On politics in the Golden State
April 7, 2011 | 6:02 pm

With talks at a standstill in Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown is taking the budget show on the road this weekend, beginning Friday at a meeting with education officials in Riverside.

That’s in the district of Senate minority leader Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), who said he won’t be attending because of a previous engagement. Dutton did take the time to send Brown a matter-of-fact letter on “a few facts you should know about” his district before arriving.

Among them: That 73% of voters there opposed extending taxes in 2009, the unemployment rate in Riverside County is 14.1% and that “your proposed budget does nothing to create jobs and, in fact, threatens many Inland Empire jobs.”

Dutton has posted the full letter online here.

Brown hopes to use his appearances in GOP districts to drum up public support to extend taxes increases to balance the budget. Republicans have opposed that plan.

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