Sacramento, CA — Governor elect Jerry Brown plans to meet with Republican and Democratic leaders in Sacramento today to start talks about closing a new budget deficit.
“I expect to have some difficult discussions, but will go forward and do the best I can,” Brown stated at a press conference. “I am very aware of the deficit and how long it’s been around. It has defied the best efforts of several governors. All I can tell you is that I didn’t create this mess, and I’m going to be straight and tell it like it is.”
Brown added, “We’re going to move as much government and responsibility as we can to the local level, and no new taxes, unless the people make it clear that’s what they want and express that in an actual vote of the electorate.”
California’s budget deficit is estimated to be around $12 billion, according to the Associated Press.