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State Lawmakers Return to Capitol: Governor Says Budget is the Focus

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown spoke of the ongoing effort to whittle down California's multi-billion dollar budget deficit during a wide-ranging end- of-the-year news conference.

"This coming year, that will again dominate certainly the first six months. The cuts I am going to propose are going to be very difficult. They will assume a tax increase voted by the voters.  Pulling it all together will be probably just as hard as last year."

Brown says the state's 26-billion dollar deficit has been cut in half-and he's begun talks with different interests to gather support for his proposed tax increases.  The Governor must present a budget proposal by January tenth to the state legislature.  He'll likely give his annual State of the State address later this month.

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