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Gov Brown Calls Hidden Funds at CALFIRE 'Boring Story'

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The discovery of $3.6 million of unreported money at CAL FIRE didn't get much of a response from the Democratic governor.

He admitted he hadn't read the newspaper accounts of the case that's similar to last year's state parks scandal.

And he called it boring, but he says he won't take it lightly.

GOVERNOR:  "I always like stories that say we got more money than we thought we had. We'll certainly look into it. We're not going to not take it seriously. If there is a few million bucks lying around or somebody didn't put it in the right account, we'll figure it out."

Republican Senate leader Bob Huff criticized the Governor's remarks.
He said "boring" is the last word he would use to describe what he called a "disturbing revelation of hidden funds."
Brown is also downplaying Texas Governor Rick Perry's effort to lure businesses to the Lone Star state.

Perry launched a $26,000 dollar statewide radio ad campaign this week that says Texas has a more favorable business climate.

Brown called the effort by Perry 'a big nothing' and scolded the media for giving too much attention to the story.

GOVERNOR:"If they want to get in the game, let them spend $25 million on radio and television, then I'll take them seriously, but really it's just silly."

The comments are the latest in a long-standing debate between the governors about which state is better for businesses.

Brown made the remarks while visiting a U-P-S distribution center to celebrate the rollout of a fleet of all-electric vehicles

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