Public Law Journal: 2015, Vol. 38, No. 3
- Can the State Use Its Spending Powers to Circumvent Charter Cities' Home Rule Authority?
- Litigation & Case Law Update
- Message from the Chair
- Profiles in Public Law: An Interview with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
- Public Law Journal
- Public Law Section
- Your Top Ten List of California Administrative Law Reforms
- Legislative Update
By Kenneth J. Price*
Harry S. Truman’s Secretary of State, Dean Acheson once said, "[n]egotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree." Since my last report, Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislative Democrats reached agreement on California’s Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget. Apparently consistent with Mr. Acheson’s assumption, one could conclude that Governor Brown and the Democrats were anxious to strike a deal. As Governor Brown said at a news conference, "[v]ery happy to report that after some strenuous negotiations, that we reached a sound agreement on the budget."
The budget deal called for a $115 billion general spending planâ$2 billion more than the plan that the Governor had advanced earlier this year.