The policies enacted within the first year of the Trump administration have effectively dismantled everything positive created during the halcyon days of the Obama era. But while the federal government has sought to exert a tight grip on the American people, there has been a slew of 2017 California policy changes attempting to counteract the harsh changes of the new administration. In his first few months in office, Trump threatened to defund California based on the state's desire to act as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants...which quickly turned into a Trump vs. California hot-button issue that is now routine. “California is not looking to pick a fight,” state attorney general Xavier Becerra has said. “But if Trump is trying to get in our way, that’s when we go at it.”
California opposing federal policy feels like an ironic twist on the Republican war cry of “small” government. A president who ran on the ideals of the GOP has, in his first year in office, used his executive power to sign sweeping federal laws into being. But one of his main obstacles has turned out to be California. The state has continuously legislated and litigated against Trump during his first year, effectively stalling many federal decrees in their tracks, or at least, locking them in legal purgatory. Despite time-consuming processes, California continues to oppose Trump at every turn. While protests, marches, and rallies have been a large part of the resistance to the Trump administration in 2017, this list is specifically about the legislative action that California has been enacting to oppose Donald Trump’s Presidency. Vote up the biggest moves the "best coast" state has enacted in opposition to Trump.
California Raised The Minimum Wage To Support Livable WagesPhoto: Los Angeles Times / YouTube
California is moving slowly to raise the minimum wage, 50 cents at a time. According to the Sacramento Bee, California is one of many states that raised their minimum wage at the beginning of the year to create a raise in wages that totals nearly $1.5 billion a year. By 2022, California will be at a $15 per hour minimum wage which is far beyond the federal standard of $7.25.
Donald Trump hasn't explicitly stated his opinion on raising the minimum wage. While Trump has sad that people are being paid too much, he's suggested eliminating the federal minimum wage, and he's said that the federal minimum wage should be raised to $10 an hour. More states are likely to follow in the footsteps of California in this instance.Was this anti-Trump move bold?
The California State Protected Its Historical Sites And National ParksPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
In an attempt to ensure that government lands stay in the hands of the government and aren't transferred to a private owner, a legislature was drafted to keep California's national parks safe. In 2017, Governor Brown signed a law stating that the California state government receives the first right of refusal on any land that's being sold by federal officials. This may seem like an easy way for the government to make a land grab but it's actually the best way to make sure that no national parks or sites of historical relevance are sold off.
In September 2017, the Trump administration announced plans to strip federal protection from 10 national monuments. While only one of the sites in the proposed plan is in California, it still shows the possibilities of what's to come if states don't protect their national parks. According to the LA Times, under Trump's proposed plan multiple national parks would see their surface areas being decreased immensely.Was this anti-Trump move bold?
California Stayed In The Paris Agreement Despite Trump Pulling OutPhoto: CBS Sacramento / YouTube
The Paris Agreement is a worldwide accord essentially stating that every nation who agrees to the treaty will work together to lower emissions and shrink the world's carbon footprint. In 2017 President Trump pulled America out of the agreement but California lawmakers made sure to let the world know where they stood on the issue. California joined New York and Washington in order to bring the country to "Paris compliance" regardless of what the Trump administration wants to do. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, "Our message is clear to the world: Americans are with you, even if the White House isn't."
When Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement he claimed that it was due to the heavier financial burden being placed on America that was absent from smaller countries and that America was tired of being a laughingstock of the UN. "We don't want other countries and other leaders to laugh at us anymore." He has also noted that any action by the federal government to halt or even slow down scientific progress was both "dangerous and myopic."Was this anti-Trump move bold?
Jerry Brown Would Only Send Troops To The Border On His Terms, Not Trump's
Keeping up with his strong policy against illegal immigration, Trump announced he would be deploying the National Guard in various borders across the country in April 2018. At first, Jerry Brown was relatively compliant with this request. He agreed to send troops to the border, with the caveat they would not participate in immigration enforcement, and Trump even praised Brown on Twitter for this move. However, on April 16, 2018, California's National Guard informed Homeland Security the soldiers would not comply with requests to monitor surveillance cameras, perform maintenance, adn transport US border agents. The move incensed Trump, who sent out an angry tweet the following day condemning Brown's actions.Was this anti-Trump move bold?