Tom McClintock

Tom McClintock
Republican
1029 K Street, Suite 44
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 446-1246
E-Mail: campaign@tommcclintock.com
Website: www.tommcclintock.com

Biography

Tom McClintock is a state senator from Southern California. He was elected to the Senate in 2000. He also ran for state controller last year and narrowly lost to Democrat Steve Westly.

He says his top priorities if elected are to 'stop the car tax;' 'end government waste;' and 'reform worker's comp and save our jobs.' He says he will call a special legislative session to pass a law cutting worker's comp costs by two-thirds.

McClintock says he is a 'fiscal conservative' and an 'experienced tax cutter.' He says he led the fight to abolish the car tax in 1996. And, he co-authored the state's current death penalty law, which passed in 1992.

He was first elected to the state Assembly in 1982 when he was 26 years old and served for ten years. He served again in the state Assembly from 1997-2001.

Forty-seven year old McClintock is married to wife Lori. They have two children.

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Background

Name: Tom McClintock

Party: Republican

Age: 47

Birthplace: New York

Residence: Thousand Oaks

Occupation: State Senator

Political Experience:

My first political experience came as Chief of Staff to Senator Ed Davis before being elected to the Assembly in 1982 at the age of 26. In 1994, I lost narrowly a race for state controller. In 1996, I returned to the State Assembly serving two terms before being elected to the State Senate. In 2002, I ran again for state controller, losing one of the closest races in California history where my campaign attracted 103,000 more votes than any other Republican on the California ballot.

Career Highlights:

For over twenty years I have championed the fiscal and budget reforms that can now restore our state's public works, bring its bureaucracies back under control, and roll back the regulations and taxes that are choking our economy. I know every inch of this government and am willing to challenge, to confront and to defeat the spending lobby that controls it. In 1987 I jointly authored the Mello-Condit-McClintock Tax Rebate Act, which returned $1.1 billion of tax over-collections to the taxpayers of California. In 1992, I authored California's current lethal injection death penalty law. Recently, I have been the driving force in the Legislature to abolish the car tax in California. In 1997, I co-authored the San Fernando Valley Secession bill. In 2000 I was elected to the California State Senate where I have continued to push for fiscal and budget reforms such as restoring the Gann Spending Limit and establishing a Bureaucracy Realignment and Closure Commission modeled after the successful military base closure system used at the Federal level.

Education:

Graduated Cum Laude from UCLA in 1978, earning a B.A. degree in Political Science.

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I moved to California with my family in 1965. My parents were looking for a better future for their children. My dad had been out of work for over a year and was desperate. They both immediately found good jobs. They found the home of their dreams; a four-bedroom, ranch-style home and they bought that home for $35,000. California was a land of opportunity. Taxes were low, the jobs were plentiful, and the highways were the finest in the world. My dad's commute was 40 miles in 45 minutes. Our hydroelectric and nuclear plants were making electricity so cheaply that meters were becoming obsolete.

I remember that state. It was real. I lived there. And it's gone.

Even with California's bountiful resources, the most equitable climate in the entire continent, and with every blessing that God could bestow upon a land, people are now finding a better place to live and work in deserts of Arizona and Nevada. No conceivable natural disaster could ever wreak such devastation upon our state. It takes stupid acts of government to do that, and that we can fix.

I want to restore the California dream.

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The moment I have taken the oath of office, I'll sign the order to rescind the illegal tripling of California's Car Tax. If this governor can claim that he has the authority to raise the car tax by fiat, then I'll claim the same authority to lower it right back down by fiat.

I'll then sign a stipulation to the Superior Court in Pasadena in the case I filed last year to void the $42 billion of outrageously priced electricity contracts that Davis approved. Those contracts were negotiated under a clear legal conflict of interest by Davis' chief negotiator. This governor won't stipulate to these simple facts because it would require him to admit wrongdoing. I'll certainly admit Davis has done some things wrong and these contracts will be voided under California law!

Then I will sign a third document, calling a special session of the legislature to deal with our Workers Compensation insurance crisis. They will have 30 days to enact Arizona's Workers Compensation law-slashing workers comp costs by 2/3. And if they fail in 30 days, I'll take it to the ballot and let them explain to the people why they refused to act while our job market was collapsing.

With those three documents-and a governor with the will to act-we can reduce taxes by over $4 billion, dramatically lower electricity prices, and roll back the costs of Workers Compensation that are destroying jobs in our state.

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Several hard rock principles ought to apply - no tax increases, structural limits on spending, and reshaping and reducing the size of government.

I have signed the "no new tax" pledge and urged other candidates to do so.

The Gann constitutional spending limit must be restored. If the Gann Limit of growing government only at the rate of population and inflation increases had been applied during Governor Davis' first term, last year's budget would still have been 21 percent larger than it was four years earlier and there would be no budget deficit or illegal borrowing today. In addition, almost $30 billion in surpluses would have been divided between taxpayer rebates and schools.

Next we must restore to California government the same freedom that every family and business has to shop around for the best service at the lowest cost, saving about $9 billion according to the Reason Foundation.

During my first day as Governor I will personally de-fund every state agency that duplicates local or federal jurisdictions, overlaps other state agencies or is performing functions that the private sector could and should do anyway. Streamlining and abolishing agencies should save another $6 billion.

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I agree with the more than two million voters who signed recall petitions which said, "The grounds for the recall are as follows: Gross mismanagement of California Finances by overspending taxpayers' money, threatening public safety by cutting funds to local governments, failing to account for the exorbitant cost of the energy fiasco, and failing in general to deal with the state's major problems until they get to the crisis stage. California should not have to be known as the state with poor schools, traffic jams, outrageous utility bills, and huge debts…all caused by gross mismanagement."

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The moment I have taken the oath of office, I'll sign the order to rescind the illegal tripling of California's Car Tax. If this governor can claim that he has the authority to raise the car tax by fiat, then I'll claim the same authority to lower it right back down by fiat.

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As illustrated by my plan to the reform worker's compensation system, and my past successes of building bipartisan support for reductions in the car tax and valley sucession, I believe that a Governor who is willing to lead and to take his case to the people if necessary, can truly take California in a new direction.

Rescinding the tripling of the car tax will not need Legislative approval. The current Governor raised the tax by fiat and the next Governor can lower it by fiat.

The $42 billion of outrageously overpriced electricity contracts can be voided by simply having the Governor stipulate to wrongdoing in the negotiating of the contracts. As Governor I will stipulate to those facts.

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Education

California taxpayers provide enough money to spend $270,000 for every classroom with 30 students in this state. I have two children in the public schools, and I can guarantee you only a fraction of that money is actually reaching the classroom to educate our children. I have proposed classroom-based budgeting, where that $270,000 per classroom is injected directly into the classroom toward the education of our children.

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Health Care

Medical insurance premiums are too high for many families. There are many reasons. Medi-Cal fraud and workers compensation fraud add to everyone's medical premiums. Caring for illegal immigrants is a major cost of every public hospital. In addition, the legislature has mandated that insurance companies provide all kinds of medical coverage available nowhere else. In the long term I would move toward a refundable tax-credit system where every Californian would be free to select the healthcare coverage of their choice which would substantially reduce healthcare costs for everyone.

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Abortion

I am ProLife and as Governor would work to end state government funding of abortions and to ensure that parents are involved in abortion decision made by minor children.

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Public Safety

After many years of decline we are now seeing a shocking rise in the crime rate here in California which causes me great concern. As a strong supporter of the death penalty and California's Three Strikes law, I believe that we must demand swift and sure punishment for those who choose to violate our laws.

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Gun Control

I support the 2nd Amendment and believe that individual citizens have the right of self-protection.

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Energy

This energy crisis is not complicated, and there's no mystery to it. When something is scarce, it is expensive. When it is plentiful, it is cheap. To make electricity cheap, we must make it plentiful. To make it plentiful, we must build more power plants - a lot more. As Governor I would have the authority to waive every regulation that stands in the way of power plant construction. This is the same power Governor Wilson used to rebuild the Santa Monica Freeway in 66 days when the CalTrans bureaucrats said it would take two years. Governor Davis refused to use this authority and I assure you that as Governor I will.

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Environment

We must plan for growth by building infrastructures to meet the needs of the future - roads, water storage, power plants, transmission lines, pipelines, refineries, schools. We must demand and measure environmental improvements, but get the state out of its command and control mentality and prevent it from trying to micromanage every private enterprise in California.

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Transportation

A new governor must act to relieve our state's highway gridlock. My first action would be to open diamond lanes to all traffic for immediate relief. Then I would add highway miles to match the revenues collected from California drivers for that purpose. In short restore highway revenues for highways.

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Promise

"In spite of a national recession, our economy has grown from the 7th largest to the 5th largest in the world."
"But there's more to do - on our schools, our environment, our economy, and on energy."

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Announced an estimated $35 billion budget deficit in December, and a $38 billion deficit in May.
  • Said in his State of the State Address that his 'most immediate priority' is jobs.
  • Tripled the vehicle license fee in June.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget' on Aug. 2nd
  • Appointed President Clinton's budget chief to lead the effort to fix the budget.
  • Signed legislation reforming the state's workers' comp system.

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Promise

"I will do everything humanly possible not to cut one penny from public safety. If we can increase it, we will."

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Proposed an overall increase in prison funding in his budget plans.
  • Vetoed an early-release prison bill.
  • Proposed to preserve funding for local law enforcement programs in his May budget plan.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget' with some cuts to prisons and local law enforcement programs.
  • Signed gun safety legislation in September.

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Promise

"My fellow Californians, together we've increased education funding by 30% -- and student achievements scores are up three years in a row. But there's so much more to do."

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Proposed significant cuts to education in his January budget plan.
  • Approved nearly $2.6 billion in mid-year (2002-2003) cuts to education.
  • Reduced proposed January cuts and protected class-size reduction and accountability programs in his new May budget plan.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget' with cuts to education similar to those proposed in his May budget plan.
  • Announced in September $1.7 billion in bonds to upgrade overcrowded schools.

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Promise

"I believe we must continue protecting our coastline, our air, water."

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Signed a "polluter pays" bill increasing fees for air and water polluters.
  • Announced funding for coastal conservation and parkland improvement.
  • Proposed some reductions to environmental programs in his budget plans.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget' with additional cuts to environmental programs.
  • Signed coastal protection and air pollution bills.
  • Signed the electronic waste recycling bill.

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Promise

“I won’t be completely satisfied until every child in the state of California has access to quality, affordable health care.”

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Proposed to protect children's health care coverage in both budget plans.
  • Requested federal aid to insure more children statewide.
  • Approved cuts to the Healthy Families outreach program.
  • Proposed and approved cuts to Medi-Cal programs.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget': children's health care coverage was protected and proposed cuts to Medi-Cal were reduced.
  • Signed a landmark bill (SB2) that will require many businesses to provide health insurance to their employers.

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Promise

"...No governor ever spent as much money as we spent this year in real dollars, accounting for inflation, on transportation improvements. We will continue to do that for the next two to three years."

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Said in his State of the State Address that he "will direct his agencies to accelerate freeway and public transit projects by one year."
  • Proposed an estimated $1.5 billion in cuts to transportation.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget' with cuts to transportation.

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