California Government Structure Essay

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Structure of California’s Government
Headed by the governor of the state, the state govt. of CA replicates the Federal govt. It has three branches that perform their assigned tasks and keep within the limits set by the constitution. These branches are:
While this division has been created to give structure to the government and ensure its smooth and effective functioning, there is, more importantly, the need to keep the power of the branches in check and to make them accountable to each other. There is a system of ‘checks and balances’ that comes into play with this segregation of duties and separation of power. This system’s inception has been attributed to Montesquieu. (

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In the face of the economic crisis, drought situations, and emergencies, the governor of CA has issued several orders.
December 20, 2008
Controller John Chiang today issued the following statement in response to Governor Schwarzenegger’s executive order to implement furloughs and layoffs:
“This is one of many painful results stemming from the inability of the Governor and Legislature to agree on responsible solutions….” (Giving a clear view of difference of opinion between the executive and the legislature.)
The order was implemented and the offices are closed on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. March 12, 2009
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