It’s unfair to give all credit for the Golden State revival to Jerry Brown. But the man, who will be 76 next month and was both the youngest and oldest governor of California, and who just announced a plan to run for a fourth term with an approval rating approaching 60 percent, deserves the lion’s share.
This article overlooks some important things. By one measure, California has the highest poverty rate in the United States. By another, it has one of the highest levels of inequality. The roads are bad and the schools are mediocre. As the governor has acknowledged, unfunded liabilities are a big threat, and some cities have already gone bankrupt.
True, the state did not have a budget crisis last year. But if Brown deserves the "lion's share" of credit, why are so many other states -- pursuing very different policies -- doing just as well?