Jerry Brown offers state budget update in new video


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Gov. Jerry Brown said in an online video Sunday that he wants changes in pensions regulations and state pensions to be part of a budget deal, but he still lacks the support from four Republican lawmakers to place those reforms and billions in taxes before voters this fall.

Brown said his plan “will put California’s finances on a firm footing for many, many years to come...but what we don’t have are the four Republican votes necessary to put it to a vote of the people of California.”


He did not outline what those policy changes would entail, but said he was “really perplexed at why a package of this magnitude and this permanence ... cannot be allowed for you the people to decide on.

Brown posted the video to his YouTube channel Sunday, just three days before lawmakers are constitutionally required to pass a budget, to give his budget status report to voters.

This year, for the first time, lawmakers’ pay will be docked if no spending plan is in place by Wednesday’s deadline.

Brown plans to hold a Capitol press conference Monday with representatives from many of the various groups that have backed his budget, and the idea of placing higher vehicle, sales and income tax rates before voters, along with changes to state pensions and a limit of future state spending.

Among those represented Monday will be labor, public safety, education and business groups, said Brown spokesman Gil Duran.



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