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'Jobs, jobs, jobs' is state's highest priority, Schwarzenegger says

Original post made on Jan 7, 2010

In Wednesday morning's State of the State address, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger drew upon pigs, ponies, prisons and priorities to push a slate of economic proposals for his final year in office.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:08 pm

It is so simple a kindergartner could figure this out;
1) Cut Spending. Don't freeze it. Cut it. The state outspent inflation for many years.
2) Cut taxes and eliminate all ridiculous regulations on businesses (workers comp)
3) Decriminalize marijuana. Tax it and reduce prison costs for low-level marijuana dealers.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 8, 2010 at 9:03 am

A kindergartner could figure out your third point? I don't want my kid going to your kid's kindergarten.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 8, 2010 at 10:23 am

OK Steve- Let's look at your plan to balance the budget.

1) Cut spending - wow, that is so insightful. What should we cut? How about road and bridge repair, fire, police, or education, or healthcare for children? I'm sure you do not need any of these services.

2) Cut taxes - wow, you are on a roll. Now we have cut taxes, how do we pay for all those non-essential services like fire, police, 911 operators, schools, bridge repair? Who care, we don't really need those services. If your house catches on fire, just use your garden hose to put it out. Oh wait, the water district is subsidized by taxes and was cut in your budget plan. Oops.

3) OK, I actually agree with you on this one. If alcohol and cigarettes are legal and taxable, then pot should be to.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm


Go to the Alameda County website and search for the top paid public employees. It boggles the mind how many Fire Chiefs are pulling down $250k + per year, over half of which is overtime pay. So again you ask if cuts in spending need to be made to fire or police (especially the prison guards) - yes, yes they do.

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Posted by Big Poppa
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm


When you cut taxes people are able to keep more of their money. When people have more money in their pocket they feel comfortable and buy more. When people spend their money they create more tax revenue for the Gov't. It happenes every time taxes have been cut.

When taxes are high or increased people don't spend their money they save it just like I'm doing which is the only good thing about the Democrats being in charge. Since Obama has been in office I've stopped all non essential spending and have saved over 15,000. Good for me but bad for the economy.

Gov't burecracy is full of waste and there are a lot of non essential people who have jobs.

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Posted by Accountability
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm

If we are going to survive we must move from being a welfare state. 40% of Californian's pay zero income tax!!! That is ridiculous. We should go to a flat tax of 10% across the board.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

The proposed budget reforms to education are good. Read about it:
Web Link

From reforms to seniority rules to reforms to substitute teacher regulations, they are all good and will benefit our school district, both financially and by allowing us to keep the good teachers regardless of seniority.

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Posted by Seriously?
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Big Poppa-I believe that Bush Sr proved that trickle down economics does not work. In times of economic uncertainty, people save their money they do not spend it.

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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm


No you are wrong, Ronald Reagan proved trickle down economics does work and he proved it by saving our economy from democrat, Jimmy Carter by reducing taxes and giving money back to the people so they could spend it as they so choose.

Bush Sr. raised taxes which proved his undoing.

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