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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

From Arnie's Campaign to Fix California

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Year of Reform Campaign UpdateJune 21, 2005
Last week was a busy week for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. As you have probably heard, on June 13th the Governor announced a Special Election for November 8th. Governor Schwarzenegger’s “Reform to Rebuild California” agenda includes three initiatives which would reform the state’s budget system, fix our current tenure system to improve education and take the redistricting process out of the hands of politicians to make them accountable to the people.
Last week also saw the launch of the brand new, revamped Join Arnold Web site. The site is a one-stop shop for everything you would ever need to know about the Governor’s reform agenda. The site will be updated daily so be sure to check back often for all of the latest news about Arnold and his campaign to bring true reform to California. To visit the site, just go to www.JoinArnold.com.
Here’s what the newspapers are saying about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s November 8th Special Election…
Under specious attacks from special interests,the governor forges ahead with special electionEditorial, June 14, 2005“The governor won a rare recall election on a reform platform. The Democratic-dominated Legislature has resisted reforms, and it's time to get them before the public. The California Constitution allows this process, just as it allows the public to elect spendthrift legislators. There's nothing improper about a special election such as this one…As the governor said, 'Without reforms we are destined to relive the past all over again.' On to November.”Special election will give Californians a chance to restore some reasonablenessEditorial, June 14, 2005
“Placing political redistricting powers in the hands of retired judges, as one of the initiatives would do, is widely favored by political moderates statewide. Extending the time needed to qualify for teacher tenure from two years to five would simply give schools more opportunity to evaluate educators before making a career-long commitment to them. And the flexible spending cap, Schwarzenegger's third measure, would prevent runaway deficits and give future governors more ability to make mid-year corrections.”
Notable New Coalition MembersOrganizations throughout California are pledging their support for the Governor’s reform agenda.
California Chamber of Commerce“We applaud Governor Schwarzenegger for his leadership in calling a special election for this November for voters to consider key initiatives that are important for the future of California’s economy – including the Live Within Our Means Act, and the measures focusing on teacher tenure and redistricting.
A special election is a key component to keeping California on the road to fiscal recovery. We cannot wait until the next election to enact the reforms needed to keep jobs in California because the longer we wait, the more tenuous our economic situation can become. We need these reforms, and we need them now.”– Allan Zaremberg, President, California Chamber of Commerce, Press Release June 13, 2005
California Business Properties Association“The people sent Governor Schwarzenegger to Sacramento to fix our broken budget and government system and restore a promising future for our state. The Governor has always said that if the politicians don’t do their job, the people will do it for them. And despite months of discussion about the need for reform the Legislature has failed to act.By calling a special election, the Governor is giving the people the opportunity to do what the Legislature was unable or unwilling to do – fix a broken system and secure a strong future for California.”– Rex Hime, President, California Business Properties Association, Press Release, June 13, 2005
Small Business Action Committee“Soon California voters will have the ability to choose whether they want our state to raise taxes in order to balance our budget or if the voters want to force our elected officials to live within our means. Our broken system created the most disastrous fiscal crisis California has ever seen. The cost of allowing that broken system to remain in place is far greater than the cost of a special election. Delaying reform until next June could cost taxpayers billions in taxes and more debt.”– Joel Fox, President, Small Business Action Committee, Press Release, June 13, 2005
California Bankers Association“We believe strongly that fiscal responsibility can and should be among the highest priorities for our state’s legislators and that Californians deserve a better budget process. Our current budgeting process costs taxpayers millions, delaying budget reform until next June would cost billions – the special election is a one-time cost which will eliminate these kinds of budget overruns in the future.”– California Bankers Association, Press Release, June 13, 2005
Thank you for your interest and support. If you would like further information on the initiatives Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supports or to join our team, please visit www.joinarnold.com.

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12 comments:

Sunny Mary said...

I really admire Arnold for trying to buck the system and defy the entrenched politicians that want to maintain the status quo. I believe he is a super intelligent man with a sensible plan to get California back on solid footing economically and politically. I pray he succeeds.

Melissa123 said...

I am a Republican and live in Cali. I disagree what arnold is doing. He is going after the wrong people teachers, nurses and policeman. Making teachers wait five years instead of two to become pernament, wont make difference.
I have worked for a school system in Southern Cali. I have reported bad teachers. One guy I worked for did nothing but his college homework. I reported him. It is up to the principals to do the firing. There needs to be some kind of law that hold the principal accoutable.
I do agree with the redistricting and will vote yes for that but on everything else it will be no.
The teachers unions is too powerful for Anorld to break it.

HarryO said...

I am really impressed with the job that Governor Arnold is doing - he has not backed down in the face of threats from liberals/Democrats and he is carring out the plan he was elected on. I spent so many years in depression about the state of things here is CA, but now I am encouraged - he is bringing real power to the real people of this state...

Goat said...

Melissa, the state can not afford the exorbitantly rich plans the unions pushed through their toy, Gray Davis. Teachers are being assessed a tax by the unions. It is not the people it is the public employee unions that are the problem not the employees. Is it fair to work 18 months and have healthcare for life even if you change jobs is that fair to the taxpayer who foots that bill?Is it fair to retire at 55 with 100% of your pay on my dollar? No it is not!

Melissa123 said...

Goat, Sorry I disagree. Teachers are already underpaided. Plus they spend their own money on supplies. He needs to go after the top administration. Goat I bet your view would be different if you were a teacher or worked in a classroom. Just so you know Anorld has already backed down from going after pensions and health benefits now he is just trying to change the number of years a it will take for a techer to be pernament. Greg again I bet you would have a different view if you were a teacher.

Melissa123 said...

Goat actually what you typed is incorrect you dont have health care for life if you change jobs you have to stay with the district for at least I think 15 years. I know this because my mom worked for the Los Angeles School District as a teacher and just retired.

Goat said...

Not according to state senator John Campbell and more than on resource. about 45-59% of what we spend on education actaully makes it to the classroom. My late father was a teacher, my mom worked for the school district and my sister has a degree in teaching. I have no knowledge. A 65% rule would be beneficial instead of paying for union beuracracy. California cannot afford the benefits the left gave their biggest contributer, the public employee unions. We cannot sustain the largesse and survive financially with out severely increasing taxes.

Melissa123 said...

Goat your are incorrect about the how health works. I know I worked for the school system and my mom just retired from la unfied. To get life time health benefits you have to work for the district at least fifteen years. Otherwise my mom would have quit a long time ago.

Goat said...

I have a little research to do so I get my names and figures correct,Melissa. This is discussed in length on a couple of the radio shows I listen to including Hugh Hewitt's. He is based in LA and sate sen. John Campbell is OC. Here is the cycle, we pay the teachers,the unions take more money out of the teachers check to fight for more money for the teachers check so they can take more out of it. I agree teachers are underpaid, the unions sure aren't.How do you feel about the paycheck protection initiative?

K. Bell said...

I am 100% behind the reforming of the way teachers are compensated here in CA. And, surprise, an article in the San Francisco Chronicle stated that in all the polls it showed that 70% were behind Arnold in this. And as far as compensation goes, it depends on the School District. One of my husbands life long best friends is a high school teacher and makes 75k for his 7 months of work. Ask the person who works in a management position how many hours a week are expected of them, and it isn't going to even be as low as 45 hours, more like 50 to 60 hours. Take their salaries and divide by the hours worked and take the salary of a teacher and the hours they work and viola! Yes, some teachers put in the extra hours, but most now do not. And take the actual number of hours per year and their salaries are not as lean as people like to make them out to be.

Melissa123 said...

Goat how can you be arguiing with someone who works for the school district(Lausd). You said that after two years you get life time benefits even if you get another job. That is not true. You have to work a certain ammount of years for the district in order to get life time benefits. I know because my mom just retired from the district. You have to work at least 15 years or longer in order to get them. Otherwise people would have been retiring a lot sooner. Goat, I think it would be wise to actually listen to someone who works for the district. Right now Anorld's polls are really low. He is going after the wrong people. I doubt he will get relected.

Melissa123 said...

Goat here is a website where you can read about how the health benefits for teachers retiring works. www.strs.org If it isnt org it is com.