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Governor Fights For Fair Share

Governor Schwarzenegger was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”. Here are his words:

“Hello, this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.

This week, I was in Washington D.C. with our legislative leaders to fight for California and for our fair share of federal funding.

One of the reasons for California’s $20 billion deficit is the global economic crisis. But, the federal government is another reason for our deficit and federal funds must be part of the solution

That is why I was in Washington calling upon California’s congressional delegation to join us in this fight.

Now we met with everyone, including: Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, our House Speaker, Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and so on.

Californians are counting on their leaders to step up to get what our state deserves.

I know that previous Governors have fought this same fight and ran into many obstacles. But that does not mean that we should give up.

Listen to this, during the Clinton Administration, California got back 94 cents for every dollar we sent to the federal government. Now we only get 78 cents.

Texas gets 94 cents, Florida, 97 cents and New Mexico gets more than $2.

Right now there are discriminatory formulas that force California to subsidize other states.

We are not asking for a handout or anything like that. We are just asking the federal government to pay us what we are owed for Medi-Cal, for federal education mandates, for incarcerating undocumented immigrants and so on.

California is not Washington. We do not have the luxury of printing money or running up trillion-dollar deficits.

And that is why Republicans and Democrats are setting aside partisanship, joining together and lifting up our voices.

Together we are a powerful voice that Washington can no longer ignore.

Thank you for listening.”

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

Written by mark@mlode.com