Governor Schwarzenegger was Tuesdays KVML´s newsmaker. For this week´s California Report, here are Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger´s remarks, recorded Friday afternoon in the State Capitol, on the new budget agreement for California:
I am very glad that the legislature has finally agreed to improve the budget and to end this long impasse so that California can again pay its bills.
Passing the budget, I think, is a huge accomplishment. Not because they got rid of the structural problem that we have, because they didn´t.
But there were great things accomplished.
First of all, we were able to push back on various different things that they had in mind in order to fill the budget hole.
We pushed back so they didn´t take local money. We pushed back so they didn´t take transportation money.
And we also pushed back so they didn´t take the people´s paychecks and take money out of the paychecks.
And we replaced the fake budget reforms with real budget reforms that have teeth.
This will finally put California´s budget on the path toward long-term stability.
We all know that we were fighting for the rainy day fund and they have agreed to that.
This is very important, because this is something that governors have fought for since Earl Warren.
Earl Warren was the last governor and this goes back 60 years, when I was born, that had a rainy day fund, but since then governors have not.
They also agreed to allow us to have mid-year cuts, another important step toward budget stability.
Unfortunately, the legislature was not able to make the hard decisions to end our structural deficit and I will continue working with them on that problem until we get that done.
But this budget is an improvement over earlier versions.
And now that we have a budget, hospitals, nursing homes and day care centers and other services will be able to get paid.
Schools can get money they´ve been promised and California can fulfill its obligations in all those different areas.
With this long budget impasse behind us, I will continue now to build relationships again with our legislature, and continue fighting for more reforms and focus on California´s priorities, such as:
* Redistricting reform.
* Health care reform.
* A statewide water plan.
* Improving our education in our schools.
Thank you very much.
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