Jerry Brown

By Carla Marinucci
Monday, October 27, 2014

Emphasizing what he called the Democratic Party’s commitment to frugal governing, Gov. Jerry Brown downplayed the chances Monday of returning to the voters to renew sales and income tax increases when they expire starting at the end of 2016.

Speaking with reporters in Pleasanton after a rare campaign appearance, Brown was asked about the possibility of extending Proposition 30, which has bailed out the state budget by raising $6 billion a year. The measure, passed by voters overwhelmingly in 2012, raised sales taxes by 0.25 percent through the end of 2016 and increased income taxes on the wealthiest Californians through 2018.

“I said when I campaigned for Prop. 30 that it was a temporary tax,” Brown said. “That’s my belief, and I’m doing what we can to live within our means.”

Brown made the remarks after a stop at the Alameda County Democratic Party’s campaign headquarters, where he told an audience of elected officials and volunteers that Democrats in California have fashioned a “winning combination” in power that includes a quality most often associated with Republicans — fiscal prudence.

“Out here in California, we’ve got momentum because we have two things: We have the compassion and caring of the Democratic Party, and we’ve got the prudence and the discipline to live within our means,” Brown said.

“We want all the people to know, when you’re voting for a Democrat, (that’s) someone who cares about your future — but also cares about your money,” he said.

Alluding to the party’s grip on both houses of the Legislature and every statewide office, Brown added with a grin, “Don’t worry about having too many Democrats in Sacramento. If they get out of hand, I’ll keep them in check.”

Although Brown has all but ignored his Republican opponent in the gubernatorial election, Neel Kashkari, he said Monday that the GOP wouldn’t be frozen out of the solidly blue Sacramento.

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