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Governor Jerry Brown released his revised budget proposal today. Among the headlines:

  • A surge in tax revenue has netted the state an unexpected $6.6 billion.
  • Despite the surprise existence of those extra funds, Brown still wants to extend some taxes. From the Sacramento Bee:

    Brown’s January budget called for an extension of higher sales and vehicle tax rates, as well as a retroactive extension of higher income taxes, all for five years. The governor is still calling for the 1 percent sales tax extension and the 0.5 percent vehicle license fee extension after June, when the rates are slated to decrease.

    But he is requesting that the 0.25 income tax surcharge be delayed until 2012. It would last until 2015.

    Brown said the taxes are needed to prevent large deficits in the future. From the San Jose Mercury News:

    Without the renewal of the higher taxes, Brown said California faces a budget deficit of about $20 billion in two years.

    He would not say whether he had an alternate plan if Republican lawmakers continue to block his call for tax renewals.

    “I’m not going to give the Republicans a roadmap to ruin, I’m giving them a roadmap to success,” he said. “I want to see balanced, honest budgeting, and that’s what I’m proposing.”

  • The new budget adds $3 billion to what was originally proposed for education.

Listen to Brown’s press conference here:

Part 1

Part 2

The revised budget is available at the Dept of Finance web site.

For a blow by blow of Brown’s press conference, check out the tweets of KQED’s John Myers:

Jerry Brown Announces Budget Revision; Revenue Surge Slashes Deficit But Guv Still Wants Tax Extensions 16 May,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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