Sunday, March 06, 2011
Jerry Brown putting California Republicans on the spot over state budget deficitThe Republicans in the California state legislature, not surprisingly, are stalling on coming to terms with Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrats over the state budget. Brown has asked for a legislative action that would be needed this month to put a referendum on the June ballot for a statewide vote on extending some current taxes to cover $10 billion of the projected 2011-12 budget deficit, and have $10 billion covered by permanent cuts.
But Jerry, unlike too many other Democratic politicians, is willing to call out the Republican obstructionists and tell them to put up or shut up. Dan Morain reported some good examples in Brown: It's time to take a risk Sacramento Bee 02/27/2011:
In this coarsening partisan scene, California's septuagenarian governor took the extraordinary step of entering the legislators' lair the other day, and engaging in a civil conversation about this state's never-ending budget crisis.Jerry is sticking with his Josiah Roycian theme of loyalty to the community. And he's not flinching from head-to-head confrontation with the Republicans over the deficit issue.
Former presidential candidate Brown understands ambition. Sure, legislators take risks by taking stands. But maybe they should grow some spine, as Brown urged:This kind of confrontation with the Republican wrecker Party is what the Democratic needs to be doing over and over.
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