Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 4, 2011

In a major blow to organized labor, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation today that would have let unions organize child-care providers who work out of the home.

“Today California, like the nation itself, is facing huge budget challenges,” Brown wrote in a veto message. “Given that reality, I am reluctant to embark on a program of this magnitude and potential cost.”

The veto was one of six announced today.

Brown also vetoed legislation that would have eliminated California’s $4,650 vehicle asset limit for welfare eligibility.

“This bill would allow a person applying for welfare to have one car, or possibly more, of any value, rather than a maximum value of $4,650 under current law,” Brown wrote. “In the last year, the state has been forced to make steep reductions in many programs, including the state’s welfare-to-work program. As we go into the new year, we may have to make additional cuts. Until we better understand the fiscal outlook, we should not be making changes of this kind.”

Brown vetoed legislation by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, that would have allowed San Francisco to place on the ballot a measure to increase vehicle fees on local residents.

“Before we embark on a piecemeal approach for one city, we should try to fashion a broader revenue solution to our state’s fiscal crisis,” Brown wrote.

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