(AP) — California's nonpartisan legislative analyst disagrees with Gov. Jerry Brown's projection of a budget deficit if voters don't renew temporary tax increases on the rich.
Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor on Friday projected that California will run budget surpluses in each of the next four fiscal years if there is no recession.
Brown last week projected deficits in three of the next four budget years that would reach $4 billion by 2019-20 if the voter-approved tax hikes expire. Brown did not take a position on extending the taxes but said failing to do so would result in budget cuts.
Taylor's more optimistic projections are based on estimates of both higher revenue and lower costs, particularly for Medi-Cal, California's health plan for the poor.