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Jerry Brown says lawmakers need to 'man up' and cut California's budget
Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/14/12 | David Siders

Posted on 04/14/2012 1:38:16 PM PDT by SmithL

Gov. Jerry Brown urged the Legislature on Friday to "man up" and make spending cuts, acknowledging the state budget deficit is likely larger than he previously thought.

The Democratic governor, in an interview on Bay Area talk radio station KGO (810 AM), said the deficit is "probably bigger now" than the $9.2 billion he estimated earlier this year.

"We're trying to be as prudent as we can," Brown said. "That's why the Legislature has to man up, make the cuts and get some taxes and we'll make it."

Democrats this year have resisted Brown's proposed cuts to social services and higher education, and his demand that spending reductions be enacted by March fell flat.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, has said it is too early in the budget calendar to make potentially unnecessary cuts. His spokeswoman, Alicia Trost, said Friday that "it's best to wait and get a clear picture" of the budget when Brown revises his budget proposal in May. Trost said Democrats have enacted spending reductions in previous years and "this year will be no different."

Brown's "man up" remark was reminiscent of when Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called legislative Democrats "girlie men" in 2004, also in a budget dispute.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: darrellsteinberg; goldenstate; moonbeam; taxandspend; yourtaxdollarsatwork

1 posted on 04/14/2012 1:38:33 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Is Moonbeam starting to grow the semblance of a brain in his golden years?


2 posted on 04/14/2012 1:41:27 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: SmithL

Give ‘em hell, Jerry. You can start by getting rid of the communist state government workers unions that you setup way back when that are killing the golden state. Then you can send your idiotic bullet train on a highspeed run to hell!!


3 posted on 04/14/2012 1:43:15 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (There's no crying in rebellion!!)
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To: ErnBatavia

No, he’s just blathering away as usual. He’s nothing but a useful idiot for his communist bosses.


4 posted on 04/14/2012 1:44:50 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (There's no crying in rebellion!!)
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To: SmithL

Man up? These girly men? Get real, Jerry. It’s California.


5 posted on 04/14/2012 1:48:55 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: SmithL

“Talking tough”, then an end around play to raise taxes.


6 posted on 04/14/2012 1:49:28 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SmithL

Yeah, man up and kill the LA-SF choo-choo that NOBODY wants.


7 posted on 04/14/2012 1:56:42 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SmithL
California Democrats cut taxes?

I don't think Brown speaks Spanish and he may have misunderstood Mexico City's instructions.

8 posted on 04/14/2012 1:57:34 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: SmithL

“Man Up” == sexist.


9 posted on 04/14/2012 2:01:06 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: SmithL

Wow.Depending on how he proposes to cut the budget maybe this is a sign that Governor Moonbeam *is* able to put down the crack pipe from time to time.


10 posted on 04/14/2012 2:04:56 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: SmithL
make the cuts and get some taxes

Given the 2, guess which the democrats will emphasize?

11 posted on 04/14/2012 2:17:26 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: SmithL
Rats understand spending but they are not familiar with cuts.
12 posted on 04/14/2012 2:33:28 PM PDT by JPG (Hold on tight; rough road ahead.)
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To: SmithL

Brown is just POed because people don’t like the half cent general sales tax hike he’s proposed, and the alternative Millionaire’s Tax ballot measure forces revenue collected to be spent a certain way.


13 posted on 04/14/2012 2:36:11 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: SmithL

Oh wow. Tax-and-spend lib Moonbeam rejects 40 plus years of his own state career accomplishments in one day.

It is Brown’s lifelong legacy. Now CA gets to “enjoy” it.


14 posted on 04/14/2012 2:44:38 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: SmithL

Oh wow. Tax-and-spend lib Moonbeam rejects 40 plus years of his own state career accomplishments in one day.

It is Brown’s lifelong legacy. Now CA gets to “enjoy” it.


15 posted on 04/14/2012 2:44:44 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: SmithL

Yeah sure.... Meanwhile, California has more than enough offshore oil to pay off its debts and keep their socialist idiocy.


16 posted on 04/14/2012 2:45:24 PM PDT by pallis
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To: SmithL

Hey Moonbeam,

There hasn’t been any real Govt Men since Ronald Reagan was Governor. You might as well turn the keys over to MET-I-CO


17 posted on 04/14/2012 2:51:44 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: SmithL

I am guessing that when all is done, the CA deficit will be around $20 billion AGAIN this year. California has been a fiscal basket case since 2000. Note revenue problem. SPENDING problem.

For the first time in his life, Brown is right and not lying. That said, I’ll be stuned if he does anything about it. Just stuned.

2010-11 $25.4 billion

2009-10 $21.3 billion

2008-09 $17.2 billion

2007-08 $2 billion?

2006-07 $20 billion

2005-06 $9 billion

2004-05 $14 billion

2003-04 $38 billion

2002-03 $21 billion

NOTE: All during the Housing Boom the legislature spent the MASSIVE property tax windfall as fast as they could and more. The communists in the CA state legislature have never seen a budget deficit they didn’t like.

Big fans of Obama, apparently.

The Democrats love massing up huge debt. Just love it.


18 posted on 04/14/2012 3:01:25 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: SmithL

What a laugh ... having all the girlie-men man up!


19 posted on 04/14/2012 3:08:32 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: JPG
Cuts? Que es los "cuts"? Yo no comprendez.
20 posted on 04/14/2012 4:14:46 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: JPG
Cuts? Que es los "cuts"? Yo no comprendo.
21 posted on 04/14/2012 4:15:06 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SmithL
1st action needed to fix the state financially, enact a part time legislature. 50% time or less with correlating pay and perks cuts.
22 posted on 04/14/2012 4:42:34 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: SmithL
I wonder if he regrets it the second time around.

These are not the Democrats of your (relative) youth, Governor.

23 posted on 04/14/2012 5:17:53 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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