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Chico Enterprise-Record: Cut spending

We hope State Controller John Chiang wasn't playing to his audience during his recent north state trip.

The reputation of State Controller John Chiang may have risen a notch or two around here after his visit this week.

It had a ways to go.

The 2007-elected state controller has attracted attention by ignoring Gov. Schwarzenegger attempt to cut the state budget, in part, by cutting salaries. On Friday, a Sacramento Superior Court judged ruled Chiang should have listened to his boss.

Earlier this year, word leaked of the nearly $2 million in new furniture Chiang had ordered for his office, even as he was saying he'd soon be issuing IOUs to pay the state's debts. Only deep into the state's budget crisis was the project suspended, and not without some public sniveling on his part.

In talking to the Chico Rotary this week, a different Chiang came out. At least we liked what he had to say.

Telling the woeful tale of California's financial troubles, Chiang stressed the state has got to change its misguided ways of spending more than it takes in, and needs to save for emergencies.

Those financial concepts are not particularly trademarks of his Democratic Party. Some thought he even sounded like our Republican north state decision makers.