Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Brown signs $14 billion in cuts, warns of more pain

California Governor Jerry Brown (pictured at right) signed $14 billion in budget cuts today (Thursday, March 24), largely hitting social services. Brown still needs to find another $12.6 billion to close the budget gap through next year, however. He warned that if Republican lawmakers don’t allow his proposal on extending some taxes to go to the state’s voters, the cuts will be worse.

“These are painful cuts,” said Brown, but “we have a deficit. We have to do something.”

He said if more revenue isn’t found, the next round of cuts “will be much more painful, and much more destructive.”

It seems that Republicans aren’t the only people who aren’t looking favorably at the possibility of tax extensions.

The Public Policy Institute of California released poll results this week showing that public support for a June special election on the extensions has declined since he proposed it in January.

While 66 percent of likely voters said at the time that a special election was a good idea, 51 percent say so today, according to the poll, which was released Wednesday, March 23.

Support has also declined since January for the package that voters would be considering – a five-year extension of temporary increases in income and sales taxes and the vehicle license fee, PPIC said. Today, 46 percent of likely voters favor the governor’s proposal, a decline of eight points, poll results showed.

The poll’s findings are based on a telephone survey of 2,000 California adult residents from March 8–15. The margin of error for the 935 likely voters polled is plus or minus 4.2 percent.

There was more pain for anyone watching the webcast of the signing ceremony today. More speakers, including out Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) were set to share comments after Brown, but the video cut out, and a sign saying “The webcast will begin shortly” filled the screen.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 24, 2011 @ 1:33 pm PST
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