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GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari called for job creation after posing as a homeless man in Fresno. Gov. Jerry Brown says income inequality hinders the economy.

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The Buzz: Gov. Brown says income disparity hurts economy

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Brown says income disparity hurts economy

Last week it was Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, emerging from a week posing as a homeless man in Fresno to highlight shortcomings of the economy in California.

He was unable, he said, to find a job – evidence that the Democrats who run the state are aren’t creating enough work.

A counterpoint of sorts arrived Wednesday, in a speech in which Gov. Jerry Brown lamented “incredible” income inequality in California. He cited a report by the Wall Street credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s that found increasing income inequality has held back the country’s economic growth.

“If the consumers are up to their eyeballs in debt, aren’t making a decent salary, how the heck are they going to buy anything?” Brown told the California School Employees Association. “And if they don’t buy anything, the economy doesn’t go forward and doesn’t work.”

The report, Brown suggested, was an affirmation of liberal policies championed by Democrats.

“Now we have official approval of progressive, more egalitarian politics coming right out of Wall Street,” he said.

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