(CNN) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed an executive order to speed up the recovery process for victims of the wildfires that have scorched a large part of the state.
At a news conference in Big Sur on Wednesday, Schwarzenegger commended both the work of the firefighting crews and the 40 states providing support, but said relief efforts will need to continue long after the blazes are contained.
"Putting out the fires is only part of the battle - helping people put their lives back together is just as important," he said. "The cooperation has been fantastic and I am glad to see federal support because we are likely to face many more challenges in the months ahead."
Under the executive order, replacement fees for birth certificates, driver's licenses and other critical documents will be waived. In addition, the governor will ask the Franchise Tax Board and the State Board of Equalization to assist fire victims with filing tax extensions and obtaining relief from
late penalties and assessments.
Arnie Arnie....where are your Reflipigan buddies?....
Did you call Bush/Cheney/McWar/ Lieberman for help?
Pull out all the stops, I'm sure there must be money from GWB coming your way....SINCE YOUR STATE IS BANKRUPT, due to your incompetance.
Arnie to the rescue once again...
Yah, Letz show Da Fiya whoz bozz. Cal-i-forna uber alles!
Schwarzenegger-The only Republican I'd ever consider voting for...if only briefly.
It's a shame that Gov. Schwarzenegger can't be Pres...
Can this RETARD even spell his own last name? The fact that he is a governor says a lot about the state of California. One word in particular comes to mind...SUPERFICIAL! This idiot has no qualifications whatsoever. California is now months away from being broke and the ONLY thing the "Terminator" can think of is to add a 30% tax on the porn industry.
You're brilliant Arnold, just brilliant! Of course this statement is facetiousness at its BEST!!!
Good job. Now, when will you sign the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1st? The budget work should have been done weeks ago and ready on day 1 so there is no break in services and funding. The State Constitution mandates a balanced budget, so where is it?
I like Arnold – he looks like the terminator in this picture : )
Schwarzenegger's a good guy. He's loyal to his party, but he has morals. Powell's another great Republican.
Good to hear Governor Arnold is taking the bull by the horns in California. GET TO THE CHOPA!!!
Nice gesture and he seem to care. Of course if they utilized good management and foresty practices with controlled burns, this would not have ben so bad....
He should help the people in Darfur and Zimbabwe. I bet the people in Somalia, Siera Leone and Liberia would need help too.
People say that when Obama gets elected that that would prove that this country has no barriers. I say Ahnold is already that proof!
Get in da Choppa! Terminate those wildfires!
Well.. gotta say.. I didn't really like Arnold's first term as governor.. but I think he's done a better job in his second term.
Anyone seen Demolition Man? Get ready... Nostradomus eat your heart out... so far that movie is more accurate in predicting Arnold's political future :)
Good job Arnie!
I hope McCain chooses you as his VP.
No per diem cash payments or financial grants to replace property, family or pets, no FEMA trailers?
Well...just wait until you come against the Obamanator!! Yes we can (take your money and leave you smiling)!!!
Now this is a Republican that I can believe in. "Helping people"
"Helping people" We don't hear this very often from members of the GOP community. It's usually the "I got mine, to heck with everyone else" the "Why should I help?" or the "I worked hard to get where I am today why can't everyone else do it?
Man, Schwarzenegger is awesome... too bad he can't be president!
Big difference from President Bush'!
He is the only republican I like so far! He is loyal to his party but will not be afraid to firmly disagree if it goes against his state's wish's, such as the oil drilling which he made clear he disagree's with Mccain on. He's a good man with a clear head on his shoulder.
Arnold will always be liked!
ok.there's still one good republican out there.just one.
ARNOLD!! Love the commercials about asking people to come, work and live in California!!
Just a simple question TERMINATOR!!
Can you spell one word – WATER??!!
People [kids], pets, the crops, animals, birds etc. might need this in your CALIFORNIA future!!
Where is his flag pin?
In his first term he did ok
His second term he has done better
I respect this guy very much and I supproted him for his first term but, in his second term I supproted that Democratic guy Steve something co-founder of Ebay...
But, he didnt make it past primparies
so I went for Arnold
I'm a lifelong Democrat, but I voted for Arnold in the CA election. He is a politician that truly does transcend his political party.