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Can Gov. Jerry Brown keep the promises he made with Proposition 30? The day after California voters helped patch the state's recession-battered budget by approving Proposition 30's temporary tax hikes in 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown promised to treat the money as a short-term stopgap. "It will be my goal to make sure the state is in such fiscal health that we can keep gliding into the future without having to go back to the well for more taxes," he told reporters at the time. Comment?
The state budget was signed Monday with four days to spare before the deadline, and though we don't miss the drama over perpetually late budgets, we certainly do miss the debate over how best to manage the state's finances. Ever since voters -- fed up with late budgets -- decided to give the Democratic Party a free pass to approve an annual spending plan without Republican input, the budget gets done on time. Comment?
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