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Brown Budget Veto

| June 16, 2011
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Mr. Veto

Jerry Brown vetoed the budget that was sent to him by his own party, saying it “continues big deficits… and adds billions of dollars of new debt. It also contains legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings. Finally, it is not financeable and (will) not allow us to meet our obligations as they occur.”

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  • Jordan

    Gov. Brown has my full support

  • Bill

    I respect Brown’s sincerity in this, yet I think it is foolish politically. He ends by saying that, barring GOP cooperation, Democrats “will be forced to pursue deeper and more destructive cuts to schools and public safety– a tragedy for which Republicans will bear full responsibility.” I suspect that Republicans would be giddy with that result, because Brown and Democrats will be the ones who voted to gut programs for the poor.

    There’s just no way for politicians to fix things in this state without losing politically. Polls show that most voters are against cutting any specific service and reliably elect big Democratic majorities in the legislature, but are against giving the government more money to avoid savage cuts (example: big majorities of voters support keeping the 2/3 requirement to raise taxes).

    California voters basically want magic, and blame politicians when magic is not forthcoming. Since the GOP is the anti-government party, they’re the ones who stand to benefit when the state government appears irreparably broken. So Brown would be wiser to use smoke and mirrors to hide the deficit until the economy improves and tax revenues recover.

    • CB

      I agree – someone has to bite the bullet and decide what is correct for California may not necessarily be correct for “their” political agenda. California needs help and someone has to stand up and do what’s right. Regardless the consequences.

      • Bill

        I get the feeling that Brown doesn’t care so much about getting re-elected, which might have something to do with his age. The dear-departed Governator claimed he’d make the really tough decisions to fix the state’s budget mess, but ended up agreeing to kick the can down the road. Maybe Brown will really bite the bullet — or maybe he’ll just tilt at windmills for a while hoping to get the impossible compromise, then go the typical smoke-and-mirrors route.

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