California Governor Jerry Brown has amassed $17 million from a well of donors including Exxon Mobil Corp., Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and even porn mogul Larry Flynt for a re-election campaign without saying he plans to run.
With the passage of the first voter- backed statewide tax increase in eight years, Californians sent a clear signal they are tired of failing schools, gridlocked roads and the deterioration over the past decade of the state’s reputation as a standard bearer.
Almost three-quarters of Californians say the state doesn’t spend enough on higher education, according to a new survey, even as revenue forecasts raise the likelihood of more cuts to colleges and universities.
Since 1986, California has used an “enterprise zone” program in an effort to spur investment and job creation in specified areas. The state awards tax credits, more than $700 million a year as of 2010, to businesses that hire designated kinds of workers within the zones. The program is popular with businesses and local officials.
Voter support for legal marijuana in Washington and Colorado is spurring similar campaigns in California and three other states that together may bring pot within lawful reach of almost 1-in-5 Americans.
California Governor Jerry Brown ’s State of the State speech tonight will pitch an “austere” $84.6 billion spending plan that’s drawn criticism from mayors, Republicans and advocates for higher education -- much like his “no-nonsense” first budget in 1975, one-seventh the size.