SACRAMENTO — In a hard-wrought victory for Gov. Jerry Brown and top Democratic lawmakers, the California Legislature late Monday pulled off a political triumph: passing with a supermajority vote a proposal to extend California’s signature program for regulating global-warming greenhouse gases through the end of 2030.
The deal — hashed out behind closed doors and blasted with opposition when it was unveiled this month — was thought to be in trouble as late as last week, when the vote was delayed until Monday. But it ultimately succeeded, a feat made possible largely by the pragmatic Brown and his liberal allies, who accompanied direct appeals with tax breaks and other deal-sweeteners to industry. Those moves brought major business interests — and some business-friendly moderates — on board.
“Tonight, California stood tall and, once again, boldly confronted the existential threat of our time,” a jubilant Brown said in a statement issued after the vote. Then, with a seeming nod toward Washington politicians who can’t find a compromise to deliver a simple majority vote on health care, he continued: “Republicans and Democrats set aside their differences, came together and took courageous action. That’s what good government looks like.”
Assembly Bill 398 won the support of 28 of 40 senators — including one Senate Republican, Sen. Tom Berryhill, Oakdale — and 55 of 80 lawmakers in the Assembly. The Assembly majority included seven Republicans, among them the East Bay’s Catharine Baker.
“What we got out of this package today, we lowered taxes, we reduced costs, we reduced regulations and at the same time we’re going to protect our environment. That’s a good deal,” said Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, one of the supportive Republicans, appearing with Brown and other proponents in a celebratory news conference after the vote.
Brown, who has been making a name for himself as an international climate…