California’s outgoing governor, who replaced the recalled Gray Davis in 2003, defends his record but admits to errors that were key to his inability to fulfill the promise of ending the state’s ‘crazy deficit spending.’
Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the state Capitol in Sacramento, is about to finish his second and final term as California governor. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times / January 2, 2011)
By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2011, 3:06 p.m.
Reporting from Sacramento —
State government was failing at every level. There was an electricity crisis, a water crisis, a prison crisis. Car taxes had tripled. State contracts were tainted by corruption.
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