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Jerry Has a Jobs Plan



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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 14: California Attorney General Jerry Brown arrives at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals May 14, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Attorney General Brown and the state of California along with several other states are in a lawsuit against the Bush administration challenging an April 6, 2006 decision by the National Highway Safety Administration to approve a one mile per gallon increase in fuel efficiency from 22.2 m.p.g. to 23.5 by the year 2010. Brown says the government was negligent in this decision by not considering the impact of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming and that the gas mileage standards should be tougher. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Now Jerry, was that so hard?

    After months of media pounding, Jerry Brown released a jobs plan on his website, to go with plans on the green economy and education. Meg Whitman's campaign, which had been declaring Brown didn't have a plan, is today blasting the plan for being released on a weekend and for not being particularly detailed.

    After reading Brown's plan and re-reading Whitman's, here's a short verdict:

    1. Length: A wash. Brown's jobs plan on the website is longer than Whitman's jobs plan on the website, though that doesn't tell us very much. The print version of Whitman's plan is a few hundred words longer than Brown's plan.

    2. Detail: Another wash. Brown's plan is very detailed on energy efficiency and the jobs that come from that, and lacks details on most other subjects. He says he'll look at incentives to help manufacturers and invest in infrastructure. Whitman has more specific, targeted tax cuts -- eliminate capital gains taxes and taxes on manufacturing equipment -- and mentions items like tort reform and business licensing. But neither plan is particularly detailed

    3. Avoiding the Bill: Neither plan offers any real account of how  the various incentives and tax credits it proposes would be paid for.

    In short, these are political documents, plans that exist so that candidates can say they have plans. And they have a lot of common in their particulars, including the need to promote green energy, help manufacturing with tax incentives, and cut regulations.

    So Brown has matched Whitman in producing a plan that doesn't appear to be worth very much.