Arnold's Final Grade: Gentleman's C
"Holding up the budget and vetoing bills are the only tools [Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger] has got," Marcia Fritz, president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, said a while back in assessing the Gubernator's executive strengths.
Sen. Mimi Walters, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and the Flash Report's Jon Fleischman—all Republicans—check back on their list of 20 must-veto bills, and give Schwarzenegger a score of 14 out of 20, or C.
Not all of Fleischman's must-vetoes are of interest to this crowd. (I'm not sure whether Mark Leno's SB 906, creating a statutory civil marriage class, would have changed much, but Schwarzenegger vetoed it.)
But there are some interesting examples of the mind-numbing bureaucratic cascades the Golden State has mastered:
AB 2032 (Davis) – From the Department of Redundancy Department—Requires underage actors, artists and other entertainers to pay a new fee, which the agency collecting the fee states is required to defray the costs of collecting the fee. VETOED—9/30/10
AB 424 (Torres) – This bill spends nearly $4 million over the next three years to educate the public on the uses of the 911 system. VETOED—9/27/10
And on the Yea side, California carpet buyers can rest easy in the knowledge that a new 5-cent-per-square-yard tax will keep the state's carpet recycling program fully funded:
AB 2398 (John Perez), aka the "Carpet Product Stewardship Act," imposes a $0.05 per square yard tax on carpets sold in California through 2013 (after which, the cost will likely climb) to fund a carpet recycling program. Interestingly, California's biggest carpet recycling company, Los Angeles Fiber Co., is in the district of the bill's sponsor, Assembly Speaker Perez. SIGNED—9/30/10
Stand tall, California!