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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]

All This and Feng Shui, Too
Yes, California, these are your leaders hard at work...

[John Campbell] 2/17/04

Workers Compensation Insurance: Committee hearings began yesterday in the Assembly to hear the Governor's proposal to reform the worker's compensation insurance system. The Governor's reforms would cut premiums in half according to estimates. The Governor has asked for action by March 1st or he will begin to circulate an initiative to put the reforms before the voters on the November ballot. In the hearings, everyone, pro and con, agreed that the premiums were too high. The opponents to the Governor's measure (basically only trial lawyers and unions) argue that rates are too high because the insurance companies are "ripping off" businesses. Oh yeah. That's why many of them are now bankrupt because they have been making excessive profits. Furthermore, some 60% or the total worker's comp market in California is either self-insured (where there is no insurance company) or State Fund, which is the state-run insurance company. So the trial lawyers and unions are basically saying that the state is ripping off employers and that they are ripping themselves off. It is all just a smoke screen to cover up the myriad of problems in the system that encourage or reward fraud, abuse and waste.

California Performance Review: This is the name given to the Governor's new initiative to look at completely restructuring the 419 departments, agencies and commissions that exist in state government with a goal of eliminating waste and duplication and of making government more efficient. Now, I know that some of you think that government efficiency is an oxymoron. I'm not so sure that's true. But even if it is, we can still improve the system over where it is today. This will be a 6 month project funded within existing budgets that has the potential to save billions of dollars without cutting back services. If any of you have specific ideas of duplications, waste, etc., please e-mail them to me.

CTA: The California Teacher's Association is running ads to support the striking grocery workers. If you are a teacher, are you happy to see your union dues going for this? What does this have to do with education? Obviously, nothing. And it is more proof that the CTA is all about labor and not about education.

Feng Shui: Finally, Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shoo-ay) is a Chinese mystical way of tracking "life force energy flows" in and out of places. For example, a fountain that flows towards a building is good Feng Shui because the life force is going into the building whereas the reverse, which allows life force to flow out is bad Feng Shui. In the midst of all our state problems, Assemblyman Yee (D-San wherever) has introduced a bill (ACR 144 ) to urges that all newly constructed state buildings consider Feng Shui in the design and construction thereof. (Heavy Sigh) No, I do not make this stuff up. Should we also have an on-site medicine man to drive away evil spirits?

Until next week, that's all for this week.



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