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Antonovich calls for reforms to address state budget deficit

Posted: November 24, 2009 10:52 a.m.
Updated: November 25, 2009 5:00 p.m.
"As a new $21 billion state deficit looms, I urge you to develop, implement and support structural reforms to address our immediate crisis and provide a long term solution for future generations," Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said  in a letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urging the immediate implementation of the following recommendations:

- Eliminate state agencies with duplicative responsibilities

- Enact a 2-year budget

- Enact a part-time legislature

- Repeal term limits

- Reform civil service 

- Reduce costly legislation -- it currently costs $500,000 to pass a bill into law.

In addition to these vital reforms, Antonovich urged the Governor to:

- Reject the call of those who want to tax-and-borrow California into bankruptcy.

- Duplicate Nevada's efforts to attract California companies with business-friendly incentives including reduced taxes and regulation -- and an innovative marketing campaign.

"Providing incentives for businesses will stimulate enterprise and competition," Antonovich added. "New jobs will flood the marketplace and a broad base of revenue will expand to fill State coffers and lead to economic recovery and growth."


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