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Gov. Brown And de León Talk Fiscal Responsibility And Austerity

  

In different cities at separate events today, California Governor Jerry Brown and Senate President Kevin de León talked about the state's fiscal future in very different terms.

Before the Sacramento Press Club, de Leon said the state must spend more for people who need more.

"Austerity alone won't build our economy. With limited resources, how can we strategically target investments to make the quality of life better in disproportionately impacted communities throughout California?," said de León.

In San Francisco, Governor Brown pointed to the state's debt obligations, its infrastucture needs and the inevitability of another recession as reasons for limited spending.

"We got a lot of issues. And therefore we have to be prudent," said Brown. "And therefore we shouldn't be embarking upon the new until we kind of fix the roof and take care of the basics."

Yesterday the bond rating service Standard and Poor's credited California's spending cuts, more than tax increases, for the state's financial turnaround.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio