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Brown Hasn't Given Lawmakers Many "Veto Blues" Yet



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 3, 2011

Days after lawmakers wrapped up their work for the year, Governor Brown gave them this warning:

Brown: "I'm gonna veto a lot of bills over the next 30 days.  So I have to say to some, fasten your seat belt - this is gonna be a rough ride."

But so far, lawmakers haven't felt too many bumps in the road.  Joe Mathews is the New America Foundation's Irvine Senior Fellow.  He says when it comes to bills, governors have to pick their fights.

Mathews: "Do you want to veto because you think it's meaningless and risk making life harder for yourself when you need a vote from that legislator who sponsored the bill later, or do you want to just go along and say hey, this isn't going to do any harm and it may make life a little bit easier for me when I need a vote from the legislator."

Of course, that could change over the next few days.  Evan Westrup in the governor's press office warns against jumping to any conclusions, emailing: "I wouldn't count your chickens before they've hatched."

The governor currently has 375 bills remaining on his desk.

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