Commentary

One year later: The California Recall

Reason’s George Passantino was a director of Gov. Schwarzenegger’s California Performance Review. He has a piece in today’s LA Times about what Arnold has (and has not) done so far: He has traveled to other states, recruiting businesses to come to ââ?¬â?? or return to ââ?¬â?? California. He also vetoed a number of bills that would have further undermined the state’s still-recovering economy, including a minimum-wage increase. Perhaps most important, he resisted tax increases. Moreover, Schwarzenegger demonstrated how his popularity and celebrity can help shape policy. By threatening to run a ballot initiative that would dramatically alter the workers’ compensation system, he cajoled the Legislature to compromise and adopt a number of needed reforms. However, efforts to restore the state’s fiscal stability have not been as successful. Read the whole thing here.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.