<b>By Thomas D. Elias</b>
Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t yet said whether he’ll run for a fourth overall term. Aides like to chortle that, “Well, he has until the March 7 filing deadline to decide.”
But as he travels the state lately, giving short and punchy speeches, Brown has dropped strong hints he will indeed seek another four years in the Capitol and has given some clues as to how his next term might look.
To no one’s surprise, another four years of Brown would probably resemble the last four, but without draconian budget cuts for everything from universities to state parks and care for the indigent and frail elderly that he made while getting rid of the $26 billion budget deficit he inherited from Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But even with the budget situation much improved, don’t expect any push for big spending. In fact, expect pushback from Brown if liberal Democrats in the Legislature attempt to spend all or most of the surplus the bipartisan state legislative analyst predicts.