The so-called war on drugs is responsible for most of the massive uptick in the prison population. Instead of punishing drug addicts, treatment lessens addiction, disease, and the crimes caused by drug use.
Can Brown get his better budget, the sensible compromise mostly blocked by Republican intransigence? That question probably becomes moot on June 30th. Why? That's the point at which his proposed tax extensions become tax increases.
Governor Jerry Brown's veto of the budget passed by the Democratic majority in the legislature, (as draconian in terms of gutting public resources as any in the nation), has tipped his hand: Jerry's triangulating.
Governor Jerry Brown is back. And not a moment too soon, as California needs to solve its chronic budget crisis and deal with its chronic prison crisis. But will Brown try, once again, to do it all behind the scenes?
Republicans figure that if they can't sell the pig, they'll just put lipstick on it and find some suckers who will think it's something else. That's the proposal emerging in the Senate from Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee and also Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri.