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Oct 17, 2007 - 10:37 AM
Media Has Arnold's Numberby Carmen Balber
I recounted yesterday how big business made out like bandits this year when the dust cleared on the governor's bill signings, but didn't have a chance to share the media's take on the same.
Here's a sampling:
In the LA Times: "Big business on a hot streak with governor"
"Donor-backed bills challenge governor"
The measures as passed were not publicly debated. They received little vetting by policy experts. They were not fully written until the clock had almost run out on lawmakers preparing to adjourn and get out of town last month. And key provisions were shaped by a small group of big campaign contributors.
"Motorist fee increases signed by governor"
"Instead of going to the deep pockets of big oil, this bill goes to the much shallower pockets of the average consumer," said Judy Dugan, research director for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. "It's business as usual in the Capitol."
And in the Sacramento Bee: "Governor rushes to clear bills"
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