Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
January 15, 2009 For Immediate Release
ANTONOVICH RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR’S STATE OF THE STATE
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich issued the following response to Governor Schwarzenegger’s State of the State speech today:
“The crisis our state faces in Sacramento highlights the need for structural reform that includes a 2-year budget, a part-time legislature, an end to legislation that costs more to pass than the recipient receives – as well as an end to term limits.
A 2-year budget provides local government a consistent funding stream for it to prepare its own financial agenda for public safety, schools, libraries and parks. In addition, a part-time legislature would enable citizen lawmakers to bring valuable professional experience to the legislative process. Term limits have created instability to the process and an inexperienced legislature that is unable to govern effectively.
Also, it makes no sense for the State Legislature to spend $500,000 just to pass a bill allocating $100,000 for a library or municipal program when local government could use the entire $500,000 and pay directly for these types of services.”