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Brown: "Things that are Good" Must Be Cut to Balance Calif. Budget

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 14, 2012

The governor was his customary quotable self as he announced his proposal to balance a deficit that is now $16 billion. 

Brown: "I would urge a modicum of stoicism and less of indulging your propensity to immediate gratification."

To do so, Brown says California must cut what he calls "things that are good in and of themselves."  Like welfare and child care.  College financial aid.  Health care for the poor.  And a five percent cut to state worker compensation.

He's also framing the choice facing voters this fall: Approve his sales and income tax measure - or else school districts would lose money equivalent to three weeks of classes.  California's public universities would also take big cuts.

Republicans reject that choice - and say the governor should avoid tax increases and make deeper cuts.

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