THE GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA www.cagreens.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 5, 2006
Contact: Susan King 415.823-5524
Pat Driscoll 916.320-6430
Beth Moore Haines 530.277-0610
Response to State-of-the-State:
Green Party says Governor, Democratic Party
not offering ‘real reform' to Californians
SACRAMENTO (January 5, 2006, 6:02 p.m.) – The Green Party of California
Thursday – responding to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's third State of the
State speech – charged that not only the governor, but also Democratic
Party leaders, are not offering the "real reform" that is needed to help
"Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are offering real solutions.
California does need real reform, but not the same old patchwork of
non-solutions," said San Francisco Green Party spokesperson Erika McDonald.
"The Governor and the legislature need to get tough with the corporate
interests that fund their campaigns. This means fighting for fairer
taxation, getting tough with big pharmaceutical companies, and supporting a
real hike in the minimum wage," she added.
For an example of "real reform," Greens said they are spearheading a "fair
wage" initiative for the November 2006 ballot that could raise the minimum
wage to .75 an hour, a dollar more than what the governor – and Democrats
who authored a .75 bill last year – are asking.
"The bottom line tonight is that Democrats and Republicans, from the
governor on down, are talking about programs that will get them elected,
not truly help Californians. In the end, most voters know that the plans
discussed tonight fall short of really helping Californians resolve their
daily concerns about healthcare, pensions, fair wages and jobs," said GPCA
spokesperson Pat Driscoll.