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As Deadline Looms, Gov. Brown Releases YouTube Video About California's Budget

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June 15th is the day the State Budget gets voted on by our legislators, and as that day nears, Governor Jerry Brown has taken to YouTube with a video message about what he wants to do, and what he needs to happen to get it done.

Brown explains that his plan has four components, which he breaks down as follows:

1. Bringing people closer to the government--what he calls "Realignment."
2. Deep and permanent cuts to ongoing state programs
3. A temporary extension of taxes, but only upon a vote
4. Reforms: Regulations, pensions, and cap on state spending.

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The Governor believes that if this plan is accepted and implemented, the state will be on "on a firm footing" when it comes to our state's finances. However, "what we don't have are the four Republican votes," it will take to get this budget put on the ballot, since it takes a two-thirds vote for such a measure to be put to a vote.

Brown says he's baffled at why this isn't an easier pass among his legislators, since all it is doing is turning the plan over to the people to approve or reject.