Per the www.joinarnold.com site (and this is a slide show list, folks - no particulars) - Arnie's list in caps, my comments follow each item.
1. REPEAL GRAY DAVIS' TRIPLING OF THE CAR TAX
Where do you get the 4.2 billion to replace it? Good question. Do you repeal the tax before you figure this out? Should be interesting.
2. FREEZE SPENDING AND LAUNCH AUDIT OF THE STATE BUDGET
Consider it done - in the first place, Davis *already froze* spending, so Arnie doesn't have to do anything there but set up the audit and take credit for all of it.
3. CALL SPECIAL SESSION AND MAKE SPENDING CUTS TO ADDRESS IMBALANCE (does this include the $4 billion lost on the car tax?)
4. GET OUR FAIR SHARE OF INDIAN GAMING REVENUE
Anything the Indians give the state is voluntary (they're federal not state jurisdiction), and an increase would also be voluntary, as Indian gaming is outside the state purview completely.
5. RENEGOTIATE STATE EMPLOYEE UNION CONTRACTS TO GET A BETTER DEAL FOR THE TAXPAYERS.
Mercifully, my union, CSEA, already concluded a deal for a 2-year contract, so I hope Arnie can't touch this one - we've already had to deal with salary freezes, layoffs and benefit cuts - and in direct contradiction to what every politician mouths, there are fewer teachers per student this year because there's no other way to work with the two years of budget cuts we've already experienced.
6. PASS A JOBS PACKAGE WITH REAL WORKER'S COMP REFORM.
A Workers' Comp reform bill had already passed, and everyone agrees there's more work to be done, so yes - but it won't be Arnie's doing, since it's already in the works
7. SUBMIT 04-05 BUDGET THAT CLOSES DEFICIT & RESTRUCTURES INHERITED DEBT
8. STREAMLINE BUREAUCRACY AND SEND MORE MONEY TO THE CLASSROOM (see number 2 above - it's hard to reconcile the reality with the promise, but we'll see)
9. REPEAL SB-60, THE LAW THAT GIVES DRIVER'S LICENSES TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
(I agree with him on this one - sort of. It's a huge problem in this state for the simple reason that illegal immigrants drive regardless. I think the legislature was trying to hem them in so that they would at least have to pass a driving test to be able to drive. But I think a more appropriate first step would be to legalize them so they can start paying their fair share into the system to help offset the enormous amount of benefits they're draining out of it.)
10. PASS OPEN GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT AND BAN FUNDRAISING DURING THE BUDGET PROCESS.
I'm with him on part 1 in theory. Which documents do you make public? How do you protect individual privacy?
Part 2, IMHO, is naïve. All legislators are influenced by some combination of special interest groups, and banning fundraising during the budget process is going to make them any less in the pocket of their particular groups.
So the end of February, beginning of March we can do an Arnie report card and see how he does.
Edited to fix typo
Edited by Rhea, 09 October 2003 - 10:34 AM.