Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 17, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown said this afternoon that the state budget deficit could be $1 billion or more greater than the $9.2 billion he previously thought.

“I think it will be bigger than it was before,” the Democratic governor told reporters after speaking to the California Medical Association in Sacramento. “Whether it’s $1 billion or a couple billion, we’ll let you know in a couple weeks.”

Brown will release revised budget projections in May.

Legislative Democrats so far this year have resisted spending cuts Brown proposed and his request that they be enacted by March. Lawmakers have said they will wait until later in the budget calendar to make cuts.

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