It has been 35 years since California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a measure that, as Governor Jerry Brown put it in 2011, “started the centralization of power” in the state. He should know because he was also governor in 1978 and helped oversee that shift.
California would borrow $500 million in carbon allowance auction proceeds, required by law to be spent on emissions-cutting efforts, to cover general expenses under Governor Jerry Brown’s latest budget.
California Governor Jerry Brown increased spending on education by $2.9 billion and projected that the state would have an $850 million surplus at the end of next year after voters boosted sales and income taxes.
The U.S. Supreme Court fight over California’s Proposition 8, viewed by gay-rights advocates as a historic opportunity to establish same-sex marriage nationwide, may not even settle the issue in the state.
The California National Guard’s ability to supply planes and helicopters to fight wildfires in a season already above normal may be jeopardized by automatic federal budget cuts, according to the two-star general who commands the force.
California Governor Jerry Brown, under a federal court order to reduce prison rolls, laid out a plan to slash the number of inmates more than he already has while telling judges he is reluctant to take the steps.
California’s prison industries program, which includes ventures from coffee-roasting to furniture-making, is the largest such U.S. effort to give felons a life after lockup. Yet Governor Jerry Brown’s very success in reducing inmate overcrowding is endangering it.