Current Situation: By definition, a supermajority in Sacramento is too much power concentrated in one party. This inevitably results in a form of corruption, where the normal democratic process of compromise is shut out and non-existent. We have an increasingly polarized and non-representative state legislature.
Bruce’s Solution: To have the opposition party have some relevance and leverage, on behalf of millions of Californians. This is why the recall is so important. I will set up an infrastructure for government accountability and transparency wherever I can, just as I have with Fullerton.
Our Budget / Pension Liabilities
Current Situation: Pension liabilities are unsustainable. There are about 278,000 state employees. By many accounts, we receive little for their cost of activities. I will fight the way the state unions are creating feather bedding, bringing on nepotism, and driving productivity even lower.
Bruce’s Solution: To put people back in charge, to fight the problem of over-employment in the state government, and to get more mileage from the state government (efficiency). Our elected representatives should represent our interests, not special interests.
Freedom from Sacramento Micromanagement
Current Situation: Their “one size fits all” policies usurps local power and control. In effect, they micromanage every political jurisdiction and by default, our daily lives. This state is huge, with incredible diversity: geographical, economic, cultural, etc.
Bruce’s Solution: Devolve more power closer to the people. Celebrate diversity by allowing freedom and taking government overreach out of the equation.
Freeing Up Private Sector
Current Situation: Businesses are strangled by over-regulation. Our state punishments businesses and extorts businesses, by locking them in a headlock, saying “you’re lucky to be here”. Meanwhile, businesses are fleeing the state. California thinks businesses are captive here. They’ve been killing the goose that lays the golden egg.
Bruce’s Solution: Deregulate as much as possible. Simplification of processes. The reality is there needs to more balance of power to introduce this legislation, but I will do as much as I can to stop more overreach.
Efficient Government Agencies
Current Situation: The whole goal has to keep the same costs or lower and producing higher quality. It’s a foreign concept to government. We are all captive customers to these monopolies, such as DMV.
Bruce’s Solution: Do everything I can to increase efficiency.
Fight Divisive Tactics
Current Situation: The government is leading the way in the divisions, pitting us against each other. For the government to encourage that process is the highest level of betrayal. We should be one, united. The social justice warrior movement exists to drive wedges between us and pit us against each other.
Bruce’s Solution: I do NOT support identity politics. Equality is equality. The most effective social justice is knocking down barriers and helping people achieve high paying jobs, and giving everyone a shot at achievement and affluence. Barriers to that success should be lowered, or not erected by Sacramento.