- As the state's chief executive officer, oversees most state departments and agencies and appoints judges.
- Proposes new laws and approves or vetoes legislation.
- Prepares and submits the annual state budget.
- Mobilizes and directs state resources during emergencies.
Vote against the recall and then vote for me. The bitter nature of this election means California needs a governor who can work across party lines and rally people to his vision of our future. I see a state that prioritizes its limited resources, a state that plans for excellence in its schools and universities. As a faculty member of the California State University system for the past 17 years, I have experienced many of the problems facing parents, students, teachers and staff. I see a state that provides a basic level of medical care for all, as do Hawaii and Oregon. I see a budget with no new taxes, achieved by cutting waste and consolidating agencies like the State Teachers' Retirement System and the Public Employees' Retirement System. I see a state that values and rewards entrepreneurship, and a state that respects the right of people to decide their own lifestyles and relationships. I see a state with a time lapse between recall and replacement elections. I see a state, like Arizona and Maine, with publicly financed campaigns. I know about elections because, in 1996 and again in 1998, I won the Democratic Party nomination for US Congress in Silicon Valley. As a fiscal conservative and social liberal, I enjoy the support of many Republicans, Greens and Independents. This is why I can work with all members of the state legislature to move on these important issues.
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