And Brown placed eight of his cards on the table first.
1. Brown has already pledged to cut his own office budget by 25%.
2. Brown pledged not to raise taxes without voters' signoff.
3. Brown to take aim at several tax breaks and subsidies that have been fiercely guarded by the business lobby.
4. Brown will propose paring back the state's welfare program, reducing what doctors and healthcare providers are paid to care for the poor.
5. Brown is trimming funding for the University of California and California State University systems.
6. Brown warned school officials: "Fasten your seatbelt; it's going to be a rough ride.
7. Brown targeted a recent change to state business tax formulas that has saved corporate California roughly $1 billion.
8. Brown wants to "Extend temporary taxes [to] erase up to $9.4 billion of that deficit."
Meanwhile, Cuomo moves to more Albany Follies sideshow theatrics with, "New venue for Cuomo's State of State speech.", where 2,500 seats are available to hear his oration. Peter Abbate, a veteran Democratic assemblyman from Brooklyn said, "He can invite more of his friends and get a bigger applause. He'll stack the room." "The new location gives Mr. Cuomo much greater control over the logistics and visuals—such as invitation lists, rehearsal access and camera locations—than he would have in the Assembly chamber." Hopefully, he'll do better than his previous recorded message shown at a NY Albany Swampfest.
The Albany children will recite a revised ditty to fit the revised Albany farce.
He marched them up to
And he marched them down again.
And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down.
Cuomo's only bluffed against Brown's cards #2 and #8 by promising not to raise taxes. Cuomo has six other Brown cards to counter. Raise your ante against Brown's, or fold up your Albany Sideshow and go bankrupt.