Dear Gov. Schwarzenegger:
Great leaders lead by example. Every family knows there are only two ways to balance a budget: earn more or spend less. Before the Legislature asks already tapped and strapped Californians to give more, how about spending less---starting at the top. I suggest:
1st. Request an immediate 5% cut in Your Personal Salary, and request all elected officials to do the same. Then publish the list of those who comply.
2nd. Order an immediate freeze on hiring, allowing natural attrition over time to shrink the government payroll.
Californians have a right to know who is willing to put their money where their mouth is and who is just giving us lip service.
Nancy B Berggren