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Governor Vetoes Automatic Spending Cuts

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 9:51am

Governor Jerry Brown promised lawmakers he’d veto a lot of bills and is starting to deliver. He’s vetoed a measure that involved automatic spending cuts – and signed two others that bring in revenue.

When lawmakers passed the state budget this year, it included a set of so-called “trigger cuts.” They’re reductions that will kick in for higher education, K-12 and health and human services if state revenues don’t come in as expected. But lawmakers passed a bill that would have allowed them to revisit the trigger cuts.

In his veto message, the Governor asked why he would want to “undermine the plan that has earned widespread support and helped stabilize California’s finances.”

At the same time, Brown signed two other bills. One extends a hospital fee that brings in billions of federal dollars. The other extends a tax on managed health care plans for a year.

Brown still has hundreds of bills to act on before October 9th.

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