In an interview with Capital Public Radio, Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff said he's not a fan of the governor's tax proposal - but he doesn't object to planning budget cuts ahead of time in case the tax fails at the polls.
Huff: "I think it is fair to say, this is how I would cut. Just understand that Republicans disagree with how - if we were the majority party, you would see a different priority in government - what you would fund, what you would cut."
He says Senate Republicans would rather focus on a program's "performance" and make each program justify its existence to keep its funding.
Huff also says he doesn't support keeping the $11 billion water bond on the November ballot in its current form. Instead, he wants to pare it down or push it back to a future election.
Evaluating Governor Brown
Huff says Californians are still waiting for Jerry Brown to show some accomplishments after Brown's first year back in the governor's office.
Huff: "He has been engaged, but I don't think we've seen results. I think that's frustrated him. I think it frustrated the people that elected him to office. He has a great opportunity to do good things. This year is going to be pivotal to him. Again, as Republican leader, I hope to work with him on that, so I don't want to slam him, although I think there's plenty of things I could."
Huff says he doesn't agree with the governor's proposed tax initiative. But the senator does think it's fair to publicly lay out mid-year trigger cuts if the tax measure fails at the polls.
Huff also says he believes his caucus would provide the votes to help pass Brown's 12-point pension overhaul - and that Brown's plan would fix "most of the problems" with the state's current pension system.