Tag Archives: Jerry Brown

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 »


LAO Predicts Trigger Pulled On Budget Cuts

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The annual fiscal forecast of the Legislative Analyst’s Office is always interesting to budget wonks, but never so consequential to the services used by millions of Californians as it is this year. That forecast, released this morning, projects the state … Continue reading »


New Pension Initiatives Target Current Workers

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NOTE: An earlier version of this posting misidentified conservative pension activist Marcia Fritz as one of the members of the group behind the new initiative campaign. There’s a temptation to dust off the quote attributed to an infamous bank robber … Continue reading »


Podcast: The 12-Step Pension Plan

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Like any good 12-step recovery plan, Governor Jerry Brown’s 12-point proposal to change the system of pensions for government workers includes both an admission that there’s a problem… and a willingness to change. But the plan, even if it ultimately … Continue reading »


Podcast: Breaking Our Silence

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Like the legendary Phoenix rising from the ashes, or else the annoying in-law who just won’t take a hint, our weekly political chat is back. Back from our longer-than-expected hiatus, this week’s Capital Notes Podcast digs through the rubble of … 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 »


Reporter's Notebook: Bill-o-Rama!

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California’s state legislators have gone home, leaving in their wake hundreds of bills either ratified or rejected. They have also, for the time being, shut down their interparty warfare operations… which gives us a moment to open up a raft … 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 »