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Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Says He’s Reducing Dysfunction Of State Government

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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at Los Angeles City Hall on January 18, 2012. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Governor Jerry Brown is making the rounds, including at an event Tuesday morning in Redwood Shores, where he’ll sign legislation his administration said will improve economic development in the state.

In an exclusive interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Brown said that “California isn’t broken” and that “we’ve made a helluva lot of progress.”

KCBS, CBS 5 and SF Chronicle Insider Phil Matier:

Governor Brown points to pension reform and other legislative measures as a sign that California is making its way out of “decades of dysfunction.”

The declaration comes a day after the Chamber of Commerce gave California a poor grade for some of the legal rules that it said hampers business climate in the state.

Brown is parsing through hundreds of bills on his desk but is balancing that with campaigning for his tax measure on the November ballot.

Proposition 30, which would raise taxes in the state, seems to have approval from voters at this time. But they are still trying to decide if Brown’s time in office has left the state better off than the previous administrations.

You can hear Phil Matier’s comments Monday through Friday at 7:50am and 5:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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