The Browning of California

Brookhiser, Richard
October 1982
National Review;10/1/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 19, p1204
This article focuses on the political career of politicians Jerry Brown and Edmund G. Brown and their contribution to California. The Browning of California has been going on for eight years. Senator Edmund Brown's state was the home of the tax revolt, and he claimed to get into the spirit of it. He came out for the balanced-budget amendment in California and abolished capital-gains taxes for businesses with fewer than five hundred employees. Yet he was unwilling to cut the state government overall. The result, this year, was a budget crunch. Brown supporters blame state aid to localities hit by Proposition 13 for the fiscal drain. Yet over the last five years, the state budget rose by $11.7 billion, nearly double, only $4.9 billion of which can be attributed to the post-Proposition 13 bailouts, California continues to make welfare.


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