Governor Schwarzenegger was Tuesdays KVML´s newsmaker. Here are his words:
Hi, this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.
Late budgets are nothing new to Sacramento. It´s been 22 years since the legislature last passed a budget by its constitutional deadline of June 15.
And today, legislators set a new record for a late budget that is now more than
2 « months overdue.
The problem this year is we have a $15 billion deficit and legislators can´t agree how to close it.
Some want to do it mostly with spending cuts and irresponsible borrowing.
Others want to have a $10 billion tax increase and I´m talking about a permanent tax increase.
I don´t think either plan works and that´s why I have proposed a compromise, a proposal that comes down right in the middle.
It includes a temporary tax increase, cuts and most important of all, real budget reform and a rainy day fund so we don´t face this crisis every time the nation´s economy stalls.
In the meantime, people are hurting and everyday without a budget brings more pain.
More than 400 hospitals up and down the state are not getting paid.
Some rural hospitals are on the verge of shutting their doors completely.
Nursing homes and day care centers can´t survive much longer without a state budget.
Schools don´t know how much state funding they will get but one thing they know for sure, no budget could mean billions of dollars less for education.
And businesses that have contracts with the state aren´t getting paid and are struggling
to make their next payroll.
This madness has gone on far too long.
Republicans and Democrats must step out from their ideological corners and meet in the middle.
That is why I put my compromise on the table and it´s time for the legislature to pass it.
After all, the Democrats have brought their proposals up for a vote and they failed.
Republicans are working right now to fine-tune their plan but their proposal just continues the Sacramento tradition of borrowing and kicking the can down the alley. As I have said before that tradition must end this year.
Neither the Democrats´ budget nor the Republicans´ have the necessary votes and both sides know it.
So again, I say to the legislators, pass my budget compromise.
And I say to you, the great people of California: I need your help.
For too long our budget problems have been a massive weight, holding us down, keeping us from climbing toward that brighter future.
This year, we must finally do the heavy lifting and throw that weight off our backs.
But I can´t do it alone. I need you to call and write the legislators.
Tell them to put aside the partisan rancor, meet in the middle, get this budget done
and fix the broken system, once and for all.
Thank you for listening.
The Newsmaker of the Day can be heard each weekday morning at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47 on AM-1450 KVML.
Written by Mark Truppner