Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown hits the road for post-budget swing inland

dsiders@sacbee.comJanuary 12, 2014 

RB State Budget

Gov. Jerry Brown projects more state hiring but a lower ratio of workers to the state population. Brown released his 2014-15 budget this week.

RANDALL BENTON — rbenton@sacbee.com

Following the release of his new spending plan last week, Gov. Jerry Brown will hit the road Monday for a two-day swing through Fresno, Bakersfield and Riverside.

The trip, including private meetings with local officials and media availabilities in each city, comes ahead of Brown's State of the State address later this month. The third-term Democrat, who travels relatively infrequently, said in October he was hoping to get out more to "get a real-world feel of what's under my responsibility."

Brown, who is preparing for a likely re-election bid this year, will meet with education, water, agriculture, law enforcement and other leaders, his office said in its announcement of the trip Sunday.

"It's an opportunity to get out of Sacramento ... engage with local leaders on some of the big challenges California's facing," spokesman Evan Westrup said.

He said Brown does not plan on the trip to participate in any political events or fundraising.

Brown made his annual budget presentation in Sacramento on Thursday, before visiting Los Angeles and San Diego that same day to promote the proposal.

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