Category Archives: The Governor

Brown Announces Some, Not All, Budget Trigger Cuts

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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 … Continue reading »


Brown May Have Found Tax Sweet Spot, Says Poll

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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 … Continue reading »


Partisan Gridlock No, Political Battle Yes

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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. … Continue reading »


Brown's Pension Musings: From Ponzi to Castor Oil

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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 … Continue reading »


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 … Continue reading »


Brown Touts (Almost) Deal on Jobs

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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… … Continue reading »


Brown's Veto Messages Simple, Philosophical

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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 … Continue reading »


Budget Revenues Already Shaky

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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 … Continue reading »


Should Brown Have Taken His Own Advice?

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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 … Continue reading »


Brown Joins Dems In Budget Deal

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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 … Continue reading »