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Governor Brown and Democratic Leaders Announce Majority Vote Budget Deal

Monday, June 27th, 2011 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News

The key words are “majority vote” which mean that Brown was unable to garner the two thirds vote necessary to eliminate or “reform” the EZ program out of existence.  The following is from the Sacramento Bee:

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced today that they have reached an agreement on a new majority-vote budget plan.

“We’ve had some tough discussions, but I can tell you that the Democrats in both the Senate and the Assembly have now joined with the administration and myself and we have a very good plan going forward with the budget,” Brown said at a press conference in his office this afternoon.

The proposal, outlined in this post, assumes that the state will bring in an additional $4 billion in revenues in the upcoming fiscal year, based in part on higher-than-expected revenue figures in recent months. If those revenues fail to materialize, steeper cuts to programs including K-12 schools, higher education, public safety programs and In-Home Supportive Services would occur later in the year.

“We have severe trigger cuts that will be triggered and go into effect (without the projected revenues),” Brown said. “And those are real.”

A $1 Billion Rose By Any Other Name

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 | Enterprise Zones, Tax News


As reported today by Californians for Jobs and Safe Communities, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth has called the Governor’s proposal to eliminate the Enterprise Zones exactly what it is – a $1b tax increase.   While the Governor has been trying to claim the high road, he’s skirting the real issues, i.e. that he is raising taxes on businesses and not taking it to the voters.

At the February 7, Assembly hearing, someone asked the LAO representatives why the Governor refuses to take his $1 billion tax increase to the voters.  The response was that because the tax increase doesn’t affect all the voters and it therefore doesn’t need to go to the voters.  Without commenting on the wisdom (or legality) of that response, I suggest that the reason why Brown doesn’t want voters to decide on whether the EZ program continues is because of what Max Shenker reported about the public’s opinion on EZs:

Asked if they favored or opposed continuation of this program, 66 percent of survey respondents indicated they favored continuation while only 26 percent opposed, with the remaining eight percent saying “don’t know” or “not sure.” A look at the demographics shows broad support that runs across gender, party and ideology lines, and irrespective of geography and ethnicity.

With less support in the public, perhaps Brown felt he had a better chance by letting the unions try to convince legislators to eliminate the EZ.  So far, his plan is not working with many legislators publicly lining up behind the program.  Brown needs a two third majority to prevail, which from what I’ve heard at the Capital, he isn’t anywhere near.

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