Governor Jerry Brown struggles to bridge California’s now perennial budget gap. In a rare, and candid, sit-down interview the governor outlines his pragmatic but uphill battle to strengthen the fragile Golden State

Not even California Governor Jerry Brown’s most virulent critics dare any longer to call him a dreamy Moonbeam. Now 74 years old and almost halfway through a historic third term, the most likely epithet to be hurled his way is that of an ultra-pragmatic Grinch.

After a 27-year hiatus from his first stint as governor and after serving as mayor of Oakland and state attorney general, Brown has returned to the statehouse with a laser-sharp focus: cut, cut, and cut some more.

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