Workers’ Comp: Supported bills attempting to fix California’s broken workers’ compensation system. Is not interested in rolling back worker benefits, but willing to sit down with employers to make the system more efficient.
Regulation: Believes SB2 is one of the most important pieces of legislation passed this year for providing one million working Californians with health care. Backs a living wage that requires companies that do business with the state to pay employees $10 an hour if they supply workers with health insurance, $12 if they do not.
Immigration: “If people work hard to pay taxes and obey the law, they should be allowed to apply for a driver’s license.”
Economy: Has stated the road to economic freedom is education. Is firmly against the recall.
Peter Camejo, Green Party
Workers’ Comp: Supports a Canadian-style health care system that puts the onus on the state to provide health insurance through taxation. System would remove companies and insurance providers from the equation and eventually eliminate the need for workers’ compensation insurance.
Regulation: Believes SB2 is a short-term solution and not necessary if the Canadian-style health care reform is implemented.
Immigration: Believes people living and paying taxes in California cannot be denied normal status.
Economy: Would support regional minimum wage based on living expenses. Concedes this wage would, in some areas, be $10 an hour. Has stated each minimum-wage increase has stimulated the economy through increased spending.
Gov. Gray Davis, Democrat
Workers’ Comp: Signed workers’ comp legislation that would rein in $5 billion to $6 billion annually with fee caps to health care providers and pharmaceutical spending and reduced treatment to injured workers.
Regulation: Undecided about SB2, a bill that would mandate companies with 50 or more employees to pay for their health insurance.
Immigration: Signed SB60, the bill that allows illegal immigrants to have driver’s licenses.Economy: Wants to reduce spending and seek revenue increases, which can mean tax hikes for upper-income earners and on cigarettes and alcohol. Against raising homeowners’ property taxes.
Arianna Huffington, Independent
Workers’ Comp: Believes the recently passed reform bills are not enough. Wants to sit down with businesses to streamline the system.
Regulation: Against SB2 because it is potentially difficult for small businesses and does not contain necessary cost controls. In favor of a living wage because California is the richest state in the richest country in the world, with four million people living below the poverty line and six million people without health insurance.
Immigration: An immigrant herself, has empathy for the immigrant experience. In favor of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
Economy: Believes in closing corporate tax loopholes that would turn into billions of dollars of tax revenue the state is currently not receiving.
State Sen. Tom McClintock, Republican
Workers’ Comp: Wants the legislature to pass Arizona’s workers’ compensation law, slashing workers’ comp costs by two-thirds and reversing the exodus of jobs.
Regulation: Opposed to SB2; would introduce a refundable tax credit on a sliding economic scale and give choices for affordable health plans. Wants government out of the way so entrepreneurs can start and maintain thriving businesses.
Immigration: A big proponent of legal immigration, wants to get the illegal aspect under control.
Economy: Against tax hikes, would rescind the tripling of the state’s car tax. Would streamline duplication among departments and introduce competitive bidding for state services to save an estimated $15 billion.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican
Workers’ Comp: Won’t sign a budget without workers’ compensation reform. The fix? Reduce litigation, establish guidelines for disability, control health care costs and increase worker benefits.
Regulation: With economic input from Warren Buffett and former secretary of state George Shultz, would rectify workers’ compensation, address high energy costs, curb lawsuits and review every regulation adopted since January 1999.Immigration: Seeks to increase federal reimbursements for costs, such as providing public services to undocumented immigrants. Opposes SB60, the new state law that would give illegal immigrants California driver’s licenses.
Economy: Opposed to raising taxes and plans to restore the state’s credit rating and restore investor confidence in California as a place for job creation.
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