State Senator Mark Leno said he remains optimistic that legislators will come to an agreement over the state budget this week.
Support within the Democratic party for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax extensions has begun to falter, especially in the state Assembly.
Gov. Jerry Brown expressed optimism he can garner Republican support for his plan to help balance the budget with tax extensions, despite months of failed attempts at reaching across the aisle.
State legislators held the first of several planned hearings on Thursday to discuss the impacts of an all-cuts state budget.
Only a slim majority of likely California voters now support a special election on tax extensions to close the state’s budget deficit, according to a poll released Wednesday.
A March 10 deadline loomed for lawmakers considering whether to put Brown’s tax extension plan before voters in a June special election.
Governor Brown said that his bid to temporarily extend billions in taxes is imperative to the state’s economic survival.