As Gov. Jerry Brown introduced his latest spending plan Thursday, he took a break from his typical warnings against exuberant legislative spending to put a damper on exuberance at the ballot box.
"These are all good things. The government does not consciously do bad things. But too many goods too quickly becomes bad," Brown said, adding that in times of economic recession, "you'll find jobs have got to be cut, particularly in lower-income areas ... like the Central Valley."
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) said efforts to increase the minimum wage have taken on momentum, be it in statewide ballot initiatives or local wage hikes in places like Los Angeles. She said the budget should prepare for a $15 statewide minimum wage. (The current minimum wage is $10 as of last week.)
The governor criticized the proposed initiative, which would exempt those tax revenues from being included in the state's rainy-day fund.
"The Legislature could do a better job than the developers who put that one together," Brown said.
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