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Gov. Brown Visits San Diego To Propose Billions In New Spending

Gov. Jerry Brown holds up a copy of the education bill he signed during a ceremonial signing at California Middle School in Sacramento on July 1, 2013.

Gov. Jerry Brown will visit San Diego on Thursday to discuss his 2014-15 budget proposal, which includes an increase in spending on schools, health­ care and welfare for low-income Cali­for­ni­ans.

Brown's proposal, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, also includes a $1.6 billion rainy day fund to prepare for any future economic downfalls and $10 billion more than anticipated for schools and community colleges.

"With a decade of intractable deficits behind us, California is poised to take advantage of the recovering economy and the tens of thousands of jobs now being created each month," Brown stated in the budget summary.

"It also funds the expansion of health care coverage to millions of Californians and avoids the early release of serious and violent offenders, while taking important steps to reduce future crime," he added.

Brown planned to hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. at the City Administration Building in downtown San Diego to review his budget.

The governor's office originally stated Brown's visit would take place Friday.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | January 9, 2014 at 8 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

this senile fool is easily manipulated

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CaliforniaDefender | January 9, 2014 at 3:36 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

With California's debt standing at $26.9 billion, Brown is increasing spending?!?

Sounds foolish, even dangerous, and his fellow Democrats are criticizing him for not spending more.

California has the highest average income tax in America at 13.3% and the 2nd highest sales tax at 7.5%.

Add that to sky high cost of living, countless fees, and crippling property taxes, is Brown going to tax us until the majority of our paychecks go to the government?

Why do we even get a paycheck at all?

Big brother will take care of everything. Just put your head down and go back to work.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | January 9, 2014 at 3:58 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I'd rather spend money on Californians than waste it on the Middle East.

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CaliforniaDefender | January 9, 2014 at 6:31 p.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

DLR,

I agree 110%.

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benz72 | January 10, 2014 at 7:14 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes DLR, that is true, but there is a third and superior option to not overspend at all.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 10, 2014 at 8:28 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

There are certain types of spending that make us prosper, and certain spending that is like throwing money away.

A lot of what the Gov is proposing here is education spending which does have a great return.

We need better education to prepare our future generations to be competitive globally and to be a leader in innovation and technology which, in turn, makes our entire country better off and richer.

So I'm not at all upset by what mr. Brown is proposing here.

However, Brown DOES deserve criticism for his overspending on prisons.

Despite court orders demanding reductions and statistics showing California spends billions on long incarcerations for NON-VIOLENT minor offenses, Brown has continued to be a prostitute of the prison industrial complex, beholden to big prison unions, and has simply moved prisoners around and said he will use our money to build more prisons so the government can continue to lock up a disproportionately high number of our citizens instead of complying with court orders.

What Brown SHOULD be doing is directing his Democratic majority legislature to pass prison reform laws that will reduce the number of NON-VIOLENT offenders being expensively dragged through our penal system to off-set his spending on education.

We all know that Republicans won't ever take smart, fiscally prudent actions when it comes to prison reform and "war on drugs" reform because they are too spineless and scared to be painted as"soft on crime".

I was hoping Brown and the Democrats in Sac would be better, but they have proven not to be.

They are just as spineless as the Republicans on the issue of prison reform.

It's very disappointing that we have a supposedly progressive governor, a supposedly progressive state attorney general, and a supposedly progressive super-majority state legislature who COULD pass meaningful, FISCALLY PRUDENT, not to mention HUMAN RIGHTS-MINDED legislation to reduce our prison population so we aren't wasting money on lower level offenders who pose no public safety risk, yet they have chosen not too.

Shame on them all for keeping this a costly prison state which spends more on locking people up than it does on higher education.

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thompsonrichard | January 11, 2014 at 9:59 a.m. ― 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Brown has managed significant improvements: $1.5 billion in an emergency reserve account; $11 billion debt pay down; $10 billion in increased K-12 education funding; $1 billion for higher education to stave off tuition increases. $4.2-billion surplus by the end of June — as opposed to the $26.6-billion deficit he inherited from Schwarzenegger.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Defense anticipates a continued need for a sea-based strategic nuclear force. The first of the current Ohio SSBNs are expected to be retired by 2029, meaning that a prototype must already be seaworthy by then. A replacement would cost over $4 billion per unit. In 2007, the U.S. Navy began a cost control study. Then in December 2008 the U.S. Navy awarded Electric Boat a contract for the missile compartment design of the forthcoming Ohio-class replacement -- worth up to $592 million alone. The new vessel is scheduled to enter the design phase by 2014. It is anticipated that, if a new hull design is used, the program must be initiated by 2016 in order to meet the 2029 deadline. Ten to 15 SSBNs (with 3 more in reserve) form two picket lines now in northern Pacific / Atlantic waters are able to fire enough MERVs to destroy hundreds of cities. By the way, my favorite Winter Olympics event is short track speed skating. The Sochi Games start Feb.8th.

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