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Most Trigger Cuts Coming, But K-12 School Days Spared

Aired 12/13/11 on KPBS News.

Governor Jerry Brown said the state of California must cut an additional billion dollars from this year’s budget because revenues are coming in far below projections.

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses mid-year trigger cuts to the state budget at a Capitol news conference.
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Above: Gov. Jerry Brown discusses mid-year trigger cuts to the state budget at a Capitol news conference.

Governor Jerry Brown said the state of California must cut an additional billion dollars from this year’s budget because revenues are coming in far below projections.

“These cuts – to the university, the in-home supportive services, to schools, to prosecution – they’re not good," said Brown. "This is not the way we’d like to run California. But we have to live within our means.”

Speaking at the Capitol Tuesday, the governor said revenues would fall more than two billion dollars below the amount he and legislative Democrats hoped for in the budget they approved in June. That means mid-year “trigger” cuts will take effect on January first. But the state expects just enough money to come in to avoid the need to cut seven days of school for K-12 students.

Brown said he’ll lay out even more cuts when he proposes his new budget in January. He’ll also include trigger cuts in next year’s budget in case voters reject his November 2012 sales and income tax initiative.

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