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Brown Wants Lawmakers To Approve Special Election

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Sacramento, CA– Governor Jerry Brown says he still wants lawmakers to call for a special tax election.

Brown hopes to win a vote in the Legislature to ask Californians whether they want to extend increases to the sales, personal income and vehicle taxes to help close the rest of the state budget deficit.

Today the governor said he would prefer that approach to an independent ballot initiative. Last week he ended talks with GOP lawmakers over his plans to hold a special June tax election.

Brown says regardless of political affiliation, Californians have no appetite for billions of dollars in cuts to public schools, universities, fire protection and law enforcement.
The governor has already signed $11.2 billion in spending cuts, mostly to social services, leaving California with a $15.4 billion budget deficit.

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