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Jerry Brown Reacts to Prop 13

March 29, 2010 10:53 a.m.

Governor Jerry Brown reacts to the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978.

Governor Jerry Brown reacts to the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978.

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JERRY BROWN: Proposition 13 takes place on July 1st. We have only three weeks to act. Three weeks to decide multi-billion dollars' of fiscal questions, to set a new direction for the 5,000 units of government throughout our state. It is time to put aside partisan differences. The vote represented Democrats and Republicans, people from the north and the south, old and young, and all parts of our wonderful state. We must follow three basic principles: No new state taxes -- voters have told us they want a tax cut, they don't want a shell game. Number two, the state must share the burden. We must adopt a thoughtful, austere budget. Already I have imposed a hiring freeze. There will be no new hiring, and when someone leaves state service, he or she will not be replaced unless there is an emergency or unless there is extraordinary reason. We must keep the uncertainty to a minimum. I will propose budget cuts of at least 300 million dollars. The more money we can save at the state level, the more we can share with local governments, fire, police, schools, cities, counties, and all those who carry out the peoples' work.