In his first official response this week, Gov. Jerry Brown said the budget proposed by legislative Democrats includes tough cuts but is "not structurally balanced and puts us into a hole in succeeding years."
Brown focused specifically on Democrats' rejection of his overhaul of welfare-to-work, which would save $880 million in the first year by creating significantly new programs with harsher consequences for welfare families. The governor took exception to the idea that Democrats instead want to save a smaller amount for one year by allowing parents of young children to receive welfare grants without trying to find a job.
"Last year, legislators enacted major reforms that cut spending on prisons and eliminated redevelopment," Brown said in an e-mail statement. "This year, we need additional structural reforms to cut spending on an ongoing basis, including welfare reform that's built on President Clinton's framework and focused on getting people back to work."
"I don't know that President Clinton was dealing with an economy like ours today," Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said earlier in his budget committee when a Brown aide made the same argument.