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The Index of Fiscal Conservatism

The Index of Fiscal Conservatism

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THE INDEX OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM

A Guide to the Candidates’ Commitment to Cutting Spending

THE INDEX OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM
Specific Spending Cuts Proposed by the Candidates for Governor
FY 2009 FY 2010

30

$24.02 billion*
22.5

15

$3.02 billion
Tom Campbell
* low estimate

$3 billion
Meg Whitman

7.5

Steve Poizner

0

SPECIFIC SPENDING CUTS: CAMPBELL LEADS
FY 2009: $12.7 billion = Reductions in welfare and social spending bringing California in line with the national average FY 2009: $2.7 billion = State employee give-backs or furloughs FY 2010: $8.62 to $13.36 billion = Purchase health insurance on the open market for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families beneficiaries A 10% to 15.5% reduction in the cost of government in the current fiscal year

FISCAL YEAR 2009 BUDGET
May 17, 2009: Tom Campbell announces $15.4 billion in cuts to the state budget, releasing a specific, detailed plan for doing so. May 18, 2009: At Sacramento Press Club debate, Steve Poizner repeatedly refuses to identify a single dime in spending cuts. “I’m running for Governor, not chief accountant,” he said at one point, and at another, “It’s not a list of cuts, it’s a process.” Meg Whitman does not attend the debate. In FY 2009, Whitman called for firing 40,000 state employees, with an estimated savings of $3 billion. Later, she said they would be eliminated by attrition.

FISCAL YEAR 2010 BUDGET
October 8, 2009: Calling attention to a likely $3 billion shortfall in the current state budget, by the end of this December, and a likely 8 billion dollar gap by next July, Tom Campbell identified savings from the state Medi-Cal and Healthy Families accounts of from $8.62 to $13.36 billion. These savings amount to from 10% to 15.5% budget cuts in a single year.

FISCAL YEAR 2010 BUDGET
October 19, 2009: Steve Poizner announces his plan to cut state expenditure 10% over two years. That is, 5% over a single year, less than one half what Campbell proposes. The cuts proposed by Poizner were $3.85 billion over two years = $1.925 billion in a single year by "Top Down Review and Overhaul." The actual cuts are not specifically identified. Rather, this is akin to the claim other candidates have made that they will reduce "waste, fraud, and abuse," without saying how. $3.35 billion over two years = $1.675 billion in a single year by lowering eligibility for CalWorks. $1.59 billion over two years = $795 million in a single year by reducing MediCal costs. $1.09 billion over two years = $545 million in a single year by reducing prison health care costs. Using Poizner’s own numbers, the savings are $4.94 billion in one year. However, excluding the claim for which no specifics are given, "Top Down Review and Overhaul,” the total is $3.02 billion, approximately 3.5% of the budget.

FISCAL YEAR 2010 BUDGET
September 22, 2009: In formally announcing her candidacy, Meg Whitman announces "As I committed to in February, if elected, I will identify and implement at least $15 billion in permanent spending cuts from the state budget." No detail is provided; the statement says the spending cuts will be identified when she is Governor.

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