What 'they' are saying about the budget – and 'they' should know.

Published: July 28, 2009

In just a few minutes I’ll be listening as the Governor discusses the newly signed California State Budget. This is bound to be entertaining as all get out – especially given the statements attributed to various and sundry about the event… Ain’t politics grand?

What They Are Saying…
The Job Is Not Done

Steinberg: We May Not Be Done Cutting Yet
“Still more cutting loomed. ‘Frankly, we may not be done (cutting) yet,’ Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg said after the agreement was reached. He said the state has confronted a $60 billion cumulative shortfall since Jan. 1.”
Anthony York, “Governor, Legislative Leaders Agree On Pain-Filled Budget,” Capitol Weekly, 7/20/09

Hollingsworth: This is Not An End All Be All Budget
“Still, legislative leaders wondered whether California’s fiscal troubles are over. … Added Senate Republican leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta: ‘This isn’t a be-all and end-all. It’s simply a solution to what we face today. We hope it lasts.'”
Peter Hecht and Steve Wiegand, “Lawmakers Send Budget To Schwarzenegger,” Sacramento Bee, 7/25/09

Governor: We Are Not Finished
“Schwarzenegger pushed for numerous changes to ‘business as usual’ in state government – from eliminating various commissions to killing automatic cost-of-living increases in welfare grants – as part of the deal to close a $26.3 billion shortfall. ‘Of course, it’s a never-ending process, so we should not think we’re finished with it, and we should continue reforming,’ Schwarzenegger said in a telephone interview Wednesday.”
Jim Sanders, “Schwarzenegger Claims Progress On Reform,” Sacramento Bee, 7/23/09

Sen. Feinstein: California Has A Cost-Of-Doing-Business Problem
“[California Senator Dianne] Feinstein said Gov. Schwarzenegger and the California Congressional delegation are examining the possible use of federal stimulus money or changes in state labor regulations to help save the plant and its 4,500 jobs and the thousands more that would be indirectly affected. … ‘But one of the things California has to come to grips with, is that the competition here is Kentucky and Mississppi, and you have this cost-of-doing-business problem,’ Feinstein said. ‘That’s a big problem.'”
Carolyn Lochhead, “Feinstein: High Costs In California May Be To Blame,” San Francisco Chronicle, 7/23/09

California Among Worst Business Climate In The Nation
“The state’s periodic social and economic upheavals have always generated that kind of media attention, something along the lines of ‘tarnish on the Golden State.’ But the current spate has an even edgier tone, suggesting that this time, it’s worse and at least semi-permanent. One example is California journalist and futurist Joel Kotkin, writing in Forbes magazine: ‘But the fundamental problem remains. California’s economy – once wondrously diverse with aerospace, high-tech, agriculture and international trade – has run aground. Burdened by taxes and ever-growing regulation, the state is routinely rated by executives as having among the worst business climates in the nation. No surprise, then, that California’s jobs engine has sputtered, and it may be heading toward 15 percent unemployment.'”
Dan Walters, “Out-of-States Gleefully Delve Into California’s Woes,” Sacramento Bee, 7/15/09

Additional Reforms Are Needed
“Against all odds, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature last week agreed on a revised budget that will end the state’s cash crisis, stave off insolvency and give the state some breathing room to regroup, then tackle the problem again in a few months. If the state’s finances were a hospital patient, they would be out of intensive care, in critical but stable condition, and still in need of life-saving surgery. The question now, for the entire state and not just its political class, is what kind of surgery will lead to the strongest long-term recovery.”
Editorial, “This State Budget Is Just The Beginning,” Sacramento Bee, 7/26/09

Last modified: November 13, 2019 at 4:51 pm | Originally published: July 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm
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