Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown's budget leak excites some, disappoints others

ccadelago@sacbee.comJanuary 9, 2014 


    Here are highlights of the state budget Gov. Jerry Brown will propose today:

    • $154.9 billion in spending from all funds

    • 5 percent welfare grant increase

    • $11 billion spent on debt reduction

    • New “rainy-day fund” plan for November ballot

    • 4.2 percent funding increase for UC, CSU; no tuition increases

The news media rejoiced when digital copies of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed spending plan leaked Wednesday afternoon, pushing up the governor's presentation by 24 hours.

The Sacramento Bee obtained a copy and offered this early post.

Not everyone was convenienced by the circumstances. Brown's press shop scrambled to reschedule events in Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles. And Michael Cohen, Brown's new finance director, was hit with some unexpected news.

Cohen's parents had booked a flight for Thursday, and couldn't move it back a day to see their son preside over his first state budget as the governor's chief fiscal policy adviser.

Cohen was appointed to the job in September, taking over for Ana Matosantos.

Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, had this to say about the leak: "I think it speaks for itself but regardless we're ready to roll."

As for where the leak came from?

"That's a good question," he said. "If you find out let us know."

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