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Offical Voter Info Guide Cal Statewide Special Election 10-7-2003
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Candidates to Succeed Gray Davis as Governor if He Is Recalled

  • 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.

Richard J. Simmons
333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Our new governor must address the state's staggering budget deficit in three ways—promote business growth, create jobs, and improve education. The stimulation of business expansion is the centerpiece of this plan. A commitment to education is the cornerstone. Our path is clear. Jobs do not create themselves. Businesses create jobs. To increase job opportunities, California's lawmakers must abandon their anti-business bias. They have overregulated and unfairly penalized businesses, causing many to leave the state. Business growth is key to correcting California's deficit crisis and increasing jobs. To achieve this goal, we must overhaul a workers' compensation system that is unfair to businesses and employees. The success of California requires an independent thinker who can transcend party lines. As a UC Berkeley Law School graduate and business advocate for 20 years, I have the experience necessary to turn California around.

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