Brown Mum On Temporary Tax Hike Rumors

Adviser: no announcements planned until January

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is keeping quiet about his plans to tackle a $28 billion budget deficit despite reports that he plans a special election to extend temporary tax increases.

Brown adviser Steve Glazer said Thursday that next month is the appropriate time for the incoming governor to lay out his plan in full. The governor has to propose a budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year by Jan. 10.

KNX 1070’s Bill Cooper reports Brown is attempting to succeed where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger tried and failed.

The Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee, citing unnamed sources, have reported that Brown will propose extending temporary state taxes that are set to expire by July.

The temporary increases in the sales and income taxes and vehicle license fee were approved in February 2009. Glazer would neither confirm nor deny Brown’s interest in extending those taxes.

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