Gov. Brown Decries ‘Divided Government’ On National TV

WASHINGTON (KCBS) – California Governor Jerry Brown said he’s dismayed by what he calls “the state of the divided government” both in Washington and in Sacramento.

Brown appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning and said that the Republicans current no-tax posture is so strong that compromise doesn’t seem to be a viable option. At the same time, he said Democrats have to work to constrain costs of entitlement programs because they are over-committed and under-financed.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

In California, he said he faced the tough decision of making painful cuts when signing the latest budget and said the state can’t afford to borrow any more.

“As a state, we are as wealthy as almost all the countries in the world. Our gross domestic product in California is $2 trillion,” Brown said. “To find another $10 billion in additional taxes does not seem excessive to me. At some point, I would hope that people would be willing to pay more money.”

Brown said that come November, voters may indeed have to decide on whether they want to pay more in taxes to keep up a public safety net and keep universities and public works from further eroding.

When asked about what legislation he would like to see passed in the next few years, Brown said renewable energy remains a top priority.

“I would like California to balance its books. I would also like to regain our national and international leadership in renewable energy,” he said. “I started that back in the 70’s and I think we have a real chance (to lead the way) in electrification through renewable energy and an automobile industry that doesn’t rely on foreign oil.”

In terms of the nation, Governor Brown said the United States is in a time of peril, especially with the two political parties so deeply divided ideologically.

“The Washington of today is experiencing a governability crisis. America can’t govern when you have two parties so diametrically opposed. We are one of if not the most powerful country in the world,” Brown said. “If the country cannot make decisions on how it spends money or how it deals with its basic problems, but instead squabbles with scapegoating and finger-pointing, I think that is an ominous sign going forward.”

Brown also urged President Barack Obama to “be authentic and powerful and lay out a clear alternative for the American people.”

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  • Beeker D.

    MOONBEAM is such an ASS! If you have any doubts you should have been around in the 70’s.
    Tax and Spend, Tax and Spend and pander to his Union Base has been his
    ONLY solution to any problem.
    He’s fooling the foolish(his followers) NOW same as was done the last time he was in charge of this state.

    • mechanic

      Beeker is right on with this comment. I’m 64 years old, and remember all-too-well what a lousy governor this guy was. As I’ve said many times before on this, and other comment columns, “Brown is now, and has always been a bum! I know guys that went to college at SCU with him; and they all say he was a jerk and a bum way back then ….. but he lived on the notoriety of being “the governor’s son” back then. His dad was a big crook too.

  • moravecglobal

    University of California Berkeley Chancellor and Faculty must face fiscal reality, Californians face mortgage defaults, 12% unemployment, pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. University of California shares sacrifices: no layoff or wage concessions for Chancellors, Faculty. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP apply for the positions. If wages are what commit to UC, leave for better paying position.
    UC wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid. There is no good reason to raise tuition, fees during the longest, deepest recession in California’s history when wage concessions are available from Chancellors, Faculty.
    The sky will not fall on UC.
    Share the sacrifices UC President, Faculty, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, UCOP:
    No furloughs
    18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
    18 percent prune of campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
    10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
    100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

    (17,000 UC paid employees earn more than $100,000)

    UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing can bridge the public trust gap with reassurances that salaries of Chancellors Faculty reflect depressed California wages.

    The sky will not fall on the 10 campuses with UC’s shared sacrifices.

  • moravecglobal

    Just another example of finger pointing by Governor Brown. JOBS JOBS JOBS

  • PLW

    Good Ol’ Governor Brown….. Supports illegal immigrants and supports all the unions that backed him, then crys foul when Republicans attempt to stop the spending! California is becoming a welfare state where unemployment rules. Some of these people are going to have to go to work, or California will go under. The Liberals and Tree Huggers will love it and will be able to brag there is clean air and water because there will be no businesses, no factories, no people because there will be no jobs. California used to be a great state!

  • David Maxwell

    No Jerry, enough. You and your friends are raptors. We can’t afford your excess. Leave us alone, and as for your nonchalant statement.

    “To find another $10 billion in additional taxes does not seem excessive to me. At some point, I would hope that people would be willing to pay more money.”

    Do you know why it doesn’t seem excessive Jerry? Because its not your money, it’s ours.

    Find another $10 billion Jerry, oh no you don’t Jerry, you want to TAKE another $10 billion, and guess what amigo, we didn’t find it either, we had to earn it.

    Now go back to drawing board, fall back on that Jesuit sensibility and break out a really sharp pencil. Here’s a hint to get you going; it’s called subtraction.

  • blank

    “The Washington of today is experiencing a governability crisis. America can’t govern when you have two parties so diametrically opposed.”

    He’s right! Vote Rupublican and end the crisis!

  • moravecglobal

    Fix California’s problemsGov Brown then poit finger at washington. Like any addiction, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward correcting it. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom.

    Recruits (using California tax $) out of state, foreign $50,600 tuition students who displace qualified sons, daughters of Californians from Cal.
    Spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & vice chancellors work
    (Prominent East Coast University accomplishing same 0 cost).
    University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over his 8 year reign.
    Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures.
    In procuring $3,000,000 consultant failed to receive proposals from other firms.
    Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010(M Krupnick Contra Costa Times)
    Best in nation rank: # 70 Forbes
    Academic rank: QS academic falls below top ten.
    Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top 10.
    Cal most expensive USA public university
    NCAA absence senior management oversight, basketball program on probation.

    These are not isolated examples: it’s all shameful. There is no justification for such irregularities by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.

    Birgeneau’s practices will not change. University of California Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing financial oversight by President Yudof over Birgeneau who treat’s the university as his fiefdom.

    I have 35 years’ consulting experience; have taught at UC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management works. No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from UC/Cal.

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