The people elected us to end the talk and to act decisively.
Today we must make a pact with each other to end this reckless conduct with the people's government.
Is there any wonder why we are in such big trouble? Any question why the people don't trust their government anymore, and demand a change?
Higher taxes is the road to ruin. We must and we will shrink our government, and that means making some tough choices, tightening our belts.
Someone has to stay on the line and say, no, we can do this by cutting spending and reducing the size of government. That's what I was committed to doing.
Today is the day for the complaining to end and for statesmanship to begin. Today I am taking action to cut state spending and balance the budget this year.
You know, at some point there has to be parity. There has to be parity between what is happening in the real world, and what is happening in the public sector world.
You just have to stand and grit your teeth and know your poll numbers are going to go down - and mine have - but you gotta grit through it because the alternative is unacceptable.
I can guarantee you this, that more pension and benefit reforms which I will consider arbitration reform to be one of them, are things that when they come to my desk, they will be signed.
And on this you have my pledge - unlike in the past, when you stood up and did what was right, this governor will not pull the rug out from underneath you - I will sign strong reform bills.