By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, May. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 19, 2013 – 8:10 am
Jerry Brown – who made “lower your expectations” a catchphrase of his first governorship – is back in that mode during his second stint, especially on spending.
When Brown unveiled a revised 2013-14 budget last week, it was evident that he and his budget “gnomes,” as he called them, had adopted a relatively pessimistic view of revenues, despite a recent surge in income taxes.
It was, Brown said, largely a one-time bump, rather than a harbinger of a dependably higher revenue flow, and because of that, he was unwilling to restore cuts in health and welfare programs for the poor, the aged and the infirm.
“The money’s not there,” he told reporters, uttering a flat “no” to a question about restoring those “safety net” services.
The response did not please Democratic legislative leaders and they hoped aloud that a revenue estimate from their Legislative Analyst’s Office would provide more room for spending on those services.
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