New York and California Greens have issued challenges to their respective governors. In New York Alison Duncan calls out Governor David Paterson:
Alison Duncan, the Green Party of New York State’s 2006 candidate for Lieutenant Governor, has rated Governor David Paterson on 25 Green Party challenges for his second year in office. The challenges, which are listed below, were first issued to Eliot Spitzer after he was elected to office in 2006. They include bringing National Guard troops home from Iraq, marrying same-sex couples, promoting single-payer universal health care, investing in public schools, and converting to renewable energy.
Duncan stated that Paterson was handling the state budget crisis by going soft on corporate interests.
“The strongest difference between a Green and a Democratic governor is that the Democratic governor is beholden to corporate interests and the Green governor is beholden to the voters,” said Duncan. “Governor Paterson has proposed cuts in necessary public services, education, sustainable economic development, environmental initiatives, and health care to balance the budget. This social tax leaves corporate entities off the hook while neglecting the human capital integral to the health of the state. Paterson can do this because he considers himself the only game in town.”
On the west coast, the California Green Party has issued a sharp critique of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget cuts:
Despite claiming “we all share the pain,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal announced today again protects his wealthy friends and imposes cruel, draconian and life-threatening cuts on the poor, the elderly and children, said the Green Party of California Friday.
“The failure by the governor and legislature address the state’s ongoing structural deficit leads to these unacceptable cuts. There are answers, including reforms like a split roll for Prop. 13, closing corporate tax loopholes, a more progressive income tax and promoting real Green jobs to create a more sustainable and just economy,” Lisa Green, Green Party candidate in the 53rd Assembly District.