I am sorry to say that this was really a dog and pony show. I am appreciative of his visit. I am glad he came out BUT I wish he had it at the COC PAC or 40 feet away from where we had it the Hart Auditorium.
The Governor didnt answer a question, NOT ONE.
I had high hopes, I guess that’s why I was so let down.
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Sharing the dais with Brown were State Budget Director Ana Matosantos, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, California Probation Chief Donald Blevins and Interim L.A. County Superintendent John Gundr/
The governor said that in years past, the façade of a balanced budget was just that.
“Kicking the can down the road, gimmicks or smoke and mirrors, you choose,” Brown said, referring to budgets that were promoted as balanced by previous administrators.
“We started with a $26.6 billion budget and we have $14.0 billion in cuts voted on by the legislature,” Brown explained. “That leaves us only $13.0 billion to go. That’s a lot.”
“Here we are the richest state in the richest nation in the world and we can’t agree on the basis,” he said, referring to partisan bickering that was contributing to the fiscal impasse. “As we make government lean and efficient, let’s not take it out on the kids.”