Via the Associated Press:
“As he inherits California’s chronic budget problems, Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants to try a new approach to dealing with the state’s massive deficits: a broad restructuring of the relationship between the state and local governments.
His proposal would shift many services now offered by the state to cities and counties. California’s government has become too centralized and its tax revenue hasn’t kept pace with residents’ expectations, he said Tuesday.
On his first full day on the job, Brown met with county leaders to discuss shifting responsibility for a host of state-run programs. If eventually implemented, such a change would return some of California’s government structure to the way it was before voters passed Proposition 13, the landmark property tax revolt, in 1978.”