Debra J. Saunders

It's easy to run against the Legislature, but there are good lawmakers. The next governor should set up portfolios -- for corrections, education, transportation, etc. -- and ask problem solvers from both parties to find ways to cut costs and improve services.

Then announce that if the Legislature meets specific goals, you'll campaign to end term limits. Call it a contract with the voters. Broker a deal that allows Sacramento to earn the voters' trust by delivering a budget that won't drive the state to another precipice.

Make voters want to treat lawmakers like adults.

Debra J. Saunders

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