In his second day in office, Governor Jerry Brown briefed local government officials on his plan to shift state services to counties and cities. Though the governor says “there will be controversies,” he believes the move will ultimately save the state money.

From the San Franciso Chronicle:

As California faces a budget deficit that could top $28 billion over the next 18 months, Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders are poised to shift the responsibility for providing some services from the state to counties and cities.

In one of his first meetings as governor, Brown spoke with county leaders Tuesday about significantly restructuring government. He also attempted to allay the fears of some local officials that the state could pass off duties without providing sufficient means to pay for them.

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