Governor Brown says the deficit has shrunk to about 10 billion dollars. That's largely due to healthier-than-expected tax revenues. Brown wants to use that money in part to reduce his tax extension package. He's taking the personal income tax increase off the table for one year. Brown's also focused on paying down some debt:
"There's something infantile about the idea we spend and then we borrow, well in balance that's ok, but we've exceeded the limit and what I'm saying is the wall of debt has to be brought down. My plan does that."