Final State Of The State Address Given By Governor Schwarzenegger
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gave his final State Of The State Address earlier today, addressing major issues facing California in the new year. Schwarzenegger became the governor of California in 2003, and his term ends in early 2011. Schwarzenegger won't be eligible to run for governor again. Today, he laid out his plan for the last year of his term as governor.
The issues on Schwarzenegger's agenda today were:
- tax reforms
- controlling pension cost
- increased federal assistance
- a $500-million employee training plan
- less funding for prisons, more funding for schools
- improved veteran affairs
Schwarzenegger addressed the $20-billion budget deficit that California is facing over the next year and a half. He praised lawmakers for passing laws that helped California survive the economic recession and deal with other state-level challenges. He also railed against the health care bill passed by the U.S. Senate on December 24.