Who isn't headed out of town this spring? The California Republican party has kicked off a statewide tour. Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro says legislative leaders and party officials will make stops in a number of cities, including Fresno, Riverside, San Diego and Redding:
"And we want to talk to people about the great issues of the day. Not only of course the budget, but issues like education and of course, Jerry's tax increase."
Governor Jerry Brown is headed off on a tour of his own. Stops this week include a visit to a Riverside elementary school. Brown says he wants to take his case for tax extensions directly to the people:
"I want to give voice to the educators, to law enforcement, to fire fighters throughout the state, because they see a part of California that is important and that needs the financing of the tax extensions."
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says the budget committee will also begin holding hearings in other parts of the state. He says he's not trying to panic people, but he wants Californians to know what the impact of an all-cuts budget would be:
"Will it change people's minds? I don't know. I hope so. It's our responsibility though. I think it's the responsibility of elected officials to present the clear choices to people in a calm intelligent way."
However, it is very unlikely that a majority of lawmakers would vote for an all-cuts budget. The Governor says he'll present a revised budget proposal in May that will probably include alternatives for eliminating the remaining 15 billion dollar deficit.