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Schwarzenegger sees crisis as opportunity to make government more efficient, innovative

Original post made on Jun 2, 2009

Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger Tuesday urged legislators to put aside their idelogical differences in order to make tough decisions about cutting programs, reducing the state payroll and consolidating departments to deal with the state's $42-billion budget deficit.

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Comments (8)

Posted by coometns, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:45 pm

How can anyone comment on such gibberish?

Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 3, 2009 at 5:39 am

Gibberish? The California Senate passed SB250 onto the State Assembly while we're facing this fiscal crisis. In my opinion, the budget should be what these folks are working on at this point in time -- yet this bill is still being discussed.

I commend Arnold for TRYING to bring the attention back to where it should be -- balancing the budget, making tough cuts in programs, and having our elected officials work on those things that really matter to the people of what used to be the Great State of California.

While everyone moans about Measure G, remember THESE are the things that will truly affect your property values. If our elected officials don't sit up and pay attention, balance the budget and move forward, no one's property will be worth squat -- regardless of where you live in this state. Who the heck is going to willingly move to a bankrupt state?

Posted by Californian, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2009 at 8:54 am

I believe there should be increased taxes on everyone else, but not on me. And I want more services. Like Professor Gumby said, "I think there should be a tax on all foreigners living abroad."

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

Listen to Arnold, please! He makes sense: cutting redundant boards and commissions, etc.

How can they cut from education (teachers, classroom) when they have the county of education which does nothing and has too many people collecting fat paychecks?

It is not just about cutting, but cutting in the right places.

The unions too, need to be reformed. NO more people (firefighters, etc) retiring with 200K salaries at the age of 50 just because incompetent Davis made a deal with the unions just to get elected.

Reform, cut unnecessary spending and stop punishing the children - no more cuts to education!

Posted by ha ha, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2009 at 10:30 am

Right! I'm supposed to listen to a body builder/actor type as if he knows what he is talking about. Gimme a break!

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Ha Ha:

Arnold has good ideas, but the unions and others who would lose their perks oppose them.

Arnold's ideas included (back a few years ago) merit pay for teachers, but of course the unions were against that.

We pay more taxes than other states, yet, where does the money go? Oh yeah: unions' unreasonable contracts like pensions, counties of education and other agencies that do absolutely nothing productive, you can keep going.

It is time to listen to the man we elected after we recalled the worse governor ever: Davis.

Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm

haha - I'm not suggesting you listen to him. It's your choice. One of those great things about being an American -- CHOICE.

Keep in mind a man who started out as an actor with a chimp for a pal went on to be California's Governor. From there he went to the White House and some view him as one of the Country's greatest Presidents.

If "Bedtime for Bonzo" is viewed that way, there is hope for "The Terminator."

Posted by FreeDumb, a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Jun 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm

The Republican party is doomed. They only thing they can do is drag everyone else down with them. Reagan started the failed ideology of the government being the problem. I have news, it is the Republicans who are the problem.

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