Republicans hailed California Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address for its conservative slant, but warned they are leery of how his ideas will play out.
"Overall, he struck good themes — in fact, he struck Republican themes," Senate GOP leader Bob Huff, whose party controls less than a third of Assembly and Senate, told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
"He talks fiscal conservatism — but the reality is the budget increases 25 percent in the next three years."
In his address in Sacramento, Brown hailed the Golden State for doing “the impossible" in springing back from a near financial collapse to become solvent and begin new growth.
It was Brown who led the charge for the passage of Proposition 30, which hiked sales and incomes taxes and helped keep state coffers filled.
“Fiscal discipline is not the enemy of our good intentions but the basis for realizing them," the governor said.
But Brown hinted that there are some unknowns.
While California is preparing to implement Obamacare, he warned, “the ultimate costs of expanding our healthcare system under the Affordable Care Act are unknown.’’
Brown said the state had developed “a solid and enduring budget’’ in just two years. "And, by God, we will persevere and keep it that way for years to come.’’
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