Category Archives: The Governor

Analyst Sees $2 Billion Less In Brown Tax 2.0

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Governor Jerry Brown is no doubt happy that his modified tax increase initiative has already received its fiscal vetting, less than 48 hours after being formally introduced. But that vetting doesn’t settle on an estimate of how much tax revenue … Continue reading »


Brown's Tax Is Ahead, But Why Not By More?

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A brand new statewide poll shows Governor Jerry Brown’s temporary tax increase initiative slightly ahead with voters. And that’s no doubt a good thing if you’re the governor. But a more interesting question, it seems, is why isn’t it ahead … Continue reading »


The Costs of Brown's Pension Plan... In Money and Politics

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For weeks, the conventional wisdom around the Capitol has been that Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to create a hybrid pension/401(k) system for future government employees faced long odds with legislative Democrats. Now, they’ve got something on which to base their … Continue reading »


Brown Appears Unsuccessful at Blocking Other Tax Measures

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Somewhere out there is a crystal ball that can tell us whether multiple tax increase initiatives on the November ballot means voters will reject all of them en masse. But until that clairvoyant device shows up, we’re left to wonder … Continue reading »


If Not For Schools, Would Brown's Tax Hike Be A Dud?

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Governor Jerry Brown will no doubt love the headline out of the brand new statewide public poll: 68% of likely voters say they support his November initiative to raise taxes and earmark the money for public schools. But dig deeper … Continue reading »


Brown Urges Action, Vision In State of the State

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If there’s one takeaway from Governor Jerry Brown’s 2012 State of the State address, it may be this: Brown faces the unique task this year of preaching both boldness and austerity… all at the same time. The governor’s roughly 20 … Continue reading »


Think Long Opts to Think Longer. Advantage Brown?

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It seems safe to say that Governor Jerry Brown and billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen are unlikely to have much in common. One lives on a private jet and is the scion of an international art collector, the other favors spartan … Continue reading »


Reporter's Notebook: Tax Talks, Supremes and Signatures

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We may complain that there’s no rest for the weary, but political junkies would be disappointed if the tasty morsels of news came to an end with the unveiling of a new state budget. Right? If your answer is yes, … Continue reading »


Surprise! The New State Budget

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The unveiling of a governor’s state budget every January is an annual, and well rehearsed, ritual: budget decisions are made in late December, budget goes to the printer, gubernatorial staffers privately brief some stakeholder groups (some who leak to the … Continue reading »


Brown Interview: Pensive, Upbeat, More Latin

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Governor Jerry Brown may be reviving the so-called “dead language” of Latin, at least in its application to California politics. In a brief one-on-one interview after his Tuesday news conference, Brown took the long view on pensions, offered a succinct … Continue reading »