Both candidates have taken turns heaping blame on the perennially maligned state legislature, and for his part, Brown is selling his experience as the key to uniting the partisan body around a common cause.
Brown has consistently advocated engaging the legislature earlier in the budget process, saying he would meet with them in small and large groups in order to forge compromises. His talking points often fall back on his lifelong experience in politics, which he says give him the insight to get the legislature in line.
He has criticized opponent Meg Whitman’s harsh language, arguing that diplomacy is a more effective approach to working with legislative leaders.
After initially saying he could work within the two-thirds supermajority required to pass the budget, he more recently said he supports a ballot measure that would require a simple majority vote to pass the budget.
He has said that budget cutting must start with the legislature and governor’s office and proposed encouraging legislators to forgo perks such as state vehicles and private air travel.
Brown has also consistently expressed a desire to shift authority away from state-level government and toward local officeholders. This, of course, includes the legislature, which he has ridiculed for passing frivolous bills.
May 18, 2010
A lot of them are talking about regulation, and I know. I was the mayor of Oakland. There are plenty of stupid regulations. I got that. But you know what? There are some smart regulations. Like the one that stopped off-shore drilling in California. That's a good regulation. And how about making the regulation work? If they were doing that in the Gulf, we wouldn't have the spill out there, but they're let business, they know best. We only need police out on the street. Well we need police in the corporate suites just as much because boy they can rip you off. You know, walk down the wrong street and someone can hit you over the head, take your money, take your life. Well on Wall Street, they really ripped us off. It's the greatest bank robbery in the history of the United States and the world. $11 trillion. There's 11 trillion fewer dollars, that's about an 18 percent reduction in our wealth. That's a big pay cut for America and that was created by some of the same characters that are promoting these Republicans. There's two people I'll mention: Whitman and Poizner.
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