Take Two for December 6, 2012

Survey finds Californians generally more optimistic about the state's future

California Governor Jerry Brown Unveils State Pension Reform Program

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California Governor Jerry Brown announces his public employee pension reform plan October 27, 2011 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California. Gov. Brown proposed 12 major reforms for state and local pension systems that he claims would end abuses and reduce taypayer costs by billions of dollars.

A new post-election survey by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that California residents are more positive about the direction of the state than they've been in years. However, the results of the annual survey found some stark differences in whose feeling sunny about the future.

From the PPIC site:

Some findings of the current survey:

  • Californians show signs of optimism about the state’s future.
  • Strong majorities support spending reforms; smaller majorities support lowering the vote thresholds to pass state and local taxes.
  • Californians favor a "split roll” property tax but express record-high opposition to taxing services or increasing the vehicle license fee.

John Myers, Political Editor of the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, joins the show to talk about the results of the survey.

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Future


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