Wednesday Jan 27 2010
Government paints bleak picture for newspaper editors
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Gaines to intro bill to help county with 49 Fire costs
SACRAMENTO - Newspaper editors and publishers from around California heard about the state of economy and its future Wednesday. The 14th Annual Governmental Affairs Day, hosted by the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the California Society of Newspaper Editors, included interviews with gubernatorial candidate and insurance commissioner Steve Poizner and keynote speaker state Treasurer Bill Lockyer. The Auburn Journal also met with 4th District Assemblyman Ted Gaines who discussed his plans for a bill that will help Placer County recover costs relating to the 49 Fire. Representatives from Gaines’ office said they plan to introduce the bill in about one to two weeks. They said it will reimburse the county for all of the costs incurred relating to the fire that the county hasn’t yet received money for. Gaines said he has worked with Placer County officials on the bill. Statewide, Poizner and Lockyer painted a grim outlook for California’s economy. “Our economy is simply out of sync with the global economy,” Poizner said. Poizner said he proposes to cut taxes and spending both by 10 percent. “We’re driving 3,000 people out of the state every week, “ Poizner said. Lockyer said looking ahead the state can expect to see unemployment stay in the double digits for at least another year or two. “Two things that have broken the bank are prison spending and tax cuts,” Lockyer said. He proposed cutting spending and increasing taxes. Lockyer said “it’s not far off” when more than 10 percent of the general fund will be spent on debt payments. “As the state’s banker it’s embarrassing when your credit is worse than Kazakhstan,” Lockyer said. Poizner foreshadowed an intense election season while speaking to a room full of newspaper executives. “You are about to witness one of the most intense, most expensive gubernatorial races in history,” Poizner said of the Republican primary. He said because of the mass amount of campaign material he expects will be distributed, he believes voters will look more to newspaper editorial boards for their input. “Voters will be looking for an outside expert without an ax to grind to weigh in,” Poizner said. Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.