Isn’t It Cool That Jerry Brown And Dems Are Making The Golden State Bright Again With Pubs Marginalized?

But lo and behold, Brown has led a remarkable comeback, both for himself and his state. After inheriting a deficit of $27 billion on a general fund of about $90 billion, Brown has turned California around, aided by a rebound in the construction industry and the housing market on which it depends. Early this month he signed a budget that has a surplus of $1.2 billion by Brown’s conservative estimate. The independent Legislative Analyst’s Office, which usually finds gubernatorial estimates too rosy, says the actual surplus will be more than $4 billion.
Brown has good reason to low-ball the surplus. Democrats won a super-majority in both chambers of the Legislature last year and are itching to spend money. Brown calls Sacramento “a big spending machine” and observes that California revenues are always volatile because they are heavily dependent on the state income tax. Brown put a hefty chunk of the surplus into a rainy-day fund to offset any future deficits. He has vowed to keep the budget balanced, a promise he has the power to keep because California governors have line-item veto authority and Brown is far more popular than the Legislature.
Brown, now 75, shares credit for the state’s fiscal turnaround with voters, notes George Skelton, longtime Sacramento columnist for the Los Angeles Times. In 2010, voters freed the Legislature from perennial fiscal gridlock by approving a ballot measure allowing passage of budgets by a simple (rather than a two-thirds) majority.
Last November, the electorate did even more by passing Proposition 30, which raised sales taxes and income taxes on high earners. Brown had promised as a candidate for governor in 2010 that he would not agree to any tax increase without voter approval. When Republicans refused to put a tax-increase proposal on the ballot, Brown did so himself. He gathered the necessary signatures to qualify the measure and then campaigned for it relentlessly, saying that schools needed the money.
After Proposition 30 passed, Brown said the new revenues should be funneled mostly to the state’s poorest school districts, many with large numbers of non-English-speaking students. California has one of the nation’s highest poverty rates, with one in five children (and one in three Latino children) living in poverty, according a study early this year. The Legislature balked but compromised, giving Brown most of what he wanted.
The governor’s willingness to tackle the tough issues has impressed Californians. He has a 51 percent approval rating in a University of Southern California poll and 48 percent approval in a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. These are high marks for a Golden State politician. Brown is an odds-on favorite to win re-election if he runs in 2014, as most observers expect.
With Brown leading the way, California has on several fronts recovered the progressive footing it claimed in the days of Earl Warren, a visionary three-term governor in the 1940s and 1950s before President Eisenhower appointed him to the Supreme Court.
California was the first state to pass legislation implementing President Obama’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act. The state is also well along in expanding Medicaid, the federal-state program to provide health care for the poor and disabled, and expects to meet the Oct. 1 deadline for setting up online marketplaces known as exchanges, intended to allow individuals and families without health insurance to purchase affordable policies.

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7 Responses to “Isn’t It Cool That Jerry Brown And Dems Are Making The Golden State Bright Again With Pubs Marginalized?”

  1. RUKiddin says:

    No one’s going to read your diatribe.

  2. John says:

    What is so “cool” about it?

  3. From See to Shining See says:

    Well written.

  4. Stogiema says:

    You get an A in “cut and paste” and an F in original thought and analysis.

  5. Bad Wolf says:

    So basically what you just said is that Brown raised taxes on working Americans to pay for illegals?
    How the heck is that GOOD????

  6. John W says:

    Then why are some of its cities declaring bankruptcy sounds like the books are cooked in my opinion

  7. Flower says:

    Next time just give the hyperlink, dont paste the whole story here.

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