Gov. Jerry Brown suggested before a meeting with county officials this morning that his budget-reducing bid to shift responsibility for some state services to local governments could be far-reaching.
"To realign responsibilities, it involves welfare, it involves Medi-Cal, it involves parole, probation, many other things," Brown said. "So, it's the kind of complex reordering that I want to be very careful about."
Brown is meeting with county leaders at the headquarters of the California State Association of Counties. He said, "I'm coming here today to get the ideas of the supervisors."
Asked about concerns expressed by local officials that a shift in responsibilities might not be accompanied by an equal shift in funding, Brown said, "Everybody's concerned about everything, and I think when they see the budget they'll have even more concerns."
But he said, "I'll listen. That's why I'm coming here."
Brown is expected to address reporters after the meeting. He was driven to the meeting, just up the street from the Capitol, and was accompanied by Steve Glazer, a senior adviser.