LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Gov. Jerry Brown will discuss his proposal to eliminate the state budget deficit Thursday night when he makes his first public appearance in Los Angeles since being sworn in last month.
Brown is scheduled to speak at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s 122nd annual Inaugural Dinner at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live.
In the State of the State speech on Jan. 31, Brown said his “intention is to make California again a leader in job creation, renewable energy and state of the art efficiency, innovation of all kinds and a solid primary and secondary education,” restructure the criminal justice system, realign state and local government functions and streamline state government.
All those goals are possible “if we find the courage and summon the will to tackle our budget deficit head on and deal with it honestly and without purpose of evasion,” Brown said.
Brown also reiterated his call to place a five-year extension of tax increases initially adopted in 2009 on a special election ballot, eliminate redevelopment agencies and make cuts to close the $25 billion budget deficit.
Brown has yet to publicly win any Republican support to get the two- thirds vote required to place the tax increase extension on the ballot.
Many mayors, including Los Angeles’ Antonio Villaraigosa have also opposed the plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies.
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