I recounted yesterday how big
business made out like bandits this year when the dust cleared on the
governor’s bill signings, but didn’t have a chance to share the media’s
take on the same.
Here’s a sampling:
In the LA Times: "Big business on a hot streak with governor"
the smoke cleared Monday, there were plenty of grins and grumbles. But
no group in Sacramento was smiling wider than one of the governor’s
most predictable allies: big business and its Sacramento mouthpiece,
the California Chamber of Commerce.
would cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, including a hike
in the "car tax" that Schwarzenegger vilified in his first campaign for
office. And signing them would belie his self-styled image as a
reformer who won’t stand for business as usual in the Capitol, because
they were forged in classic under-the-radar deal-making.
The measures as passed were not publicly debated. They received little
vetting by policy experts. They were not fully written until the clock
had almost run out on lawmakers preparing to adjourn and get out of
town last month. And key provisions were shaped by a small group of big
consumer advocates accused Nuñez of slipping the bill through in the
waning hours of the legislative session to let oil companies — big
campaign contributors in Sacramento — off the hook financially for the
cost of meeting clean-air and alternative fuel goals.
"Instead of going to the deep pockets of big oil, this bill goes
to the much shallower pockets of the average consumer," said Judy
Dugan, research director for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer
Rights. "It’s business as usual in the Capitol."
And in the Sacramento Bee: "Governor rushes to clear bills"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has used his governorship to raise
environmental awareness and push healthy eating, on Sunday vetoed bills
that would have forced chain restaurants to post nutritional
information and encouraged "green" construction of buildings.