Jerry Brown vetoes Democratic budget plan

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed the budget package passed Wednesday by Democratic legislators, sources say, which creates a potential rift within his own party.

The plan contains higher taxes, billions of dollars in delayed payments to schools, and various accounting maneuvers to balance the books. Brown had previously warned that he would not sign a budget containing such accounting gimmicks.

It is unclear whether state lawmakers will receive their paychecks in the wake of the veto. Under a law passed by voters last year, legislators lose pay if they fail to send the governor a budget by June 15. Lawmakers said Wednesday they believe the budget they passed meets that test, but Controller John Chiang, California’s chief financial officer, will decide whether to issue their paychecks.

Brown’s veto is the latest twist in a budget process that has been just as divisive and partisan as it was under his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Senate Republicans had been negotiating with Brown on his preferred plan, which would include a fall election on higher taxes. They want pension changes and a limit on future state spending in return for their support, and Brown has said he is willing to go along. But the Republicans say they have not met with the governor for more than a week.

In what could’ve been a huge public relations win-win for Brown, instead turns into the governor whiffle-waffling on his fellow Democrats and heading straight into the tiresome “obstructionist Republicans” talking points.

Can’t say I blame him as it has certainly worked well for them in the past.

Californians have shown time and time again that they haven’t a clue as to who’s really been running Sacramento.

Namely Democrats and the unions.

Oh well …onward and downward.


  1. MCPO
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm |

    TUA – North Carolina has to be a better deal than staying there while the state circles the drain, non?

  2. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm |

    I’ll second the Master Chief.
    Democrat Governor vs Republican legislature.
    No mud slides.

  3. The Ugly American
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm |

    Yes but I’d be crazy to leave a good-paying job right now.

    Also, NC had better start doing some house-cleaning with their own illegal-immigrant problem before it swallows them under too.

    Not liking all the tell-tale signs I see creeping in every time I fly home.

    That and start charging Yankees libtards a border-crossing fee.

    And if my bad-ass merchant marine uncle Lonnie were alive today to see a fucking commie red star proudly displayed in the windows of a certain downtown Wilmington bar, he and his buddies would burn the place to the ground.

    Still haven’t gotten over that one.

  4. dick not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

    start charging Yankees libtards a border-crossing fee.
    and require an approved visa with a short return date. Been trying to get that in Virginia for decades, because I’m sick of watching those MFCS utterly screw up their home states, move here with the big bucks they got from their overpriced houses and union pensions, then try to tell us what’s wrong with our ways of doing things and move their bullshit ideas into our neighborhoods, farms and governments.

  5. geezerette
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm |

    But But— oh well what the hell?

  6. rickn8or
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm |

    TUA– Try a compromise: Knoxville, TN. Close to NC, No state income tax, no earthquakes.

  7. Lucius Severus Pertinax
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm |

    Actually, i think Brown did the right thing. He WARNED them.. no gimmicks.

    The extra 1 cent sales tax is to expire next month. The budget backs off only 3/4 of a cent
    that is a tax increase that is forbidden under the recently pased Proposition 26; which requires a 2/3 vote in both houses to pass.
    Forthat and other reasons, the Budget passed by the Dems was legally unsustainable and Brown knew that. He really had no choice but veto it.

    The assholes that voted for the budget knew it too; they were sure, however, that Brown, also a Democrat , would go along with the charade.
    They were wrong.

  8. The Ugly American
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm |

    ^^^ Window dressing ^^^

    All this is to make Brown look like a big shot while they do an end around on the voters.

  9. Another Bob
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm |

    “Californians have shown time and time again that they haven’t a clue as to who’s really been running Sacramento.
    Namely Democrats and the unions.”

    Which distills down to “The unions run Sacramento.”

  10. Fat Baxter
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm |

    TUA — Come to Alabama. Republican governor, and both houses in Republican hands – the first time since Reconstruction. And we just got some Arizona-like immigration legislation. Did I mention a low cost of living? No-hassle concealed carry (just pass a background check)?

    Just avoid Birmingham (corrupt leadership; bankrupt; war zone) and Montgomery proper (still stuck in the ’60s civil rights era).