Gov. Schwarzenegger Calls Special Statewide Election For Nov. 8 On Multiple Hot Button Ballot Measures
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(June 13, 2005) -- CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a proclamation calling a statewide special election for November 8, 2005 that will allow voters to be heard on multiple hot-button ballot measures.
In a simultaneous broadcast and webcast from the Ronald Reagan Cabinet Room in the State Capitol, Governor Schwarzenegger said:
When I was elected governor I said I would put California's financial house in order and reform a government that no longer listened to the people.,.Without reform, we are destined to relive the past all over again -- 22 billion dollar deficits, higher car taxes and the threat of bankruptcy. We cannot just stand around while our debt grows each year by billions of dollars.
In my State of the State speech in January, I said that if the Legislature did not act on reforms this year, the people of California would. I still hope the Legislature will join me so we can go to the ballot together with a bipartisan plan. But one way or another, there will be action this year and there will be reform.
The Governor's proclamation specifies a number of hot button issues for the Nov. 8, 2005 statewide ballot:
1067. Termination of Minor's Pregnancy. Waiting Period and Parental Notification. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
1084. Public Employee Union Dues. Required Employee Consent for Political Contributions. Initiative Statute.
1088. Public School Teachers. Waiting Period for Permanent Status. Dismissal. Initiative Statute.
1072. Reapportionment. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
1131. School Funding. State Spending. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
The Governor's proclamation also notes that several initiative measures are currently before the Secretary of State pending the verification of petition signatures...and a number of them may also qualify for the Nov. 8 special election:
1106. Prescription Drug Discounts. State-Negotiated Rebates. Initiative Statute.
1114. Electric Service Providers. Regulation. Initiative Statute.
1129. Prescription Drugs. Discounts. Initiative Statute.
The Governor's proclamation requires that the 2006-2007 State budget provide funds to reimburse local agencies for costs incurred by the election. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson has estimated the cost of the special election to be $44.7 million.
The Governor said, "This election will cost the state about $1.25 for every Californian. But its reforms will fix our broken system, save the state billions of dollars and strengthen California's future," continued Governor Schwarzenegger. "Our broken state government will be modernized and revitalized and the people will be heard."
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