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Skelton: Jerry Brown gets high marks in 2012

December 20, 2012 |  7:00 am

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Skelton hedWhen Gov. Jerry Brown returned to Sacramento for his second tour of duty, he promised "the knowledge and the know-how to get California working again."

This year, he proved it, writes George Skelton in his Thursday column.

"Largely because of Brown, Sacramento is approaching solvency after several years of deficit chaos and sharp spending cuts," he says.

In the end, Skelton says, Brown gets an A on his report card for 2012.

"Brown's biggest test was winning voter approval of a tax increase, the first accepted by the California electorate since 2004," Skelton writes.

With the passage of Proposition 30, the governor avoided steep cuts to schools.

Skelton adds, "If Brown had flunked that exam, we'd be handing out a D, maybe an F." 

All of Skelton's columns are here.


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Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown in May. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press