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Bill to kill Integrated Waste Management Board passes

Posted: July 30, 2009 4:18 p.m.
Updated: July 30, 2009 4:18 p.m.
Sacramento, Calif. - On Tuesday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation introduced by State Senator Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) to kill the state's Integrated Waste Management Board.

Senate Bill 63 was part of a budget solution to close California's $24 billion budget shortfall.

SB 63 eliminates the Integrated Waste Management Board, which pays members six-figure taxpayer-funded salaries to meet one or two times a month.

"Members of this board, who are mostly termed-out legislators, were making about twice as much as our teachers, police officers and fire fighters for less than half the amount of work," Senator Strickland stated in a news release. "Outrageous examples like this are part of the reason we face such a staggering budget deficit."

Strickland views the elimination of the Integrated Waste Management Board as a victory for all Californians.

"To keep a balanced budget, we must cut all wasteful government spending," Strickland said.

This bill has been a project of Strickland's for the past 10 years, since he was a member of the state Assembly, as a step toward ridding California's government of waste, fraud and abuse.

SB 63 is expected to take effect on Jan. 1, 2010.


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