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Jan 30, '05Note the intent to go national, the staggering ego, the new disclosure on how much corporate money he has raised, and his escalating attack on unions, the teachers union in particular
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Governor displays unshakable faith that he alone can achieve state reforms.
By JIM HINCH
The Orange County Register
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday vowed to wage a "national battle" to promote his budget policies and said he is comfortable raising money from "special interests" to take his proposals to the people in the form of ballot initiatives.
Speaking for more than an hour to The Orange County Register editorial board as part of a statewide publicity blitz, Schwarzenegger simultaneously pleaded for "help" achieving his fiscal reforms and displayed the towering self-confidence that propelled him from starring in action movies to ruling the world's sixth-largest economy.
After deriding legislators as idea-less schmoozers incapable of standing up to teachers and other interest groups, he boasted that he can lead the state to fiscal solvency because, "I am the most successful, probably, of the people in Hollywood ... at making money and keeping the money."
He said voters should support his reform proposals - which include limiting guarantees on education funding, capping state spending and privatizing future public-employee pensions - because he will be the only person in California's future able to make fundamental changes.
"If I cannot change it, no one ever will," he said.
Asked whether he considers his campaign contributors - including the state's Chamber of Commerce, whose member companies have donated millions - to be special interests, Schwarzenegger replied, "Of course."
But then he distinguished himself from legislators, who he said "get intimidated" by corporations and unions "throwing their money around" and allowing such interests to dictate policies.
Schwarzenegger said his special interests "pay for (Schwarzenegger-sponsored ballot) initiatives because it is good for everybody; it's good for the state. That's what we use the money for. ... But they know that there is no favors for anybody because I cannot be bought."
Since running for office, Schwarzenegger - who in 2002 ranked 30th, not first, on Forbes magazine's list of the nation's 100 best-paid celebrities - has raised more than $50 million from some of California's largest corporations, including many seeking to secure business or change unfavorable regulations.
Schwarzenegger said he is taking his case to editorial boards in part to undercut the message from teachers and other public employees that his budget priorities hurt schools and state workers.
"I believe in promoting, publicizing, marketing my ideas and our policies and our recommendations on how to fix the state - the same way as you do with a movie or any product," he said.
He said parents who say he broke a school funding deal he made with educators last year are simply being fed inaccurate information by the teachers union. Schwarzenegger has proposed increasing school spending this year by $2.9 billion - $1.1 billion per year less than educators say the deal entitled them to.
Schwarzenegger said he explained all this to parents while dropping off his own kids at their private school in Brentwood.
He said his proposal to privatize future public-employee pensions will attract unions from around the nation afraid that the idea could spread to other states.
"This is a national battle, like the recall was," he said.
Then, perhaps tipping his hat about when he wants to call a special election to bypass the Legislature and take his reform proposals to the ballot, he said: "We're going to have a good time with this journey, the next nine months, 10 months."
Feb 14, '05http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6967026/
'Blowing up boxes' hits business allies too
By Timothy Roberts
SILICON VALLEY/SAN JOSE BUSINESS JOURNAL
Updated: 7:00 p.m. ET Feb. 13, 2005
Business interests that have steadfastly supported Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to hold down taxes and streamline government regulation are beginning to have second thoughts now that the governor is taking on services that directly affect business.
Mr. Schwarzenegger wants to eliminate or consolidate 88 state boards and commissions. Many of them would hardly be missed by most business owners and chief executives. But the elimination of a handful poses some serious questions.
One consolidation plan would merge the appeals boards for workers' comp, unemployment insurance and OSHA into a single employment and benefits appeals board.
Employers wonder if they would get a fair hearing on workers' compensation appeals or unemployment insurance disputes if separate boards are no longer dedicated to those issues?
Professional groups, including teachers, accountants and nurses, are also raising questions about the governor's plans, fearing that inspectors who verify compliance with state standards will be spread too thin....
...In a later interview, Mr. Aguiar said he thought he had made it clear that he was talking about cross-training in related fields.
"There's no reason the person who investigates medical doctors shouldn't be able to investigate nurses," he said.
Nurses are not so sure.
"Including the (California) Board of Registered Nursing in his elimination plans is part of his overall attack on nurses," says Charles Idelson, spokesman for the California Nurses Association.
The nurses and the governor have been at odds over standards for nurse-patient ratios.
Speaking on KTKZ radio in Sacramento on Feb. 8, Mr. Schwarzenegger, said a battle is being waged between the "the governor and the people against the powerful special interests."
He singled out nurses, saying, "They want to tear me down, but they can't tear me down."
Feb 14, '05Hmm. Sounds like he wants to combine lots of agencies into a few 'huge' ones...one board that regulates doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers for one.
Maybe it would stop some of the ridiculous actions against nurses that state boards everywhere seem to delight in...they won't have as much time to focus. Just looking at a positive, partially tongue in cheek of course...but I am not a fond of state BON's in general. Perhaps if our regulatory board adopted a more MD- board-like approach, more good nurses would remain in the profession. Just a thought.
I don't live in Cali but I know the state has lots of fiscal problems due to huge overhead in government agencies, etc, and the taxpayers wanted 'less' government and 'less' taxes, so some of this stuff Arnie is doing seems justified IMO. We'll see what transpires.