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John Campbell

John Campbell (R-Irvine) is a California State Senator representing the 35th District in Orange County. He represents the cities of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and Cypress. He can be reached through his Senate website and through the website for his California Senate campaign. [go to Campbell index]

A Busy Week
Deadlock, Loopholes, Blame Bush, CalPERS and Teachers' Union...

[John Campbell] 1/24/05

There are lots of things to talk about this week, so I will give to you quick...


Two weeks ago, I told you about the four big proposals issued by the Governor in the areas of the budget, education, pension reform, and redrawing legislative districts. But there will be other big issues raised either by the Governor or Democratic leadership or both. They are, in no particular order: Energy cost, availability, transmission and environmental impact; Affordable housing; Medical costs, insurance and prescription drugs; The California Performance Review "blowing up the boxes" and reorganizing government; Minimum wage; Driver's licenses for illegal aliens and Gay Marriage. Most of these issues are likely to wind up in deadlock or in initiatives on which you may be asked to vote later in the year. But a few, like energy and affordable housing, have an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation and creative solutions. The big question is whether the highly charged and polarized debate on the other issues will preclude bipartisan solutions on anything. That remains to be seen.


Notice that some Democrats have retreated from calling for tax increases. Instead, they are calling for the closing of, as yet unidentified, tax loopholes. Please note that a "loophole closing" is merely a euphemism for tax increase. They are one in the same.

George Bush

Because of Arnold's popularity, many Democrats have taken to blaming the considerably less popular President for California's budget woes. The federal government, they say, does not give California back what it pays in taxes, making California a net "donor state." This is true. But the same condition exists in California where many counties (including Orange County) are "donors" to the state and get back only a fraction of what they pay in taxes in spite of decades of Republican attempts at change. Shouldn't Democrats practice what they preach and "equalize" funding in California before they ask the federal government to do so? Do what I say, not what I do?


If you are a regular reader, you know how much I believe that CalPERS has become political rather than investment oriented. Well now if you go on their website you will see that they are attacking the Governor's pension reform proposal. Now this is a taxpayer supported organization using taxpayer money to persuade people to give that organization more of your tax money. It's wrong. And it's an example of why so much reform is needed in the arena of how the public employee unions operate.

California Teachers' Union

In an advertisement now airing, the president of the California Teachers' Union says: "....the Governor proposes a budget that will cut school funding by billions more. And this is on top of the $9.8 billion in cuts that classrooms have already suffered." Give me a break. The Governor's budget increases K-12 education by 7.1% or $2.9 BILLION this year alone. And education spending has increased every single year in the last 7 budget years going from $35 Billion in '98/'99 to over $50 Billion in the Governor's proposed budget. We now spend over $10,000 per student in schools and our teachers make more money than those in any other state. CRO



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