Gov. Brown Wants June Special Election On State Budget

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)- In an exclusive interview with KCBS, Governor Jerry Brown rejected a new idea floated by some GOP legislators: let California voters consider tax cuts, as well as tax increase extensions. Instead, the governor wants a special election in June to focus solely on his plan to balance the budget.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

After the governor’s State of the State speech, some Republican lawmakers said they’d be willing to go along with Governor Brown and call for a special election, if they could put their own parallel tax cut proposals on the ballot, along with his plan to extend three expiring tax increases. They say voters should have the choice, but Governor Brown said they can forget about it.

“There’s a bit of flim flam out there when people say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a 30 percent gap, let me make it worse by making it a 40 percent gap!’ A further tax cut would take us down that road I think,” said Brown.

The governor said he wants voters to decide whether to extend taxes to patch about half the $25 billion hole in the budget, not lower taxes to make that hole even bigger.

“That’s a cut. That’s about a $10 billion cut, and now they want to add on another $10 billion so that we have $20 billion? So instead of cutting the universities we’re going to have to get a loan from them,” said Brown.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Governor Brown’s request for a June special election could be a vote-by-mail situation:

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  1. Rose Anderson says:

    When discussing cuts I would like some specifics expressed in percentages. Then I might understand what might be accomplished. Non specific cuts does not give me a feeling of reality or any idea how to vote.

  2. Big G says:

    Stay true to The Union Bosses Jerry, blame the minority for the Democratic failure of 20 plus years. Oh by the way didn’t the voters reject the last 2 special elections for putting the burden on us. When Jerry are you going to listen to the voters & get serious about the budget mess!!!

  3. BACnOAK says:

    Please! No special elections. It was a waste of money and resources last time. And will be a waste again. We elect leaders to take care of the budget and they have lat things get out of control. They need to fix it like we elected them to. If they can’t and the problem needs to come back to the voter, why bother with elected officials. Get rid of them all, let us vote on a state wide basis as individuals for specifics, no fluf. That way we get what we want, no elected official, and their salaries and any funds for an office, secretary, computers, cars, etc. Goes away and funneled back into the budget for things we need like healthcare, roads… I’m so tied of elected officials passing the buck.

    1. WILEY says:

      YEA, AFTER OVER 40 YEARS OF DEMOCRATS RUNNING CALIF. INTO THE GROUND, ANOTHER LYING DEMOCRAT IS GOING TOFIX THE DEBT PROBLEM. YOU VOTED MOONBEAM IN, NOW BEND OVER AND TAKE THE TAX HIKES LIKE GOOD LITTLE LIBERALS!

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