Poll: Half of Calif. voters like the job Brown's doing

Mar 22, 2011 Full story: www.fresnobee.com

Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011
By David Siders / The Sacramento Bee

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"In his address, at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Brown said Californians deserve to vote on tax extensions, and he criticized Republican lawmakers he said were unwilling to either extend taxes or make sufficient spending cuts.

"If you're not going to vote to extend taxes, you're not going to vote to cut, you're not going to vote to do anything to redevelopment, so, what the hell are you going to do?" he said. "By the way, if you're not going to do anything, why do you take a paycheck?"
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Early in his third term, about half of California voters like the job Gov. Jerry Brown is doing, according to a new Field Poll.

The poll comes as Brown continues negotiating with the Legislature to close a $26.6 billion budget deficit.

Brown's approval rating could factor heavily in an election campaign to extend tax increases - a major part of his budget plan - but only if he can first persuade lawmakers to put the matter to a vote.

"It's actually a fairly good reading for Brown," said Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo. "Given that he's trying to take things to a special election, it shows that he has significant political capital."

Those who approve of Brown's performance outnumber those who disapprove by more than 2-1. Almost one-third don't have an opinion.

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Orange Cove

#1 Mar 22, 2011
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"If you're not going to vote to extend taxes, you're not going to vote to cut, you're not going to vote to do anything to redevelopment, so, what the hell are you going to do?" he said. "By the way, if you're not going to do anything, why do you take a paycheck?"
~~~ Governor Jerry Brown

Actually Guv they are ALL sitting around in "hand-wringing" sessions waiting to see what the right-wingnut-case -- Grover -- is going to permit them to say. In their little world, saying nothing is a safe place to be.

NOT proffering a workable alternate plan is also a safe place to be. Doing nothing is safe???

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Grover Norquist, Washington voice in state budget
March 17, 2011|By Debra J. Saunders

http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-03-17/opinion...

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De Facto CA GOP Leader Grover Norquist Needs a New De Facto Job
by: John Burton
Fri Mar 18, 2011

http://www.calitics.com/diary/13281/de-facto-...

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Grover Norquist, Washington voice in state budget
March 17, 2011|By Debra J. Saunders
http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-03-17/opinion...

De Facto CA GOP Leader Grover Norquist Needs a New De Facto Job
by: John Burton
Fri Mar 18, 2011

http://www.calitics.com/diary/13281/de-facto-...

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Orange Cove

#2 Mar 22, 2011
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CSU may cut 10,000 students next year

By Laurel Rosenhall .. lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011

California State University campuses may cut enrollment by 10,000 students for the 2011-12 year as part of a larger plan for dealing with budget cuts, officials told trustees during a board meeting today in Long Beach.

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed cutting the CSU budget by $500 million, or 18 percent, if legislators and voters approve a series of tax extensions. At the board meeting, CSU officials presented some big-picture strategies for handling the cuts. In addition to cutting enrollment, they said they'll ask CSU's 23 campuses to collectively cut $281 million and the chancellor's office to reduce its budget by $10.8 million. Staff reductions appear likely, though few specifics were given.

"Because 84 percent of CSU's operating cost is for personnel, the CSU will need to reduce expenses in that area by at least $250 million," a statement from the university says.

CSU will not consider furloughs unless the budget cuts are deeper than $500 million, said CSU Chancellor Charles Reed. That could happen if Brown's proposed tax extensions don't get on the ballot or are rejected by voters. In that case, Reed said, the CSU could see cuts of $1 billion.

"A reduction of that level would force us to reexamine potentially drastic measures including much larger cuts to enrollment and increased tuition fees among other strategies," Reed said in a statement.

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/22/3495619/csu-...

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Orange Cove

#3 Mar 22, 2011
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BREAKING NEWS - 15:15 HOURS

CapitolAlert
The latest on California politics and government

March 22, 2011

Jerry Brown considering ballot initiative on taxes
Gov. Jerry Brown is considering a November ballot initiative to extend tax increases and may announce it as early as this week, bypassing Republican opposition in the Legislature, a source said.

The source said Brown is continuing to negotiate with Republican lawmakers to put tax extensions on a June ballot through a two-thirds vote in the Legislature. That remains his preferred course, but he is considering two alternatives should talks fail. The Democratic governor is more likely to pursue an initiative than to try putting taxes on the ballot through a simple majority in the Legislature, the source said.

Brown believes business groups are more likely to support a ballot initiative than any maneuver for a majority vote in the Legislature, the source said, and thinks business groups fear a majority tax vote may set a precedent for other taxes.

The source said a ballot initiative would likely include some concessions to conservative interests. Among those being considered are regulatory reform and a spending cap.

Brown has been negotiating for weeks with Republican lawmakers to push through his bid to extend temporary taxes on income, vehicles and sales, a central part of his budget plan.

Reaching a two-thirds majority would require at least two Republican votes in each house, a measure of support Brown has failed to obtain.

Brown has repeatedly said he would seek bipartisan support for tax extensions. On Monday, however, he said in a speech to labor groups that a vote would occur "no matter what anybody says across the street."

Brown spokeswoman Elizabeth Ashford said this afternoon that Brown is committed to negotiating with Republicans and believes he can reach agreement.

"He's convinced he can get the votes," she said.

MORE ... http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/20...

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Orange Cove

#4 Mar 22, 2011
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Brown's Plan B getting another look

3/22/11

In private conversations, the governor noted that he was considering alternatives – long discussed -- that include placing a tax-and-cut budget package on the ballot via simple-majority votes of the Legislature, Capitol sources said, a maneuver that would allow his plan to get to the ballot without Republican backing.

John Howard @ Capitol Weekly

MORE ... http://capitolweekly.net/article.php...

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#5 Mar 23, 2011
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Teachers union takes to the airwaves in budget fight

3/23/11

The union began airing a statewide radio ad on Wednesday decrying that more cuts to schools -- and more teacher layoffs --“means a dead-end for California’s children on the path to success.”

Shane Goldmacher LA Times PolitiCal
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-po...

Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/20...

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