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Brown Calls For Special Election To Fix Budget

Says 'unconscionable' not to let voters choose
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California Governor Jerry Brown (C) waves to the crowd before delivering the State of the State address as Speaker of the Assembly John Perez (L) and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (R) look on. (Getty Images)

California Governor Jerry Brown (C) waves to the crowd before delivering the State of the State address as Speaker of the Assembly John Perez (L) and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (R) look on. (Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is urging lawmakers to let California voters decide the direction of the state as it faces a gaping budget deficit, saying it would be “unconscionable” for them to block his request for a special election.

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Brown gave the first State of the State speech of his new administration Monday, asking lawmakers to set aside their partisan differences for the good of California, which faces a $25.4 billion deficit.

He wants a ballot measure this June that would ask voters to extend temporary tax increases, but Republicans have said they will not allow it.

The Democratic governor noted the recent political upheaval in Tunisia and Egypt, saying the urge to vote had stirred the imagination of people there. He says lawmakers should not prevent
Californians from exercising their own right to vote.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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