Arnold Schwarzenegger on Jobs

Republican CA Governor

$500M jobs package, plus $10K homebuyer tax credits

Source: California 2010 State of the State Address , Jan 6, 2010

CA Governor just presides over lifetime union bureaucracies

Unions are so powerful in California that even popular governors do not effectively control the state government. The real power lies in the unions, which have invested more and more in politics as their popularity among workers has declined. They have replaced worker representation at the local level with political power in state capitals.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the most charismatic California governor since Ronald Reagan, does not run California government. He presides over lifetime bureaucracies defined and dominated by unions and interest groups. When the former movie star staked his political capital on passing a series of initiatives to tame California's public employee unions, he lost and they won. In Sacramento, the head of the prison guards' union is more powerful than the governor.

Source: Real Change, by Newt Gingrich, p. 33 , Dec 18, 2007

Workers’ compensation in California is way too high

Our businesses are moving away because we’re not competitive in worker’s compensation. There is tremendous fraud here and all those kind of things. I’ll create real worker’s compensation. Cut the costs in half. That’s what we need to do. I visited companies here in California. I visited the farmers and the small companies, big companies, vendors and all this stuff. Every one is saying the same thing. That workers’ compensation is way too high. We’re paying three times the amount of the national average. And so no matter where I go in the state, it is the same thing, that workers’ compensation is killing businesses. And we have to stop and reverse that.
Source: Recall Debate, Cal. State Univ. at Sacramento , Sep 24, 2003

Immediately reform workers’ compensation system

The day I am sworn in, I will call a special session of the Legislature to reform our inefficient and costly workers’ compensation system. I will order an outside, independent audit of the state budget so we can get a clear picture- uncluttered by politics and special interest influence-of how we can bring spending under control without neglecting our most important obligations. And I will send a message to the political class that it will no longer be business as usual.
Source: 2003 Gubernatorial campaign website, JoinArnold.com , Aug 29, 2003

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Jerry Brown
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Barbara Boxer
Dianne Feinstein

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
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OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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