In a letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last week, L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich outlined strategies to help California recover from this year's budget crisis.
"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," said Antonovich.
He urged 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. (See attached advertisements.)
"Providing incentives for businesses will stimulate enterprise and competition," he 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."