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May 14, 2012, 1:43 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday released his plan to contain California’s rapidly growing deficit by closing state offices one day a week, deepening healthcare cuts and implementing a variety of short-term fixes — all in the hope that voters give the state more breathing room by approving higher taxes in November.

Brown warned that the deficit could grow significantly if his proposed ballot measure to raise the state sales tax and income levies on high earners fails. He says that would trigger severe cuts in public education that would be the equivalent of lopping three weeks off the school year.

“I’m linking these serious budget reductions … with a plea to the voters: Please increase taxes temporarily,” Brown said at a morning news conference to announce his revised plan for the budget year that begins July 1.

California’s deficit has swelled to nearly $16 billion, the governor said — almost double what he assumed in his initial budget proposal in January. The shortfall is a result of lower-than-projected tax receipts, an increase in school money under a voter-approved funding formula and opposition to cuts from the federal government, courts and Democratic state lawmakers.

To help close the gap, Brown is grabbing any spare change available to the government — from nearly $300 million that the state received as part of the national settlement on mortgage wrongdoing to $1.4 billion in affordable housing funds surrendered by local redevelopment agencies in January.

Brown, who promised voters while campaigning in 2010 that he would end years of budget trickery in Sacramento, acknowledged that he was relying on “one-time revenues to handle one-time problems.”

He added: “This is the best that I could do.”

The revised spending plan would increase reductions in Medi-Cal, the state’s healthcare program for the poor, to $1.2 billion. It would save $400 million by shifting government offices to a four-day week, lowering state worker pay by reducing weekly work hours from 40 to 38 – which would require negotiations with state worker unions.

Brown would largely maintain the $1.2-billion reductions in welfare and childcare funds that he proposed in January. Home care for the elderly and disabled is also on the chopping block, with a proposed $225 million cut that would include 7% sliced from aides’ hours.

In total, state spending would increase under Brown’s plan by 5.6% to $91.4 billion. The proposal assumes that total revenue, mostly from income taxes, would grow 10.2% during the next fiscal year to $95.7 billion.

Brown’s plan is built around the expectation that voters will approve higher taxes in November. Without those levies, he said Monday, public schools and community colleges would be sliced by $5.5 billion, and the University of California and California State University systems would be cut by $250 million each. Other popular programs, like lifeguards at state beaches, would also get the ax, for a total of nearly $6.1 billion in extra cuts.

University officials unsuccessfully pleaded with Brown to increase their funding to help avoid tuition increases or enrollment cuts; without more funding, UC students could end up paying 6% more, and Cal State students, who already are set to pay a 9% hike for next fall, will face more limits on enrollment next spring. Both systems warn of much more severe measures if voters reject the proposed November tax measures.

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Jerry Brown was born on April 7th, 1938 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_brown
April 7th, 1938
April 7th
4 + 7 +2+0+1+2 = 16 = his personal year (from April 7th, 2012 to April 6th, 2013) = Shocks.  Surprises.  Unprecedented.  Unpredictable.  Bankruptcy.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can  happen.
The Tower Tarot card
16 year + 5 (May) = 21 = his personal month (from May 7th, 2012 to June 6th, 2012) = Seeing the big picture.  On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

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