"Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown blames much of the state's budgeting chaos on weak leadership, inexperience, a lack of collegiality and too much reliance on legislative aides -- all of which might be blamed on the state's 1990 term limits law.
Brown made other points, including a suggestion that legislative aides have grown too powerful. He said legislative leaders now rely on staff to lead them through the budget, whereas legislators used to know enough to handle it on their own.
"We were not dictated to by staff," Brown said.
He also said aides were not allowed into talks between the legislative leaders and the governor except for rare occasions when they were invited to explain a technical dispute. Of current budget aides, he said, "They might as well be the Big Five.""
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