Brown: We Don’t Have GOP Votes To Pass Budget Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says he has been unable to secure enough Republican votes to pass his plan for addressing California’s $26.6 billion budget deficit.

He has been meeting with GOP lawmakers individually and in groups for weeks.

On Monday, the Democratic governor addressed the board of governors for the California Community College.

He told reporters afterward that he might not win the two Republican votes he needs in each legislative house by his Thursday deadline. Brown needs their support to ask voters to extend temporary sales, income and vehicle tax hikes for another five years.

He will balance that revenue with $12 billion in spending cuts.

Brown says Republicans want to add “collateral issues,” such as school and pension reform to the budget talks, but says there isn’t enough time.

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  • lenny

    Brown and you politicians wake up and smell the tacos! Get rid of the illegals in California leeching off the system and we would be out of debt. They do not pay taxes and use up our healthcare without paying and are a burden to our jails and bring down property values. Why don’t you enforce the laws. If you are not here legally, out you go along with your anchor babies who are not real citizens as their parents broke the law just being here. Start there and we could have something!

  • Fred

    Once again, the “Party of No” has demonstrated that all they care about is themselves. They have “no” published budget; they have “no” ideas; and, soon they will have “no” job when the rest of us vote them out of existance. I hope that they wake up quickly before it’s too late.

    • donnyV

      Agree 100% Fred. Dumb liberals letting illegals have a free ride is bankrupting this state. Now I hate illegals even more!

    • Seany

      If your kid is asking for candy right before dinner, the correct reply is no.

      Oftentimes, no is necessary. Otherwise we’d all ruin our dinners.

  • dean

    When we see real reform then we can talk about keeping the TEMPORARY taxes shoved down our throats a couple years ago. The Democrats have never met a tax increase that they do not love, and there is no such thing as temporary tax, they are all permanent.

  • dean

    Also, had the Gov. started talking serious about reform of supposed collateral issues from the beginning there would have been plenty of time, he has wasted two months just trying to scare the populace into voting for another 5 years of killer taxes.

  • geeM

    The majority of the budget goes toward education and it’s related subsidies. I assume the MASSIVE budget cuts that will be needed here directly as a result of the NO TAX EXTENSION ideas wiil be to education and social programs. The howling will start shortly, as will the litigation costs. We had that with Arnold.

  • ginny

    Well, let’s see, when Arnold was in office the Dems said NO to reaching an agreement on budget cuts,etc. So why is is expected that now that Brown is in office the Repubs are expected to lock step into Browns proposals? I’m an Indep. and as far as I am concerned, until our elected officials grow a set, and cut off all illegal residents services/programs I’ll vote no to any increases they want no matter what it is for. Heck Arnold even sent bills and filed suits against the Federal Govt. for the monies we were having to spend to meet Federal mandates since they were just that Federal but not funded from the Federal level.

  • geeM

    I’m not disagreeing with most of the above comments. Just tried to make light of the shock wave and blowback that massive and abrupt budget cuts would (or will) cause.

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