Tuesday July 25th 2017

Governor Brown Proposes More Budget Cuts

CYPRESS Calif. (FNP) Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. released a revised state budget proposal Monday that will cut $8.3 billion from state spending. The governor told reporters that the nation’s economic recovery has been slower than expected.

“Lower tax revenues, coupled with federal government obstructions that blocked billions in necessary cuts, have created a deeper budget hole,” Brown said. “More painful reductions will be necessary as a result, but education and public safety must be protected.”

Greece and Spain are not the only governments considering austerity. The state of California plans to cut spending from almost every part of the government. But not everyone thinks Brown is doing enough.

“Nearly a year and a half into his Governorship, Jerry Brown has yet to deal with the realities of the State budget crisis he claimed he would fix,” said Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “What is even more stunning is the Governor’s statement that needed reforms would have to wait until after his proposed tax hikes.”

Brown said that his budget will increase spending for K-12, as long as voters approve a tax increase in November. Public safety will continue to be funded, according to the governor.

“We can’t balance the budget with cuts alone; that would just further undermine our public schools,” said Governor Brown. “The budget I am proposing will boost funding for education, protect public safety and prevent an even deeper round of trigger cuts.”

The budget revision announced today provides more cuts than the January proposal. Another $4.1 billion will be slashed from state employee compensation, welfare, health care, higher education, and courts. In total, the state will cut $8.3 billion from these programs.

Photo of Governor Brown at 2010 rally by: Mark Miller

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