Capitol Alert
By David Siders
October 10, 2015

  • California governor cites failure of Legislature to approve healthcare tax he wanted

Gov. Jerry Brown, warning of a “precariously balanced” state budget and the prospect of more than $1 billion in spending cuts next year, on Saturday vetoed a slate of bills to create new tax credits or expand existing ones.

The vetoes followed the Legislature’s failure to renew and expand a tax on managed-care organizations that helps pay for healthcare for the poor, a top goal of Brown’s when he called lawmakers into a special session on healthcare in June.

In a message attached to his veto of nine bills, Brown said that “without the extension of the managed care organization tax that I called for in a special session, next year’s budget faces the prospect of over $1 billion in cuts.

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