PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 26, 2012 | 7:00 am

California cities are suing Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration over its tough tactics to secure money from defunct redevelopment agencies, a key part of the state budget.

In its lawsuit, the League of California Cities targets legislation that penalizes local governments when they don’t turn over redevelopment money. Chris McKenzie, the league’s executive director, said the law was unconstitutional because it allowed the state to garnish local tax revenue.

California is dissolving redevelopment agencies this year, and Brown has counted on $3.1 billion to help plug the state budget hole. Much of the money goes to schools, reducing the state’s spending obligations.

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