California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s more optimistic about a state budget deal than he was a few weeks ago.
Brown says he continues to meet with a handful of Republican lawmakers about the state budget. He won’t say who they are – but is encouraged, saying, “I read their feelings as positive, as they express it to me. Their words, their affect and their presence speaks volumes and my judgment is that we’re getting close to getting the votes.”
The Governor says he’s discussing items on the GOP wish list, including reduced state employee pension benefits and a limit on future state spending. Brown wants voters to approve an extension of several tax increases to help eliminate the state’s 10 billion dollar deficit. He needs two Republican votes in each house of the legislature to put the measure on the ballot. So far, Republicans remain opposed to the move.