KQED Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers flags, via Twitter, Gov. Jerry Brown’s press release on his budget announcement, due out at 11 a.m. The headline: The governor’s plan cuts another $12.5 billion out of the state budget (the cutting has been going on so long that we need to do a refresher on what’s left in the budget and how it compares to the high-water-mark years before nuclear winter The Great Recession set in). Headline 2: Brown will ask voters to extend “temporary” increases in the state sales and income taxes for five years.

The budget press release John points to is here. The budget will be posted in its entirety here: ebudget.ca.gov/. And if you’re in a budget-watching mood, the 11 a.m. announcement will be carried here: www.calchannel.com/.

Brown Budget: Governor Scoops Himself 10 January,2011Dan Brekke

  • Marty

    Bottom line, he’s raising taxes. On top of which he says he wants to repeal or amend prop 13, the very tax cutting measure that ushered him out of town when he was Gov the first time. The state needs to declare bankruptcy, reorganize it’s debt, re-negotiate pension deals with unions, and dramatically shrink and automate government. Brown could literally double taxes and it still doesn’t get us out of the whole we’re in, dug with too much spending.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

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