Schwarzenegger fails to deliver on central promise
May 17, 2010
During the insanity that became California’s recall campaign of 2003, candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger promised that he would bring spending in line with tax revenues and enact long-term budget reform.
Now, serving out his final year in office, Schwarzenegger faces an easier crazier deficit problem than what he inherited and has none of the major budgeting reforms he promised in place. [Associated Press]
Last Friday, the governor released his final budget, revealing a deficit that is more than a quarter of all general fund spending–and reminding voters that Schwarzenegger failed to achieve the central promise of his campaign.
“The single greatest rationale of the recall election was reforming an out-of-control state government,” said Dan Schnur, a former Republican strategist. “Right now, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.”
Though observers argue that Schwarzenegger can not be blamed for the consequences of a recession, had the governor implemented the changes he advocated, the state would be in far better financial shape.