Skip to comments.Schwarzenegger Aide Offers First List of Proposed Budget Cuts
Posted on 11/26/2003 9:21:18 AM PST by Libertarian444
Schwarzenegger Aide Offers First List of Proposed Budget Cuts By DEAN E. MURPHY
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 25 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's finance director asked lawmakers on Tuesday to approve a stark economic bailout package that includes sharp cuts in programs for the poor and the disabled while borrowing large amounts of money from transportation projects to cover other spending.
The finance director, Donna Arduin, presented the Legislature with $3.8 billion in suggested cuts over the next year, the first specific reductions that Mr. Schwarzenegger has proposed since becoming governor on Nov. 17.
Mr. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, had promised in his recall campaign to make ferreting out waste in government spending a priority.
An analysis of the 38 proposed cuts by the California Budget Project, a research group in Sacramento, showed that 42 percent of the reduced spending would be from health and social services and nearly 25 percent from transportation.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
And just who is this unbiased "research group"?? Well, let's have a lookee here:
CBP Staff Jean Ross, Executive Director
Jean M. Ross is the founding Executive Director of the California Budget Project. Her prior professional experience includes serving as Principal Consultant to the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee; Senior Consultant to the Assembly Human Services Committee, where she staffed the California Legislature's Joint Select Committee on the Changing Family; and Assistant Research Director of the Service Employees International Union in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for coordinating the union's research on tax, budget, and employment policy issues. Jean serves on the Board of the Washington, DC-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the Advisory Committee of California's Franchise Tax Board, and the Board of the California Tax Reform Association. Ms. Ross is a frequent speaker on workforce and fiscal policy issues and has published numerous reports and articles on fiscal and economic policy issues. Ms. Ross graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz and has a master's degree in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Regional Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Ross was selected as a Senior Fellow of the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research in 2000-01.
Barbara Baran, Associate Director
Barbara joined the California Budget Project as Associate Director in 2003. For the prior twenty years, she worked in the fields of workforce and economic development, as an academic, senior administrator, and national consultant. For much of that time, she served as Vice President of the Industrial Services Program and then its successor organization, the Corporation for Business, Work, and Learning (CBWL). CBWL was a $200 million quasi-public corporation in Massachusetts, with both a workforce development and economic development mission. After leaving CBWL, Dr. Baran was a founding partner of Workfoce Learning Strategies, a national consulting organization dedicated to helping policymakers, community, business, and labor leaders develop strategies to ensure decent work and income for all citizens. Dr. Baran's work has included policy analysis, program evaluation, technical assistance, and academic research. She holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in City and Regional Planning, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Rebecca Gonzales, Outreach Coordinator
Rebecca Gonzales joined the California Budget Project as the Outreach Coordinator in 1998. She is primarily responsible for conducting training sessions on the state budget process as well as other major policy issues that are before the California Legislature. Prior to her tenure with the CBP, Ms. Gonzales worked for the California State Assembly for nine years. Rebecca's most recent position with the Legislature was as Chief-of-Staff for Assemblymember Antonio Villaraigosa, who went on to become the Speaker of the State Assembly. Prior to her position with Assemblymember Villaraigosa, Ms. Gonzales worked for five years with then Majority Floor Leader, Assemblymember Tom Hannigan, as a Legislative Assistant and Policy Analyst. Her tenure with the Legislature started at the Speaker's Office of Majority Services, under then Speaker Willie Brown, as a consultant. Ms. Gonzales also worked for CalPIRG, the California Public Interest Group, as a Campus Organizer at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
Scott Graves, Policy Analyst
Scott Graves is a policy analyst specializing in welfare reform policy. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin. He previously worked as a researcher for the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Consumers Union, and the Public Policy Clinic at UT Austin, and was a California Executive Fellow placed at the Trade and Commerce Agency during 1999-2000.
Jacqueline Hills, Intern
Jacqueline joined the California Budget Project in November 2002. Prior to her internship at the CBP, she worked as a Training Coordinator for an employment and labor law firm. Jacqueline also worked as an Editorial Associate for the American Journal of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. She graduated with her B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina State University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) at California State University, Sacramento.
Agnes Lee, Project Director
Agnes Lee currently works for the California Budget Project (CBP) on health and human services issues. Before joining the CBP, she was the Deputy Secretary for the California Health and Human Services Agency where she provided oversight for the various health and human services programs in the state. Prior to that, she worked for the Assembly Budget Committee in the areas of human services, employment and mental health. She has also been a fiscal and policy analyst with the California Legislative Analysts Office, working on human services issues. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
John Lewis, Development Director
John joined the California Budget Project in 2003 to work on fund development. Prior to joining the CBP he was administrator for the Oregon Center for Public Policy, where he worked on everything from network administration to fundraising, and where he coordinated the Oregon Tax Credit Outreach coalition. He spent five years as a senior legislative assistant for two Oregon State Representatives and has been a campaign manager, neighborhood activist, and volunteer tax preparer. Until recently John served on the three-year grants committee for A Territory Resource, a social justice foundation in Seattle, Washington. He holds a Bachelors degree in English Literature from Reed College and a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University.
Matt Mitchell, Senior Policy Analyst
Matt joined the California Budget Project in 2003 to work on labor market analysis and policy issues connected to income support for the working poor. He migrated to the CBP from New York City, where he worked for several years on urban economic development issues, most recently as Labor Market Analysis Project Director for the Fiscal Policy Institute. In the early 1990s, Matt coordinated development of a statewide wetlands conservation strategy at the California Resources Agency. He holds an undergraduate degree from Pomona College and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Erin Riches, Senior Policy Analyst
Erin has been with the California Budget Project (CBP) since January 1999. Prior to joining the CBP, she spent nearly a decade in the California State Assembly, working in the offices of Assembly Democratic Services, Speaker Willie Brown, Democratic Floor Analysis, and Assemblymember Michael Sweeney. Erin earned a Bachelor's degree in History and International Relations from UC Davis and a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from CSU Sacramento. At CBP, she covers the issue areas of housing and redevelopment, local government, economic development, state operations, and higher education.
So why does the NYTimes care so much about California ?
Obviously they covered all the Gray Davis excess spending that Schwarzenegger was elected to cut back.
It is good to see him delivering.
Having re-read the article, I, too, guess that is your point.
Arnie DEFUNDED the leftie union research offices at UC Berkeley (peoples republic off) and an UCLA (in la la land)
These are extreeme LEFTIE organizations that organize pickets, strikes and ourher union related activities ON YOUR TAX DOLLAR.
A good start...
Lets defund all the Vasconcellos self esteeme programs also.