Taxpayer Advocates Urging Governor to Eliminate Waste

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
The authors of a compilation of reports on government waste say some real spending reforms could come, if Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger does as he’s said he’d do and takes proposals to state voters. Jon Coupal (koo-PAHL) with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association says if the legislature does not act, an initiative is need to approve spending and structural changes put forth in the California Performance Review. Cut: JonC2 (:09) “Putting it on the ballot is expensive but I think you would have a wide amount of support including from us on that. And if it’s on the ballot I see it passing in a heartbeat.” Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to introduce a number of proposals that could be enacted by the legislature, by executive order or at the department level. In anticipation of re-organization proposals, the Little Hoover Commission is holding public hearings this week on the subject. SOC