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Jerry Brown says state budget deficit will probably top $10 billion

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Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that the state budget deficit could increase by $1 billion or more above the $9.2 billion his administration estimated in January.

Brown said that because of court challenges, weaker-than-expected tax receipts and other factors, the state’s deficit would probably grow when he releases revised budget numbers next month.

‘Whether it’s $1 billion or a couple billion, we’ll let you know in a couple weeks,” Brown said after speaking to the California Medical Assn. in Sacramento.

The doctors’ group has donated more than $250,000 to Brown’s initiative for the fall ballot, which would temporarily raise taxes on sales and incomes of more than $250,000. Brown said his initiative was constructed to have the greatest chance for voter approval, even though polls show Californians are divided on the measure.

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The governor said the initiative reflected ‘my best thinking’ and noted that he’s been a student of state politics ever since his father worked for a gubernatorial campaign in the 1940s.

“I thought I knew a lot when I ran for governor, I thought I knew a lot when I ran for president,’ he said. ‘I thought I knew a little more when I ran for mayor of Oakland, I thought I knew a little more when I ran for attorney general, and now, here as governor again.”

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--Anthony York in Sacramento


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