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Brown Budget: Deep Cuts To Welfare, Higher Ed and Social Services

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 10, 2011

To close the budget hole of at least 25 billion dollars, Brown proposes cutting higher education, welfare, social services and state employee salaries.  All told, he's calling for 12.5 billion dollars in cuts.  

GOVERNOR BROWN: "What I propose will be painful.  It's going to take sacrifice from every sector of California."

Brown says that includes taxpayers. He hopes to ask voters in June to extend temporary sales, income and vehicle tax hikes for five more years.  Otherwise, they would expire this year.

The one area spared under Brown's spending plan is K-12 education.  He says schools have been cut enough in recent budgets. 

The Governor is also calling for a major shift in responsibility for some programs from the state to local governments.


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