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Governor Says California Is Making Progress, But Tax Hikes And Additional Budget Cuts Still Needed To Close Budget Gap

Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 3:50pm

In his “State Of The State” address today, California Governor Jerry Brown says it will take a combination of additional budget cuts, and some new temporary taxes to keep efforts on track to balance the state budget.

In a speech heard live on KCLU, Brown talked about an ambitious priority list for state government in 2012, which includes improving schools, launching the nation’s first high-speed rail system, reforming pensions, building renewable energy, and finalizing a state water strategy which will meet environmental demands, and California’s consumer water needs.

In the Republican response, party leaders attacked Brown’s proposal to ask voters to reenact some taxes which expired last year, calling it unnecessary, because they say the state’s economy is making a comeback.

They also condemned the Governor’s efforts to ease state prison overcrowding by returning non-violent offenders to counties to serve their terms, saying the plan adversely affects public safety.

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