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Who Can Budget Like Brown? Preserving California’s Renewed Fiscal Stability is Essential, and John Chiang Can Do the Math

 The most immediately tangible legacy of Gov. Jerry Brown’s last two terms isn’t cap-and-trade or water infrastructure, it’s the budget surplus. Nearly eight years ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger left Brown a $26-billion budget deficit aggravated by borrowing too much before the sucker punch of the Great Recession. This year Brown leaves the state with a $6-billion surplus. It’s like we’ve paid off our credit cards and opened up a savings account.Conscientious voters must make several values-based calculations in determining whom to support as Brown’s successor, and fiscal responsibility should be high among them. Budgets are moral documents — not...

Los Angeles Daily News: John Chiang for Governor

 DTLA--When history looks back at Gov. Jerry Brown’s third and fourth terms, he may be best remembered for repairing California’s battered economy. Through a series of tough if not always popular moves — think shuttering Community Redevelopment Agencies across the state — he eradicated a $27 billion deficit left by his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.Governors have many tasks, but maintaining a healthy economy is the most important, as fiscal status impacts so much else, including funding for schools. That is why, on election day, Californians should look for someone who can continue Brown’s economic legacy, while also taking a...

In His Bid to Be California’s Next Governor, John Chiang Touts his Battles with a Previous One

As political matchups go, it was an incongruous one: the bodybuilder-turned-Terminator-turned-governor against the bespectacled numbers geek. One of the most famous men in the world versus — um, what's that guy's name again?The 2008 showdown pitted then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger against John Chiang, California's Democratic state controller at the time. The governor, facing a budget logjam, ordered a hefty cut in state worker pay to the federal minimum wage — then $6.55 an hour — but Chiang refused to comply.That touched off a signature moment in Chiang's two decades of elected office in California. His defiance set off a...

California State Treasurer John Chiang talks about his campaign for governor

FRESNO, Calif. - A race to fill the long-standing shoes of Gov. Jerry Brown. Many candidates, including State Treasurer John Chiang. The man, in charge of the money."I'm doing for the state, what every family does with their own lives."Pushing for a universal healthcare system, by pushing back against companies over-charging for medications and auditing companies profiting off the state."We don't want our families to go bankrupt when there's a diagnosis that's devastating to a particular family," Chiang said.Chiang also moving money around, when it comes to education."A dollar saved is a dollar...