“No deal” CA GOP Senators to governor Jerry Brown


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Is this man over a barrel?

Earlier today the following letter, signed by GOP Senators Tom Berryhill, Bill Emmerson, Sam Blakeslee, Tom Harman and Anthony Cannella  was sent to governor Jerry Brown. Following is the first two paragraphs and closing comment  of this 3 page letter.

“Dear Governor Brown:

We accepted your invitation to bring you our ideas on important structural reforms and willingly took to heart your admonition “to get out of our comfort zone”.  Although it is clear that you engaged in our conversation seriously, it appears we have reached an impasse in our discussion about how to move the state forward.

There is no doubt that  you share our concern over the challenges facing California. In fact, during your successful gubernatorial campaign you argued for reforms similar  to those we presented. We agree that Republicans and Democrats must put aside partisan differences  if we have any hope of fixing the underlying structural problems that contribute to our chronic spending, budget and economic problems. ”

“We remain committed to engaging with you and hope to continue an open dialogue in our effort to balance California’s budget and get Californians back to work.

Respectfully”.

The specific targets to be addressed, found on pages 2 and 3, read:

SPENDING CAP AND REFORMS, REFORMING THE PENSION SYSTEM, REFORMS TO SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION, GOVERNMENT REFORM AND, STRUCTURAL TAX REFORM.”

Gilbert comments/questions.

Will our legislature cave and extend the  temporary tax increase?

Will hundreds of redevelopment agencies be shut down?

Will we see any revision in the current  pension system?

Will public school teachers get pink slips this fall?


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