Assembly Speaker Says State Should Not Pursue All-Cuts Budget Plan
On Tuesday, Assembly Speaker John PÃ©rez (D-Los Angeles) said that closing California's remaining deficit entirely with spending cuts should not be considered an option, the Contra Costa Times reports.
PÃ©rez also promised to pressure Republicans to be more flexible in their approach to taxes (Harmon/Krupnick, Contra Costa Times, 4/12).
Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation to reduce state spending by $11.2 billion. The measures included deep cuts to several health programs.
Brown initially planned to close the remaining $15.4 billion deficit by putting a tax extension plan on a June special election ballot, but GOP lawmakers refused to support the proposal.
The governor now is considering alternative strategies -- such as a legislative vote or a fall special election -- to pass his tax measure. If his tax proposal fails, Brown has threatened to release an all-cuts budget plan (California Healthline, 4/12).
PÃ©rez Speaks Out on Budget
Although Brown previously vowed not to raise taxes without voter approval, PÃ©rez said he made no such promise. The Assembly speaker said he will attempt to pass the tax measure with a two-thirds legislative vote that voters could ratify later.
PÃ©rez also said that Assembly Democrats plan to hold a series of summits in Republican districts across the state to drum up support for the tax measure (Contra Costa Times, 4/12).
In addition, PÃ©rez challenged GOP lawmakers to develop their own budget plan (Lin, AP/Ventura County Star, 4/12).
On Tuesday, KPCC's "KPCC News" reported on PÃ©rez's efforts to promote Brown's tax measure (Small, "KPPC News," KPCC, 4/12).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.