Thursday, January 20, 2011
SACRAMENTO, Calif. After two weeks of campaigning for his budget proposal, Governor Jerry Brown said he still doesn’t have any Republicans on board.
“No, but it’s early in the game. I think there’s hints that they’re looking at working together in a positive way. I would say that’s all we are right now,” Brown said.
Following a breakfast with the Legislative Black Caucus, Brown told reporters he is committed to getting Republican votes for the proposal. He said he still has no plans to push it through without GOP support. But most GOP legislators have signed an anti-tax pledge.
Brown’s proposal to close the $25 billion budget gap includes more than $12 billion in cuts to nearly every area of state government. He’s also asking voters to approve an extension of tax hikes.