Arnold: Make Budget Talks Reality TV

Says he'd like office to be 'glass house'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 5, 2009 9:35 AM CDT
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger listens to a question concerning his declaration of a fiscal emergency at a capitol news conference in Sacramento.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants another starring role onscreen—and he's looking to bring California’s legislators with him. The governator wants budget meetings televised or streamed online to show the public what gives, reports the Los Angeles Times. “A debate in front of the people” would “expose the problems and let everyone answer them,” he said.

California’s Senate leader supports the idea, calling it “illuminating" for the public. “I think the more the public recognizes that these are real people making decisions, and that there are choices to be made, the better the process and the system will work,” he noted while conceding he’s less excited about having “to wear a tie all the time.”