Brown On Budget Talks: “I Want $2 Billion Too. But I Don’t Believe It”
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Aired 5/30/13 on KPBS News.
California Governor Jerry Brown says he hopes to reach a state budget deal by the legislature’s June 15th constitutional deadline.
California Governor Jerry Brown said he hopes to reach a state budget deal by the legislature's June 15th constitutional deadline.
But several outstanding issues remain between Brown and Democratic legislative leaders, including revenue projections over the next year.
The spending plans put forth by Senate and Assembly Democrats rely on a higher estimate than the governor does. Brown continued his recent cautious tone when asked about those proposals Wednesday.
"Well, I want $2 billion more, too. But I don't believe it. And I'm not willing to bet on capital gains and Wall Street. We've been disappointed too often," Brown said.
But the governor avoided any sharp criticism of his Democratic negotiating partners, saying he doesn't think that would help the process.
Brown said he met with legislative leaders Wednesday afternoon.
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