Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California, is turning his attention to flavoured malt beverages, the US equivalent of ready to drink products. Schwarzenegger has called for a debate on the drinks, which in the US are produced in the same way as beer, without the spirit base that has caused concerns in Europe. The Governor has vetoed a proposal to continue taxing FMBs as beers ahead of potential plans to imitate the higher taxation regimes imposed in Europe. Schwarzenegger wants to "encourage all interested parties, particularly health professionals, law enforcement and the producers of flavoured malt beverages, to use this opportunity for public debate and serious consideration of the policy issues surrounding this beverage". Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein said: "FMB's equivalence with beer would make it difficult to discriminate against FMBs, but if there is concern around the social issues, there is a possibility that a way may be found to impose a selective tax."