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Schwarzenegger on the issues

Here are Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's views on issues ranging from taxes to offshore oil drilling:

By Associated Press
Published October 9, 2003

TAX CHANGES: Favors repealing the recent tripling of the car tax, but has not provided many specifics about making up the lost revenue beyond saying he would curb Sacramento's culture of spending.

NEW REVENUES: Is opposed to raising taxes and says he would immediately audit all state spending. Says taxes could be raised in the case of a state emergency.

EDUCATION FUNDING: Says fixing the state's budget problems can be done without cutting education spending. Says the state needs to streamline categorical programs, eliminate regulations and get the most out of its current education spending.

VOUCHERS: Opposes vouchers because he believes the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act provides a better way of dealing with the issue.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Says quotas are not needed to achieve diversity. Instead, wants more opportunities for lower-income students and recent immigrants to be able to afford higher education.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION: Says he would reform the state's workers' compensation, which is also the subject of a range of bills passed by the Legislature Sept. 12. Says that plan wasn't enough and would call a special session of the Legislature to fix the program and supports reducing litigation, creating guidelines for disability and controlling health care costs and increasing benefits to workers.

ENERGY: Wants to streamline the 13 "agency bureaucracies here in California," require utilities to maintain power reserves, bring in more natural gas and provide conservation incentives for large industrial consumers.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS: Opposes the new law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses and says he would push to repeal it. If the Legislature doesn't change it, he supports a referendum to do so.

OFFSHORE OIL: Says companies should not be permitted to drill for oil off California's coast.


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