Hmm... after increasing debt under four years of Democratic Governor Gray Davis and eight years of Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Governor Jerry Brown, who is a heck of a Democrat, announced yesterday that California's budget deficit has disappeared, thanks to a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. Governor Brown's 2014 budget calls for increases in spending on education, buys into the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, and still runs an $851-million surplus (that's 0.9% of California's $96.7-billion general fund).
Democrats control two-thirds of both houses in the California Assembly. But even the Republicans in Sacramento are responding favorably to Governor Brown's successful budgeting. Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway calls Governor Brown "the adult in the room."
Governor Jerry Brown faced a bigger fiscal mess than Governor Dennis Daugaard did in 2011. He has fixed it. Don't tell me Democrats can't govern.