Gov. Brown Proposes Cuts and Taxes in State of the State

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In his State of the State address Governor Jerry Brown not only talked about California’s progress, but also proposed cuts and temporary taxes.

“Neither is popular, but both must be done," he said.

The Governor said they have been able to reduce the state’s deficit from $20 Billion to $15 Billion, and said that is the way to help close the gap.

Republicans said the proposal is vintage Jerry Brown.

"Taxes, taxes, taxes is always the solution,” said Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, “We're told it's a temporary tax (but it) funds permanent program."

Conway suggested capital gains and sales revenue went up last year because temporary taxes weren’t extended.

Brown added another way to grow the economy is with green jobs and energy, which included high speed rail.

He said they have a proposal to begin initial construction on high speed rail before the year is out.

"President Obama strongly supports the project and provided the majority of funds for the first phase," said Brown.

Republicans don’t think that’s the right direction.

"Subsidizing the green economy is the same as in Greece and Italy and Spain. It's not going to pencil," said Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Grass Valley.

“We need real jobs, right now, shovel ready," said Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R- Dana Point, “Not a hundred miles dug up in the middle of the central valley on a train no one will use.”

The Governor shifted the focus to education. Along with promising more tax dollars, Brown also talked about holding principals and teachers accountable as well as changes for standardized testing; he wants less tests and the results being available in weeks instead of months.

Republicans agreed education is important, but the Governor’s focus should be getting people back to work.

Brown believes that will happen, "We're on the move, we're on the mend, let’s get it done."

Right after his speech, the Governor began a two-day swing through southern California to rally support for his proposals.

To read the full text of Governor Brown’s speech, click here.

Two weeks ago, Governor Brown outlined his proposed 2012 budget, it included cutting nearly a Billion and a half. He also incorporated a temporary income and sales tax that he hopes will be approved to help balance the budget.

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