Schwarzenegger Addresses Workers’ Compensation in Wall Street Journal Opinion Piece
California's worker's compensation system "needs an overhaul," Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger writes in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. According to Schwarzenegger, California businesses "pay workers' compensation costs that are more than double other states,'" contributing to restrictions on businesses' ability to expand. While Gov. Gray Davis (D) "is not up to the task at hand" and gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (D) is "promising Californians: 'Gray Davis -- The Sequel,'" Schwarzenegger says he would "unburden businesses from regulations that strangle economic growth," including workers' compensation. "If we do this we will bring California back as the untarnished Golden State," Schwarzenegger concludes (Schwarzenegger, Wall Street Journal, 9/24). In related news, KQED's "Perspectives" Tuesday included a commentary on the difficulties disabled workers experience in accessing workers' compensation benefits (Denny, "Perspectives," KQED, 9/23). The full segment is available online in RealPlayer.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.