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Jerry Brown Runs True to Form - protects his union buddies, stumps for taxes.

Gov. Brown is making all kinds of promises. Only one thing stand in his way. The unions in CA are very powerful and are not going to take it. Gene wrote a great article about the subject.

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association just published a report responding to Jerry Brown's budget proposal. If you listened to his speech and read the copy, you'll notice a few items Jerry has omitted from his request for cuts - namely his old buddies in the public employees unions. Oh, there's a chance if he makes good on his threat to cut 10% across the board for state employee salaries there will be some impact to the rank and file of state workers. But no real cuts to personnel, and no cuts to the over staffed committees, commissions and redundant bureaus that plague our state filled with people earning $125,000 and more.

Very sad to note that, much like President Obama, the business community is barely an afterthought on his radar. This state is hemorrhaging jobs by the thousands to more business friendly states. Business should be his first area of focus - how can he work with them to retain and increase jobs in the state. Nope - just an afterthought.

Brown needs the votes of 2 Republicans to get this tax increase extension on the ballot this spring. Lets hope the caucus holds firm in demanding some real, genuine, honest reductions in state spending before we resort to taxing the businesses and citizens even more. It's time to stop running this state on  the backs and out of the pocketbooks of our citizens.

Frankly, I doubt Jerry is up for that challenge. We'll see billions spent to demonize Republicans and businesses during the next couple months. Follow the money - the public unions aren't going to fritter away billions on this attempt if they don't expect a substantial pay-off. Unions are not altruistic by nature. If there's nothing in it for them - they ain't interested. Given the fact that Jerry was the one who opened the door to them 25 years ago, it seems unlilely he'll also be the man to close that door. Hope I'm wrong. 

Jerry on a Leash

By Jon Coupal

Governor Brown has submitted a budget that he claims includes drastic spending cuts.  And he has dropped the other sandal by announcing he will also seek massive tax hikes, a package of increases that are essentially the same as those overwhelmingly rejected by voters in May of 2009.

While the expert analysis of the budget plan continues, it has already become obvious that a number of items described as “cuts,” do not represent a decrease in spending, just tricky bookkeeping.  For example, Brown shows a billion dollar pay down on the deficit by raiding the voter approved Proposition 10 tobacco tax that goes to support children’s services.

However, one does not need a green eyeshade to see that two areas of state spending that are being held sacrosanct are K-12 funding and prisons.  In fact, if Brown’s plan is approved, the prison budget will be expanded from $8.9 billion to 9.1 billion, even though California already spends over twice as much per prisoner than does Texas, and much more than the national average.

Perhaps Brown has insulated these programs against reductions because they in fact reflect his policy priorities.  But a telling statement he made when talking to reporters reveals a far more political motivation.  When he was asked who would help him in a campaign for the tax hikes, Brown immediately said “CTA.”  After a pause, he followed that up by mentioning other labor groups and then, almost as an afterthought, he mentioned the business community.

It is no accident that he listed the powerful teachers union first.  The California Teachers Association (CTA) spent more than two million dollars to support passage of taxes in the 2009 election and has the potential to spend millions more in support of ballot measures it likes.  And the politically active prison guards union has the potential to spend many millions in support of higher taxes to protect pay and benefits for its members.

So while the governor has promised he will not try to impose new taxes without voter approval, he is lining up government employee union backers who can spend tens of millions of dollars without batting an eye to overwhelm regular folks who are already having trouble meeting mortgages or rent in a state where those who are unemployed or underemployed is nearly 23 percent.

Need more evidence that Brown is catering to the most powerful government employee unions?  He has booted those members of the State Board of Education who supported reform and were opposed by the CTA.

Expect to see these unions bankroll an avalanche of television ads in support of higher taxes focusing on children and the elderly and any other group that political spin doctors believe will illicit sympathy and get voters to open their wallets.  In fact, the ads will surely ask for a generic vote of “yes,” without ever mentioning the words tax increase.  Nowhere will we see represented the impact that our already high taxes have had on forcing business and jobs to flee the state, and the unemployed and under employed that are left in the wake.

Make no mistake; it is working families, especially low income families that will bear the brunt of these tax increases.  The sales tax is highly regressive.  The car tax will be the greatest burden on the working poor.  And the impact of cutting the tax exemption for children is obvious.

So the question remains, will voters be convinced by a multi-million dollar ad campaign to approve tax increases which are designed, first and foremost, to protect public employee unions?  It didn’t work in May of 2009 and, if anything, public perception of government unions has deteriorated even further.  Perhaps no amount of campaign funds will give the unions the tax increases they so desperately want.  And, after criticizing Meg Whitman on how much she spent on her run for Governor, perhaps a costly defeat for the unions would be poetic justice.

Comment balloon 1 commentKevin Robinson • January 27 2011 09:24AM


It took YEARS of GOP govenors to UNdo the DAMAGE that Moonbeam did lat time around * CA voters are too stoned or young to remember!  From Wikipedia

Governor of California (1975–1983)

Official gubernatorial portrait of Jerry Brown painted by Don Bachardy

[edit]First term

In 1974, Brown was in a three-person primary race with Speaker of the California Assembly Bob Moretti and San Francisco Mayor Joseph L. Alioto. Alioto had support in Northern California and Moretti in Southern California. Brown had the name recognition of his father, Pat Brown, whom Democrats fondly remembered for his progressive administration.[9] Brown won the primary, and in the General Election on November 5, 1974, Brown was elected Governor of California over California State Controller Houston I. Flournoy. Republicans ascribed the loss to anti-Republican feelings from Watergate, the election being held only ninety days after President Richard Nixon resigned from office. Brown succeeded Republican Governor Ronald Reagan, who had planned on retiring from office after serving two terms.[10] Eight years after his father left Sacramento in 1967, Jerry Brown took office on January 6, 1975.[11]

Upon taking office, Brown gained a reputation as a fiscal conservative.[12][13] The American Conservative later noted he was "much more of a fiscal conservative thanGovernor Reagan."[13] His fiscal restraint resulted in one of the biggest budget surpluses in state history, roughly $5 billion.[13][14][15] For his personal life, Brown refused many of the privileges and perks of the office, forgoing the newly constructed governor's residence and instead renting a modest apartment at the corner of 14th and N Streets, adjacent to Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento.[16] Instead of riding as a passenger in a chauffeured limousine as previous governors had done, Brown drove to work in a Plymouth Satellite sedan.[17][18]

During his two-term, eight-year governorship, Brown had a strong interest in environmental issues. Brown appointed J. Baldwin to work in the newly created California Office of Appropriate Technology, Sim Van der Ryn as State Architect, and Stewart Brand as Special Advisor. He appointed John Bryson, later the CEO of Southern California Edison Electric Company and a founding member of the Natural Resources Defense Council, chairman of the California State Water Board in 1976. Brown also reorganized the California Arts Council, boosting its funding by 1300 percent and appointing artists to the council[8] and appointed more women and minorities to office than any other previous California governor.[8] In 1977 he sponsored the "first-ever tax incentive for rooftop solar" among many environmental intiatives.[19] In 1975, Brown obtained the repeal of the "depletion allowance", a tax break for the state's oil industry, despite the efforts of the lobbyist Joe Shell, a former intraparty rival to Richard M. Nixon.[20]

Like his father, Brown strongly opposed the death penalty and vetoed it as Governor, which the legislature overrode in 1977. He also appointed judges who opposed capital punishment. One of these appointments, Rose Bird as the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, was recalled in 1986 by voters angry at her opposition to the death penalty. She and two other Brown appointed justices were the first such removals in California history.[21] In 1960, he had lobbied his father, then Governor, to spare the life of Caryl Chessman and reportedly won a 60-day stay for him.[22][23]

He was both in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment and opposed to Proposition 13, the latter of which would decrease property taxes and greatly reduce revenue to cities and counties.[13][24] When Proposition 13 passed in June 1978, he heavily cut state spending and, along with the Legislature, spent much of the $5 billion surplus to meet the proposition's requirements and help offset the revenue losses which made cities, counties and schools more dependent on the state.[13][14][24] His actions in response to the proposition earned him praise from Proposition 13 author Howard Jarvis who went as far to make a television commercial for Brown just before his successful reelection bid in 1978.[24][25]

The controversial proposition immediately cut tax revenues and required a two-thirds supermajority to raise taxes.[26] Proposition 13 "effectively destroyed the funding base of local governments and school districts, which thereafter depended largely on Sacramento for their revenue".[27] Max Neiman, a professor at the Institute of Government Studies at University of California, Berkeley, credited Brown in "bailing out local government and school districts" but felt it was harmful "because it made it easier for people to believe that Proposition 13 wasn't harmful."[19]

[edit]Second term

Brown at premiere of Sylvester Stallone's movie F.I.S.T. in 1978

On November 7, 1978, Jerry Brown was re-elected governor. The Republican candidate was state Attorney General Evelle J. Younger, (1918–1989) a former Los Angeles County District Attorney. Jerry Brown had the attention of the state, national and international media.

Brown was responsible for appointing the first openly gay judge in United States when he named Stephen Lachs to serve on the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 1979.[28] In 1981, he also appointed the first openly lesbian judge in the United States, Mary C. Morgan of the San Francisco Municipal Court.[29] Brown completed his second term having appointed a total of five openly gay judges, including Rand Schrader and Jerold Krieger.[30][31] Brown had completed his first term as governor without appointing any openly gay people to any position, but he cited the failed 1978 Briggs Initiative, which sought to ban homosexuals from working in California's public schools, for his increased support of gay rights.[28]

Brown proposed the establishment of a state space academy and the purchasing of a satellite that would be launched into orbit to provide emergency communications for the state —- a proposal similar to one that was indeed eventually adopted. In 1979, an out-of-state columnist, Mike Royko, then at the Chicago Sun-Times, picked up on the nickname from Brown's girlfriend at the time, Linda Ronstadt, who was quoted in a 1978 Rolling Stone magazine interview humorously calling him "Moonbeam".[32][33] A year later Royko expressed his regret for publicizing the nickname,[34] and in 1991 Royko disavowed it entirely, proclaiming Brown to be just as serious as any other politician.[35][36][37][38]

Brown chose not to run for a third term in 1982 and instead ran for the United States Senate, but lost to then San Diego mayor Pete Wilson. He was succeeded as governor by George Deukmejian, then the Attorney General of California, in 1983.


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