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The legacy of 4-term California governor Jerry Brown

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California Gov. Jerry Brown shows charts to reporters during a news conference where he revealed his revised California State budget on May 11, 2017 in Sacramento, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

With Jerry Brown terming out in 2018, it’s time we look back to the fiscal conservatism of his first two terms (1975-1983), as well as what he’s been pushing through as he wraps up his time in public service.

In the last year alone, Brown has signed a gas tax hike to pay for infrastructure repairs, extended the state’s cap-and-trade program, pushed for the bullet train and positioned California as a challenger to various of the Trump administration’s policies.

Brown is not without his fair share of critics, who point to the cracking of the Oroville Dam, or that  California has the some of the highest housing prices in the country.  

As his fourth and final term comes to a close, fill-in host Nick Roman and long-time California politics watcher Dan Walters and John Myers discuss the legacy of Jerry Brown.

What do you see as Brown’s California legacy?

Guests:

John Myers, Sacramento bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times; he tweets at @johnmyers

Dan Walters, long-time CA politics observer with CALmatters, a nonprofit public interest publication; he tweets at @DanCALmatters

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