November 28, 2011, 5:11 pm • Posted by John Myers

Assembly Speaker John Perez isn’t ruling it out — never say never, one supposes — but nonetheless says that talk of the Legislature stopping, or even just rejiggering, the budget’s automatic spending cuts isn’t likely to go anywhere.

“I don’t know of another approach that has greater support than the triggers that we already voted on,” said Perez in comments to reporters after today’s long and contentious meeting of the regents of the University of California.

The exact depth of the so-called “trigger” cuts won’t be known for another two weeks, when Governor Jerry Brown’s budget team releases its state economic and revenue forecast. You’ll remember that the budget Brown signed into law in late June contained language that identified almost $2.5 billion in new spending cuts if revenue predictions dropped by more than $2 billion.

The prediction of the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office — which, along with the governor’s team, makes the assessment — is that revenues will miss the mark by $3.7 billion, thus triggering most of the identified cuts. That would include an additional $100 million in cuts to both the UC and CSU systems, plus deep cuts in health and human services and a whopping $1.4 billion in cuts to K-12 schools and community colleges.

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