Governor’s Busy Week with a Balanced State Budget and Reorganized Adminstration

First, Governor Brown made some recent Cabinet appointments including Marybel Batjer to Secretary of the Government Operations Agency; Brian Kelly to Secretary of the Transportation Agency; and, Anna Caballero to Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. The appointments accompany an overhaul of state government that cuts the number of state agencies and consolidates dozens of departments and entities.

Then he signed a “balanced” budget on June 30 for fiscal year 2013/14 with Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez, without Republican support as the Democrats held a 2/3 majority.  Additional details on the 2013-14 budget, including line-item vetoes, can be found at

Then he began July 1 implementation of his administration reorganization, creating a new Transportation Agency overseeing Caltrans, California Transportation Commission, California High Speed Rail Authority, DMV and CHP; as well as a Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

“The Governor’s appointments, in conjunction with the re-organization, demonstrate a commitment to improving coordination and efficiency in government,” said Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC. “California’s economic recovery remains fragile, and its success depends upon the ability of our government leaders to cut through the red tape that prevents jobs creation and business growth. The business community will be well-served by Batjer, Kelly and Caballero, who bring to the administration experience in economic development, transportation, housing, and education–critical components to California’s economic success.”

Ms. Batjer previously served as vice president of public policy and corporate social responsibility at Caesars Entertainment Corporation since 2005. From 2003 to 2005 she served as cabinet secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, working on infrastructure, transportation, employment and housing.

Mr. Kelly has served the state of California for more than 18 years. The Business, Transportation and Housing Agency oversees an operating budget of $18 billion; under Mr. Kelly’s leadership the agency directs many complex economic development programs throughout California’s diverse economy. Mr. Kelly brings essential knowledge on how to streamline commissions and cut bureaucratic red tape to keep California’s economy growing.

Ms. Caballero has served the state of California for more than 30 years; she brings to the administration a broad understanding of California’s central valley agricultural and water issues stemming from her professional career as an attorney representing farm workers. For more information contact  Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

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