Podcast: Budget Vows

February 25, 2011 · Filed Under Podcasts · Comments Off 

Promises. Pledges. Assurances. Even vows, at least in the mind of Governor Jerry Brown. All have been discussed this week when it comes to the state's budget mess, and what is -- or isn't -- doable when it comes to resolving it.

This week's Capital Notes Podcast (yes, we're back) recaps a week in which budget conferees began to meet, new promises were made by some Republicans, and the governor joked that he could help move those promises along... if needed.

Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times and I also discuss the short time frame left for major budget action... which means any action at all probably happens only at the bitter end.

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Note: Thanks to all of you who wrote & tweeted about the podcast while it was away! We'll work to keep finding time to, um, make stuff up. --JM

Question Time With Jerry Brown

February 24, 2011 · Filed Under CA Budget, The Governor · 1 Comment 

KQED/John Myers

No one seems to be able to recall a sitting governor testifying in front of legislative budget conferees, and in truth it really wasn't testimony that Governor Jerry Brown seemed interested in this morning... but rather, a dialogue.

And so for about an hour, the state's chief executive chatted with the bipartisan group -- joking, jabbing, and reflecting about California's massive budget mess.
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