Jobs & the Economy

North County San Diego and South Orange County are home to some of the world’s leading biotechnology, research, and clean energy institutions, as well as a thriving tourism industry, and Rep. Levin is a champion for policies that help them grow jobs and put workers first.

Rep. Levin was proud to help introduce the Raise the Wage Act, which would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.

Rep. Levin has consistently fought for federal investments in biomedical and climate research, which helps to support thousands of local jobs, and he helped secure billions in federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which support research conducted by institutions in the 49th District. 

To offset the rising costs of living for middle class families, Rep. Levin has advocated for the elimination of the cap on State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which unfairly hurts taxpayers and municipalities in California and other states. He has long advocated for the restoration of the full SALT deduction, and he has cosponsored the bipartisan SALT Deductibility Act and he also led a letter with 40 other Members of California Congressional Delegation urging President Biden to support elimination of the SALT deduction cap.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Rep. Levin helped pass the American Rescue Plan, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and several other key pieces of legislation to provide relief for families, workers, and small businesses, including expanded unemployment insurance, paid emergency leave, forgivable small business loans, and much more. He will continue to work across the aisle with his colleagues on legislation to address the long-term economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis.