With charges flying in Thursday night’s debate, The Sacramento Bee did the fact-checking and analyzed the claims:
Brown and the teachers’ union
In a legal filing in the case, Vergara v. California, lawyers for the state complained the court declined to detail the legal basis for its ruling and that “changes of this magnitude, as a matter of law and policy, require appellate review.”
It is true that the CTA gained broader influence in state politics after Brown, when he was governor before, signed the Rodda Act in 1975, requiring school districts to engage in collective bargaining. The CTA spent millions of dollars helping Brown win election in 2010 and remains a major supporter.
Yet despite their generally favorable relationship, Brown has irritated the union in the past with his advocacy for charter schools. He started two charter schools while mayor of Oakland and lobbied against legislation to unionize charter school teachers.
It is unclear whether he is wealthier than Brown. Despite the governor’s reputation for frugality, he and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, own more than $1 million in stock in Jack in the Box, the fast-food company, and Brown reported another interest worth more than $1 million in Madison Park Holdings Inc., a developer and real estate manager. Brown has not said how large those investments are, and he has smaller interests including stock in Health Fusion Inc., a medical office software company, and Gap Inc., where Gust Brown was once an executive.
Kashkari has volunteered to release tax returns for as many years as Brown will, a challenge Brown has avoided.
Brown and gas prices
The carbon market is the centerpiece of Assembly Bill 32, which requires reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Brown supports the 2006 law, which was enacted long before he was governor – and utilities and big industrial polluters have been required to reduce emissions or buy allowances since 2012.
The Brown administration expects to generate about $550 million in proceeds from carbon auctions this budget year. Funds are earmarked for high-speed rail and other projects.
Kashkari’s tax plans