On politics in the Golden State
Jerry Brown’s budget cuts deep, looks to extend tax hikes, reshapes government
January 10, 2011 | 10:06 am

Gov. Jerry Brown will unveil a stark budget plan for California on Monday, proposing to slash welfare spending in half, cut nearly 20% from the state’s university system and reduce healthcare coverage for the poor — while asking that voters approve an array of tax increases.

Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement he is proposing a budget composed roughly of half cuts and half taxes to confront a budget shortfall that his office has estimated at $25.4 billion.

Brown said his $84.6-billion general fund spending plan “will be painful, requiring sacrifice from every sector of the state, but we have no choice,”

The only area largely spared deep reductions in spending is K-12 schools, he said.

Tax subsidies for redevelopment would be axed and hundreds of millions of dollars for “enterprise zones” meant to stir hiring in depressed areas would be reallocated. State workers not under a collective bargaining contract would have their pay cut by 10%.

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