Brown Announces Some, Not All, Budget Trigger Cuts

December 13, 2011 · Filed Under CA Budget, Taxes, The Governor · Comments Off 

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California's Latin-fluent governor, as he likes to do, invoked the ancient language when asked what he would say to millions of the state's citizens impacted by about $1 billion in automatic, and immediate, budget cuts.

"Nemo dat non habet," said Governor Jerry Brown in a Capitol news conference. "It means, 'No man gives what he does not have.'"
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Brown May Have Found Tax Sweet Spot, Says Poll

December 12, 2011 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Budget, Taxes, The Governor · 6 Comments 

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A new statewide poll suggests Governor Jerry Brown may very well start out his initiative campaign to raise taxes with a bit of a tailwind, though it offers clues on how that breeze could still switch directions.

First, the headline in the Public Policy Institute of California's statewide poll: 60% of likely voters like Brown's roughly $7 billion tax plan when read a brief description (65% of all adults) and only 36% oppose it.
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Partisan Gridlock No, Political Battle Yes

December 5, 2011 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Budget, Taxes, The Governor · 5 Comments 

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For a governor who took office with more actual experience than virtually any elected leader in modern times, the long-awaited announcement of a budget-related initiative seems to mark the official end to Act I of Jerry Brown's return to Sacramento.

In his inaugural speech on January 3, Brown said the following: "The budget I propose will assume that each of us who are elected to do the people's business will rise above ideology and partisan interest and find what is required for the good of California."

Contrast that with today's 'open letter' to the public. "I am going directly to the voters," writes Brown, "because I don’t want to get bogged down in partisan gridlock."
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Brown's Pension Musings: From Ponzi to Castor Oil

December 1, 2011 · Filed Under CA Budget, CA Government, The Governor · 10 Comments 

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Few governors could probably pull off an appearance like Governor Jerry Brown's visit to a legislative committee examining his proposal to rework the public employee pension system.

But as he's proved before, Brown often seems to believe that when it comes to explaining his ideas... he's best the guy for the job.
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Brown Paddles Left, Right on Bills

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It is easily the most familiar (and perhaps overused) shorthand for Governor Jerry Brown's philosophy of governance and politics. And yet Brown's self-described "canoe theory" seems to have stood the test of time, with his paddling skills put to the test this past week navigating Capitol waters thick with hundreds of pieces of legislation.

For now, the paddle has been laid down, as has the signing pen, giving the public the chance to gauge whether Brown's path was straight or wildly off course.
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Brown Touts (Almost) Deal on Jobs

September 8, 2011 · Filed Under CA Budget, CA Economy, Taxes, The Governor · 1 Comment 

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Governor Jerry Brown was once famous for declaring an "era of limits," and today's news conference on a bipartisan jobs agreement brought to mind that classic quip in that the news was, well, limited: Brown's announcement reached half a deal... yes in the Assembly, not yet in the Senate.

"We celebrate small victories," said Brown with a twinkle in his eye.
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Brown's Veto Messages Simple, Philosophical

September 7, 2011 · Filed Under The Governor · 3 Comments 

It was a veto message that, if not for the famous signature at the bottom, sounded like the guiding principle of a conservative Republican governor.

"Not every human problem deserves a law," it said.

Of course the author of that statement is not a Republican, but rather Democrat Jerry Brown. And it's one of several new veto messages that shed a little light into the veteran politician's approach to the Legislature in his second go around as governor.
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Budget Revenues Already Shaky

August 9, 2011 · Filed Under CA Budget, CA Economy, The Governor · 1 Comment 

If Governor Jerry Brown's first budget is going to survive without even deeper cuts to schools, health care for the poor, and public safety, things are going to have to get a lot better than they were in July.

And fast.

Newly released receipts show the state missed the mark for revenues in July by $538.8 million, a 10.3% over-assumption in the budget Brown signed into law on June 30.
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Should Brown Have Taken His Own Advice?

August 7, 2011 · Filed Under CA Politics, The Governor · 2 Comments 

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It's impossible to resist taking Governor Jerry Brown's Sunday network news interview, and the advice he offered a fellow Democrat in the White House, and viewing it through the prism of the campaign he ran for governor in 2010.

And when doing so, it becomes clear that Brown is urging President Barack Obama to do pretty much exactly the opposite of what he himself did on the campaign trail just a few months ago: be specific.
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Brown Joins Dems In Budget Deal

June 27, 2011 · Filed Under CA Budget, The Governor · 2 Comments 

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Assuming Democratic legislative leaders have their ducks in a row, by Tuesday night the 2011 budget fight could be one for the record books, after confirmation today that Governor Jerry Brown has closed party ranks on a budget that is missing the one thing Brown has seemed to long for all year long: a stamp of bipartisanship.

To hear the governor tell it, of course, it's not for his lack of trying. In fact, the great question to be answered in the weeks and months to come: did Brown's plan -- a package of extended taxes he wanted ratified by voters -- die for lack of Republican clarity on side issues, Democratic refusal to deal on those side issues, or both?
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