Experts Expound

Experts Expound

“So what happens now on the state budget? Does Jerry Brown pull a rabbit out of a hat, or are we in for a long, hot summer?”


Jerry doesnt need a rabbit, he just needs … and likely will get … a few Republican legislators to trade in their principles for six-figure sinecures at PERB, Waste Management or other lucrative backwater.

If Brown does not follow the lead of Gov. Walker – which tea leaves are not hard to read – and slash pay and retirement of public sector workers it won’t matter. No New Taxes.
I don’t know what’s worse: a budget stalemate that lasts as long as the Middle Ages or a quick fight that results in a bad budget. Kudos for Brown, the old pol, but I think we’re going to get a terrible budget this year.

Brown better get ready to put on his tap dancing shoes. These negotiations are going to get ugly.

Probably a long, hot summer. Brown needs to emerge from the closed-door, back-room machinations in the Capitol and start aggressively taking his case to the public before it’s too late. He’s acting more like a mediator than a leader, and polls clearly suggest that many voters really don’t know what he’s doing.

The “rabbit in the hat” is this: If there is no budget in place this summer, legislators will not be paid their salaries or per diem for every day there is no budget-Period.

Long budget cycle. But that might be best. Labor will sweat the most until they cave.

It depends on the business leaders – it’s up to them to pressure the Republicans to do the right thing.  And, Jerry is going to have to give some ground on pension and regulatory reform.  I don’t think it will be a long, hot summer.

If Republicans are smart, they’ll strike the budget reform deals they’ve always wanted while they still can, and then add the word ‘statesman’ to their bios.

Silly wabbit: You poke your head out of the hole and Elmer will shoot it off. If Reeps vote for his tax increases, they’re toast. End of story.

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