Schwarzenegger said his trip to Washington was intended to rally lawmakers against proposed cuts in federal spending for after-school programs.
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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.
There is a large and growing body of evidence showing that comprehensive after-school programs help inspire kids to learn and help working families.
James Cameron, Ron Meyer to Headline First Schwarzenegger Institute Symposium at USC
Not long ago, California was so deep in crisis that top officials pleaded with Washington for a financial bailout. A lot has changed.
Before Washington, California was the national symbol of partisan paralysis and government dysfunction. This was the place where voter initiatives slashed the power of state lawmakers, runaway deficits and gridlocked budgets were the rule of the day.
The Obamacare funding debate in Washington falls on deaf ears here in California. We aren't arguing over why the law was passed; we are too busy working together on how best to implement it.
Schwarzenegger signed laws requiring the state's energy to come from a growing percentage of clean renewables and making solar affordable for every household; and perhaps the most prominent example of environmental leadership was AB 32, the historic bipartisan legislation that made California a leader in fighting climate change.
When Governor Schwarzenegger first asked me to serve in 2006, we agreed that we needed to do something transformational for our kids, who were at great risk of obesity-related health problems.
These days studio chiefs insist that filmmakers they work with take advantage of out-of-state incentives to lower production costs, which on a single major motion picture can amount to savings of tens of millions.
We may not have been smart enough to tackle the climate challenge soon enough for those who are already environmental and economic victims, but aligning science and investment capital may finally be a winning formula.