Jerry Brown has made a point of being completely blunt when it
comes to the state's budget. He dedicated much of his inaugural
address to the topic:
GOVERNOR BROWN: "The budget I present next week will be
painful, but it will be an honest budget. The items of spending
will be matched with available tax revenues."
Brown has said he won't raise taxes without voter approval -
which is why a lot of people are expecting a ballot measure to at
least extend current taxes that would help support education
funding. Of course the weak economy is largely to blame for
California's fiscal problems. But Jason Sisney with the nonpartisan
Legislative Analyst's Office says odds are things aren't going to
improve any time soon.
JASON SISNEY: "It's not a good bet to bet that the economy
will rescue the state and local governments from this
Sisney says that means California's fiscal crisis is probably
going to last a long time.
JASON SISNEY: "It's likely to be a number of
years of very painful budgets without some of the tools like
federal funding that have helped us get through the last few years.
The state and local governments are on their own now, and it's the
job of Californians to address this problem, and that's going to
mean very hard decisions over a number of years."
According to the Legislative Analyst's Findings, California
will have budget shortfalls around 20 billion dollars through the
next six years. So, the spending plan that Governor Brown
introduces today is just a small step in getting California's
fiscal house in order.