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What’s in Store? Only Time Will Tell
By Dominic DiMare Legislative Advocate for PCOC
The 2009-2010 legislative session is drawing to a close and so too is the tenure of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2011, we know for sure that nearly a third of all legislators will be freshmen, that we will have elected either California’s first woman or most seniorserving governor and that there will still be a sizable budget deficit.
Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown are squaring off to be the next governor. You are probably thinking, “Why would anyone want to inherit the mess that the current Legislature and Schwarzenegger Administration have created?” Well, we don’t have the answer to that question but here is what we do know… Meg Whitman has an extensive media campaign and is spending what it takes to win this race – as of August, she had spent about $70 million and is looking to bankroll the remainder of her campaign with whatever it takes. Whitman is running as the sincere businesswoman with the goal of making government more efficient and helping restore the luster to the California dream. It is safe to speculate that Whitman will not have the same environmental policies as Gov. Schwarzenegger. Her legacy will not be built on passing (or protecting) groundbreaking environmental initiatives. Her efforts will be focused on rebuilding the state’s economy through job creation and reducing the state’s budget deficit. Furthermore, Whitman announced over the summer that if elected, she would put a moratorium on all pending regulations until they have been comprehensively reviewed for their impacts to businesses and jobs.
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Jerry Brown’s campaign does not have the limitless amounts of money that Whitman has, as is evident in the lack of television ad campaigns. But despite his smaller campaign war chest, latest polling shows the two in a dead heat. Brown is running on the premise that non-elected experience will lead us to the troubles that California faced via the Schwarzenegger Administration. He has held some
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Fall 2010
PCOC - Fall 2010
PCOC’s 2010 Convention and Tradeshow Highlights
Change or Be Changed by Change
Haiti Relief – More Important Than Ever
State Capitol Report
Index to Advertisers
PCOC - Fall 2010