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Mon May 14, 2012, 07:27 PM

Jerry Brown's plea to voters: 'Please increase taxes temporarily' (LA Times)

Jerry Brown's plea to voters: 'Please increase taxes temporarily'

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal for closing California's $16-billion funding gap includes 4-day state workweeks and Medi-Cal cuts. He warns that cuts will be even more severe if voters reject tax hikes on the November ballot.

By Chris Megerian and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
May 14, 2012

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday released his plan to contain California's rapidly growing deficit by closing state offices one day a week, deepening healthcare cuts and implementing a variety of short-term fixes -- all in the hope that voters give the state more breathing room by approving higher taxes in November.

Brown warned that the deficit could grow significantly if his proposed ballot measure to raise the state sales tax and income levies on high earners fails. He says that would trigger severe cuts in public education that would be the equivalent of lopping three weeks off the school year.

"I'm linking these serious budget reductions with a plea to the voters: Please increase taxes temporarily," Brown said at a morning news conference to announce his revised plan for the budget year that begins July 1.

California's deficit has swelled to nearly $16 billion, the governor said almost double what he assumed in his initial budget proposal in January. The shortfall is a result of lower-than-projected tax receipts, an increase in school money under a voter-approved funding formula and opposition to cuts from the federal government, courts and Democratic state lawmakers.

Copyright 2012, Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-state-budget-20120515,0,1532582.story

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Response to pinto (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 07:37 PM

1. Like Obama, Jerry Brown walked into an economic shitstorm.

I support him, he's got some tough calls to make.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Mon May 14, 2012, 07:52 PM

3. Agree. We've got to increase revenues. And the RW meme - cut your way to recovery is wrong.

There's got to be a mix, politically, given the 2/3 standard in the state legislature. Tough one.

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Response to pinto (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 07:51 PM

2. He needs to get to work on drawing down more of the Federal $$ we're entitled to

It's our money, and we only get back 75 cents on the dollar. Our SNAP (food stamps) oprogram alone is said be leaving 3 billion, with a B, Federal dollars on the table.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Mon May 14, 2012, 07:55 PM

4. Agree, yet not sure if that's within his purview. It's a formula driven payment, iirc.

What's the background on the $3B shortfall in SNAP funding?

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Response to pinto (Reply #4)

Mon May 14, 2012, 11:08 PM

6. I'll have to delve into that

it may not be within his purview specifically, but it falls squarely within that of his department heads.

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Response to pinto (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 10:42 PM

5. Well, Jerry's finished. When's the recall election?

 

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Response to pinto (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 04:01 PM

7. The GOP response is, of course, don't raise taxes, do bigger cuts.

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