As young governor, Brown went his own way

In his two terms, Brown forged a deal with farmworkers, and backed carpool lanes and alternative energy. But he squeezed schools, neglected universities and stood by as property taxes soared, igniting the Prop. 13 revolt. GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman paints rival Jerry Brown as a machine Democrat who as governor decades ago spent big and coddled liberal interests while pursuing an expansive role for government. Brown says he was a deficit hawk who deftly managed the state’s finances and a world-class educational system.

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As young governor, Brown went his own way