LOS ANGELES (KNX 1070) — As he prepares his State of the State address to be delivered Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown finds himself on the defensive over a number of issues.

His proposed budget cuts to education, the courts, fire protection and social services are being criticized by some who say the governor is making a threat of cutting those services if voters don’t approve his tax hikes this fall.

Brown rejected that criticism.

“All you have to do is look at the budget and you’ll find out that we’re gonna spend the money that we have. And if the voters will give some more money by way of a tax for five years, we can spend more. If they decide to say ‘no’ on that tax, then we won’t have several billion dollars. So it’s not really what I want, it’s really what the people want,” said Brown as he answered questions after a weekend prayer breakfast in South Los Angeles.

And as for his proposed $25 billion for the high speed train which critics say is an effort to pay for union jobs for his supporters, the governor said he’s just carrying on a project put forth by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Because it is a project that will link north and south. That will create hundreds of thousands of jobs,” he added.

Comments (5)
  1. rankin1 says:

    does Brown ever go to raider/49 ers games?


    Make No-Mistake: Gov. Moonbeam and his socialist party will extort the money from the California tax payer by releasing hundreds of thousands of violent criminals and child molesters back onto our streets and claiming he needs more tax money for the prisons. The Democrats always rule thru fear. They threaten to cut the police departments and education, which they never do because of the unions. So all they can do is let violent criminals back on to the streets if we do not give them more money. They could close the budget gap by doing away with thousands of unneeded positions and projects in the state public work sector; unfortunately again the state public work sector is heavily controlled by unions, which is where the Democrats get all their money and support.

  3. James says:

    The governor says there is no money, but illegal aliens will get college aid.

  4. bob says:

    “And if the voters will give some more money by way of a tax for five years, we can spend more.” We can spend more. We can spend more. We can spend more. We can spend more. We can spend more. We can spend more. Well, I certainly will NOT vote for any new taxes this Fall. I want to hear, “we can spend LESS”. And I for one already believe the north and the south in CA is already linked!!! I have no trouble going north or south without a high speed train!

  5. Diane says:

    Cut all services to non-US citizens (including free college education) and put US citizens on welfare to work earning the money the taxpayers provide to them! Put prisoners to work cleaning up our state! Stop letting freeloaders sit on their behinds doing nothing. If you want welfare services, you are going to have to work for it!

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