The Jerry Brown reference is most likely Proposition 30 which passed in Nov of 2012 causing California State to have the most progressive income tax rates of all the US states. Not only are taxes high, but fuel, and utilities add the cost of doing business as well. As for the Obama Care reference, if you consider that one-third of all the people on welfare in the nation reside in California, and the effect of the expansion of the Medi-Cal under the new ACA guidelines, the cost has to be made up somewhere. I believe that California has lost the most private insurance policies under the ACA because the burden is too great on employers to cover the increased premiums, and many small business owners will prefer to pay the penalty rather than cover their employees. It's not surprising that your rate of pay has decreased, and if you pay for insurance, don't be surprised if you lose it, or pay a higher premium. California will not be unique in this aspect, eventually it will affect us all, our pay rates will decrease or stay the same, and the work load will increase when you add all these new people to the system. There are some good aspects of the ACA, but it was rushed through, not well planned out, and the billions wasted on the junk website is disgraceful.