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John Campbell

John Campbell (R-Irvine) is an Assemblyman representing the 70th District in Orange County. Mr. Campbell is the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. He is the only CPA in the California State legislature and recently received a national award as Freshman Republican Legislator of the Year. He represents the cities of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods and Lake Forest. He can be reached through his Assembly website and through the website for his California Senate campaign. [go to Campbell index]

New Year's Resolutions
Sacramento needs to get it together...

[John Campbell] 1/27/04

I would like to suggest some New Year's Resolutions for the California State Legislature to adopt. OK. So, I know you are supposed to do these sorts of things right on January 1st. But the legislature rarely does anything on time so better late than never. Here goes:

1) Pass something like the Governor's budget that balances this year's budget without tax increases. You can never expect that it will be exactly what the Governor has proposed but he has laid out a blueprint that works. And by the way, pass that budget on time.

2) Enact real worker's compensation reform and soon. This is universally recognized as the single biggest impediment to job and economic growth in California. If this doesn't happen, the Governor and the people will just go around the legislature again and get it done by initiative. And if the legislature can't do this, the public should question if they can do anything positive.

3) Add tort reform, tax reform and energy reform as the next steps after fixing worker's compensation. We've already had an energy crisis and we will have another without some regulatory change in this arena. Other forms of insurance are following worker's comp in increases and availability because of ever increasing abusive lawsuits. We can collect the same amount of tax in this state with a lot less cost, administration and disincentives to growth if we streamline the system.

4) Change the structure of government by eliminating many duplicative and wasteful departments and agencies and enact a real cap on state spending to force government to be efficient or watch its functions dwindle.

5) Finally, repeal a bunch of the harm done in the last few years. Much of the flurry of legislation passed in Davis' last couple of years is just now starting to hurt people. Some candidates for repeal are a bill which raised worker's comp costs for temporary employment agencies (AB 2816), two bills which will create lots of new junk lawsuits against businesses (SB 796 and AB 76), a bill which mandates supervisors join unions and pay union dues (AB 1141), and a bill requiring contracts to be printed in 5 languages (AB 309 ). But there are lots more.

6) Lose weight and exercise. (just kidding!!! All New Year's resolutions contain this, don't they?) I know what you're thinking. You are thinking that this all sounds good but is very unlikely. You are thinking that I have spent too much time listening to Howard Dean's jungle cry and it's affected my judgment. Well, maybe. But the people want most of this to happen. A year ago, did you think Arnold Schwarzenegger would be Governor now? California is a place of constant change. And Californians want the legislature to change now. Legislators would be wise to take heed.



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