State Budget Reactions Roll In
Friday, January 6, 2012
Aired 1/6/12 on KPBS News.
Reactions to California Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget proposal continue to pour in one day after its surprise release.
Reactions to California Governor Jerry Brown's new budget proposal continue to pour in. Jon Coupal with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association said he doesn't think voters will approve new taxes - as the governor's plan assumes.
"California voters do want good public services at a fair price," said Coupal. "But unfortunately, they see what the state government spends its money on now and they're not happy. They see the over-spending; they see the pension abuses; they see the welfare fraud."
But Jean Ross with the California Budget Project feels even with a mix of taxes and cuts, the proposed reductions would be too painful.
"Programs that take care of kids, vulnerable adults, people with severe disabilities - which are about a quarter of the state budget overall - would take about three-quarters of the proposed spending cuts," said Ross.
Brown's spending plan includes four billion dollars in cuts and relies on seven billion dollars in new tax revenues.