government affairs for CompTIA in California.

“The findings attest to a tech labor market that will remain tight as employers balance short-term needs with an eye towards the future,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “As digital-human models begin to unfold, employers and employees alike will face new challenges – and opportunities, in shaping the workforce of tomorrow.“